Donna Summer – Biography
Donna Summer is a household name which everyone knows her to be, however not many knows that the name is only a stage name for this prominent American singer and songwriter during the disco era of the late 1970s. Her real name was LaDonna Adrian Gaines and she was born on December 31, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts. She was one of the seven children to Andrew and Mary Gaines. Her dad, Andrew Gaines, was a butcher, and her mum Mary, was a schoolteacher.
A devoted Christian, Donna Summer spent her early days singing and at the age of 10, she started performing at a church. Later, when she was in high school, she was actively involved in school musicals. Just before Donna Summer graduated from high school, she left for New York to join a Blues/Rock band called Crow. The band eventually broke up after failing to secure any recording contracts.
After the breakup, Summer got a role in a German musical production which prompted her move to Munich, Germany. She scored some success in Germany and even released a few singles for a few record labels.
Donna Summer got married in 1973 to actor Helmuth Sommer and in the same year bored a daughter, Mimi. However, not long after the couple divorced caused by her affair with another German artist.
In 1974, Summer released her first album under Groovy Records. The album became a hit success in countries such as the Netherlands and Belgium. The two songs, “The Hostage” and “Lady of the Night”, reached the top of the charts.
This initial success secured Donna Summer’s future as a singer and she went on to release a string of hit albums to her name. During the disco era of 1975, Donna Summer became known as the “Queen of Disco” following her runaway disco hits such as “I Feel Love”, “MacArthur Park”, “Hot Stuff” and “No More Tears (Enough is Enough)”.
Donna Summer passed away in May 2012 after a long battle with lung cancer.