Donna Summer

Born 1948

LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by the stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the United States Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Donna Summer.


1948 Birth Born on December 31, 1948.


1967 18 Years Old She later attended Boston's Jeremiah E. Burke High School where she performed in school musicals and was considered popular. In 1967, just weeks before graduation, Donna left for New York where she joined the blues rock band Crow. … Read More
1968 19 Years Old In 1968, Summer released (as Donna Gaines) on Polydor her first single, a German version of the title "Aquarius" from the musical Hair, followed in 1971 by a second single, a cover of the Jaynetts' "Sally Go 'Round the Roses", from a one-off European deal with Decca Records.


1969 - 1973 2 More Events
1975 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1975, Summer passed on an idea for a song to Moroder who was working with another artist; a song that would be called "Love to Love You". … Read More
1976 27 Years Old They divorced in 1976 but Summer kept the anglicized version of her ex-husband's surname as her stage name. Donna married Brooklyn Dreams singer Bruce Sudano on July 16, 1980.
1977 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1977, Summer released the concept album I Remember Yesterday. … Read More
1978 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, Summer acted in the film Thank God It's Friday, the film met with modest success; the song "Last Dance", reached 3 on the Hot 100. … Read More


In 1979, Summer won three American Music Awards for Single, Album and Female Artist, in the Disco category at the awards held in January. … Read More
Summer received four nominations for 1980 American Music Awards, and took home awards for Female Pop/Rock and Female Soul/R&B Artist; and well as Pop/Rock single for "Bad Girls".
1981 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Donna was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Cold Love", and Best Inspirational Performance for "I Believe in Jesus" at the 1981 Grammy Awards. … Read More
1983 - 1984 2 More Events
1985 36 Years Old On January 19, 1985, she sang at the nationally televised 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala the day before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan.
1986 37 Years Old In 1986, Harold Faltermeyer wrote the title song for a German ski movie called Fire and Ice, and thought Summer would be ideal to sing the song. … Read More
1988 39 Years Old …  Geffen decided not to release the album Another Place and Time, and Summer and Geffen Records parted ways in 1988. … Read More


1989 - 1994 5 More Events
1995 46 Years Old Also in 1995, Summer's mother died of pancreatic cancer; her father died of natural causes in December 2004.
1997 48 Years Old During this time, Summer had role on the sitcom Family Matters as Steve Urkel's (Jaleel White) Aunt Oona. She made a few appearances in 1997.
1998 49 Years Old In 1998, Summer received the first Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, after a remixed version of her 1992 collaboration with Giorgio Moroder, "Carry On", was released in 1997.


1999 50 Years Old In 1999, Summer was asked to do the Divas 2 concert, but when she went in and met with the producers, it was decided that they would do Donna in concert by herself. … Read More
2000 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, Summer participated in VH1's third annual Divas special, dedicated to Diana Ross, she sang the Supreme's hit Reflections, and her own material for the show. "The Power of One" is a theme song for the movie Pokémon: The Movie 2000.
2003 54 Years Old In 2003, Summer issued her autobiography, Ordinary Girl: The Journey, and released a best-of set titled The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer.
2004 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004, Summer was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame as an artist, alongside the Bee Gees and Barry Gibb. … Read More
2008 59 Years Old In 2008, Summer released her first studio album of fully original material in 17 years, entitled Crayons. … Read More


On July 29, 2010, Summer gave an interview with wherein she was asked if she would consider doing an album of standards. … Read More
2011 62 Years Old On June 6, 2011, Summer was a guest judge on the show Platinum Hit, in an episode entitled "Dance Floor Royalty". … Read More
Summer died on May 17, 2012, at her home in Naples, Florida at the age of 63. … Read More
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