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A Quick Tip by drifter51

  • May 17, 2012
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An exceptionally talented vocalist who would have been a star in any era. Although she was dubbed the "Queen of Disco" Donna could sing all kinds of songs. So sorry to hear of her untimely death today at the age of 63. She will be missed.
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Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
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One of the most talented singers to emerge from the 1970's. Wonder what she's up to these days?
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Donna Summer's title as the "Queen of Disco" wasn't mere hype — she was one of the very few disco performers to enjoy a measure of career longevity, and her consistent chart success was rivaled in the disco world only by the Bee Gees. Summer was certainly a talented vocalist, trained as a powerful gospel belter, but then again, so were many of her contemporaries. Of major importance in setting Summer apart were her songwriting abilities and her choice of talented collaborators in producers/songwriters Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, which resulted in a steady supply of high-quality (and, often, high-concept) material. But what was more, few vocalists could match the sultry, unfettered eroticism Summer brought to many of her best recordings, which seemed to embody the spirit of the disco era perfectly. The total package made Summer the ultimate disco diva, one of the few whose star power was even bigger than the music.

Summer was born LaDonna Andre Gaines on December 31, 1948, and grew up in Boston's Mission Hill section. Part of a religious family, she first sang in her church's gospel choir, and as a teenager performed with a rock group called the Crow. After high school, she moved to New York to sing and act in stage productions, and soon landed a role in a German production of Hair. She moved to Europe around 1968-1969, and spent a year in the German cast, after which she became part of the Hair company in Vienna. She joined the ...

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Filmography: Thank God It's Friday
Birth Date: December 31, 1948
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Gender: Female

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