Interview with the World's Most Pierced Woman
She gained prominence during the disco era of the late s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist in history to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the United States Billboard chart and charted four number-one singles in the US within a month period. Summer has reportedly sold over million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time.
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While her fortunes on the Hot waned through those decades, Summer remained a force on the US Dance Club Songs chart over her entire career. Donna con devstvinitsay influenced by the counterculture of the sSummer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City.
Joining a touring version of the musical Hair Donna con devstvinitsay, she left New York and spent several years living, acting and singing in Europe, where she met music producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte in Munich, where they recorded influential disco hits such as " Love to Love You Baby " and " I Feel Love ", marking her breakthrough into an international career.
She became known as the Queen of Discowhile her music gained a global following. Summer died on May 17,from lung cancerat her home in Naples, Florida.
Her father was a butcher, and her mother was a schoolteacher. Summer's performance debut occurred at church Donna con devstvinitsay she was ten years old, replacing a vocalist who failed to appear.
Burke High School where she performed in school musicals and was considered popular. After a record label passed on signing the group since it Donna con devstvinitsay only interested in the band's lead singer, the Donna con devstvinitsay agreed to dissolve.
Summer stayed in New York and auditioned for a role in the counterculture musical, Hair. She landed the part of Sheila and agreed to take the role in the Munich production of the show, moving there after getting her parents' reluctant approval. Within three years, she moved to ViennaAustriaand joined the Vienna Volksoper. She briefly toured with an ensemble vocal group called FamilyTree, the creation of producer Günter "Yogi" Lauke.
InSummer released as Donna Gaines on Polydor her first single, a German version of the Donna con devstvinitsay " Aquarius " from the musical Hairfollowed in by a second single, a remake of the Jaynetts ' hit, " Sally Go 'Round the Roses ", from a one-off European deal with Decca Records. Several subsequent singles included Donna performing with the group, and the Donna con devstvinitsay "Gayn Pierre" was used while performing in Godspell with Helmuth Sommer during The trio forged a working partnership, and Donna was signed to their Oasis label in A demo tape of Summer's work with Moroder and Bellotte led to a deal with the European-distributed label Groovy Records.
Due to an error on the record cover, Donna Sommer became Donna Summer; the name stuck. Summer's first album was Lady of the Night. InSummer 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 ". Summer and Moroder wrote the song together, and together they worked on a demo version with Summer singing the song.
Moroder decided that Summer's version should be released. Bogart played the song at one of his extravagant industry parties, where it was so popular with the crowd, they insisted that it be played over and over, each time it ended. Bogart requested that Moroder produce a longer version for discothèques. Moroder, Bellotteand Summer returned with a minute version. The shorter 7" version of the single was promoted by radio stations, while clubs regularly played the 17 Donna con devstvinitsay version the longer version would also appear on the Donna con devstvinitsay.
Billboard Hot chart and had become a Donna con devstvinitsay single, while the album had sold over a million copies. The song generated controversy due to Summer's moans and groans, and some American stations, like those in Europe with the initial release, refused to play it. Both albums went Gold. InSummer released the concept album I Remember Yesterday.
The song Donna con devstvinitsay I Feel Love ", reached No. The single would attain Gold status and the album went Platinum in the U.
Another concept album, also released inwas Once Upon a Timea Donna con devstvinitsay album which told of Donna con devstvinitsay modern-day Cinderella "rags to riches" story. This album would attain Gold status. Summer also had " With Your Love " and " Je t'aime It was also the only No.
The song was featured on Summer's first live album, Live and Morewhich also became her first album to hit number one on the U.
Billboard chart and went double-Platinum, selling over 2 million copies. The week of November 11,Summer became the first female artist of the modern rock era to have the No. Artists donated royalties of certain songs, some in perpetuity, to benefit the cause. Summer began work on her next project with Moroder and Bellotte, Bad Girls.
Mororder brought in Harold Faltermeyerwith whom he had collaborated on the soundtrack of film Midnight Expressto be the album's arranger. Faltermeyer's role would significantly increase from Donna con devstvinitsay, as he played keyboards and wrote songs with Summer. The week of June 16,Summer would again have the number-one single on the Hot chart, and the number-one album on the Billboard chart; when "Hot Stuff" regained the top spot on the Hot chart.
The following week, Summer was the first solo artist to have two songs in the Hot top three at the same time. In JulySummer topped the Hot singles chart, and the Billboard albums chart, and the Soul singles chart simultaneously. One week later, "No More Tears" climbed to No. In the span of eight months, Summer had topped both the singles and albums charts simultaneously, three times.
She became the first Female Artist to have three number-one singles in a calendar year. Including "Heaven Knows" and "Dim All the Lights" she had achieved six top 4 singles on the Hot chart in Donna con devstvinitsay same month period. Those songs, along with "Last Dance", " On the Radio ", and " The Wanderer ", would give her nine Top 5 singles on the Hot chart in just over a two-year period.
The album was mixed differently than the original songs issued on it, with each song segueing into the next, and included two new songs "On the Radio" and "No More Tears Enough is Enough ". It would be the first time that such an album package would be made. The album went No. After the release of the On the Radio album, Summer wanted to branch out into other musical styles, which led to tensions between her and Casablanca Records. Casablanca wanted her to continue to record Donna con devstvinitsay only.
Summer was upset with President Neil Bogart over the early release of the single " No More Tears Enough is Enough "; she had penned " Dim All the Lights " alone, and was hoping for a Donna con devstvinitsay hit as a songwriter. Not waiting until "Dim All the Lights" had peaked, or at least another month as promised; Summer felt it had detracted from the singles chart momentum.
Summer and the label parted ways inand she signed with Geffen Recordsthe new label started by David Geffen. Summer had filed a million-dollar suit against Casablanca ; the label counter-sued. In the end, she did not receive any money, but won the rights to her own lucrative song publishing.
Summer's first Geffen album, The Wandererfeatured an eclectic mixture Donna con devstvinitsay sounds, bringing elements of rockrockabillynew wave and gospel music. The Wanderer was rushed to market.
The producers of the album wanted more production time. The album continued Summer's streak of Gold albums with the title track peaking at No. Its follow-up singles were, " Cold Love " No. She would soon be working on her next album. It was to be another double album set. When David Geffen stopped by the studio for a preview, he was warned that it was a work in progress, but it was almost done.
That was a mistake, because only a few tracks had been Donna con devstvinitsay, and most of them were in demo phase. He heard enough to tell producers that it was not good enough; the project was canceled. It would be released years later inunder the title I'm a Rainbow. The album took over six months to record as Summer, who was pregnant at the time, found it hard to sing.
During the recording of the project, Neil Bogart died of Donna con devstvinitsay in May at age Summer would sing at his funeral. By then Geffen Records was notified by Polygram Recordswho now owned Casablanca, that Summer still needed to deliver them one more album to fulfill her contract with them. Summer recorded and delivered the album She Works Hard for the Money and Polygram released it on its Mercury imprint in Donna con devstvinitsay title song became a major hit, reaching No.
The album itself was certified Gold, and climbed to No. Grant who was a Donna con devstvinitsay of the song State of Independence had an idea for a grand finale. He wanted a large chorus of children to join Summer on stage at the ending of the song. His team looked for local school children in Orange County, to create a chorus of students. On the final day of rehearsals, the kids turned up and they had a full rehearsal. According to Grant"It looked and sounded amazing. It was a very emotional, very tearful experience for everyone who was there.
After the rehearsal Grant was informed that he could not use the kids because the concert would end after 10 pm; children could not be licensed to be on stage at such a late hour California had strict child labor laws in Summer was happy that Geffen and his executives stayed out of the studio during the recording and thanked him in the album's liner notes, but her request for the lead single would be rejected.
The album failed to attain Gold status in the U. On January 19,she sang Donna con devstvinitsay the nationally televised 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala the day before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan. InHarold Faltermeyer wrote the title song for a German ski movie called Fire and Iceand thought Summer would be ideal to sing the song.
He decided Donna con devstvinitsay reach out to Summer and, although she was not interested in singing the song, she was very much interested in working with Faltermeyer again. After Donna con devstvinitsay meeting with David Geffen he was on board with the project.
On completion, Geffen liked what he heard, but his executives Donna con devstvinitsay not think there were enough songs that could be deemed singles. They wanted Faltermeyer to produce " Dinner with Gershwin ", but he was already busy with another project, so another producer was found.