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Donna Summer was the Queen of Disco in the 1970s with a pop/dance/rock sound that was a hybrid of American soul and European synthesizer based music. Summer's musical career was launched on stage in Munich, Germany, in productions of Hair and Porgy & Bess. In Germany, she hooked up with producers, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, and delivered the orgasmic "Love to Love You Baby" which brought her worldwide fame. Summer was the first female artist to garner back-to-back multi-platinum double albums and the first female artist to incorporate synthesizers as well as the first artist to create an extended play song. Musically, she diversified into pop and rock, while career-wise, she appeared in the disco dud, Thank God It's Friday, for which the song, "Last Dance" won an Academy Award for Best Song, as well as numerous American TV music specials.Her career continued into the 1980s with the release of the album "The Wanderer", a diverse fusion of rock and dance. Soon afterward, Summer announced that she was a born-again Christian. She was then accused of making anti-gay comments in relation to the AIDS epidemic. Although Summer later claimed that she had been misquoted, thousands of her records were returned to her record companies by angered fans and there was a worldwide boycott of her music in dance clubs. Summer returned to the charts in in the late 80s and early 90s with various dance hits. She recently ended her longtime association with Polygram and moved to Nashville to work on country music and to pursue her other passion, painting. In 1998, she won a Grammy for Best Dance Single and has plans to launch a Broadway musical, "Ordinary Girl", based on her life.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Donna Summer Lithographs -- Art Gallery JACKS UP Prices After Singer's Death

Donna Summer Lithographs
Art Gallery Raises Prices After Singer's Death

Death = $$$ ... at least when it comes to art ... and a gallery in Vegas is proving the point, 'cause it immediately upped the price of Donna Summer pieces when she passed away. The Jack Gallery… READ MORE >

Donna Summer -- Headed for Burial

Donna Summer's Casket
Headed for Burial

Donna Summer's private funeral ceremony in Nashville is officially over -- and the singer's casket is now on its way to its final resting place ... wherever that may be.As we reported,… READ MORE >

- 695 days ago
Donna Summer -- The Funeral Program

Donna Summer
The Funeral Program

TMZ has obtained a copy of Donna Summer's funeral program -- detailing the order of events currently taking place at the private ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.According to the document, Donna's… READ MORE >

- 695 days ago
Donna Summer's Funeral -- Packed with Music Legends

Donna Summer's Funeral
Packed with Music Legends

Donna Summer's funeral is underway right now in Tennessee -- and TMZ has learned, several legends in the music biz are present ... including famed producer David Foster.In addition to producing… READ MORE >

- 695 days ago
Donna Summer -- Private Funeral Service Set for Tomorrow

Donna Summer
Private Funeral Service Set for Tomorrow

As we reported, "Disco Queen" Donna Summer will be laid to rest Wednesday during a private ceremony at a church in Nashville, TN. We're told the church is expecting a capacity crowd -- roughly… READ MORE >

- 696 days ago
Donna Summer: 9/11 Gave Me Cancer

Donna Summer
9/11 Gave Me Cancer

Donna Summer was convinced -- inhaling toxic air after 9/11 gave her the lung cancer that eventually killed her ... TMZ has learned.Sources close to the singer tell TMZ what we were hearing this… READ MORE >

- 701 days ago
'American Idol' Finalist -- I Wanna Honna Donna

'American Idol' Finalist
I Wanna Honna Donna

Erika Van Pelt -- the 10th place finisher on this season's "American Idol" -- says Donna Summer gave her a huge leg up in her music career ... and now she wants to honor the Disco Queen's memory… READ MORE >

- 701 days ago
Donna Summer -- Music City Memorial

Donna Summer
Music City Memorial

Donna Summer's family has scheduled a memorial for the Disco Queen -- and TMZ has learned, it will take place next Wednesday in Nashville.It is not a public memorial. The memorial will only be… READ MORE >

- 701 days ago
Donna Summer Dead -- Disco Legend Dies After Battle with Lung Cancer

Donna Summer
Dead at 63

8:48 AM 5/18/12 -- Donna's memorial is scheduled for next Wednesday in Nashville.9:27 AM PST- TMZ has learned ... Donna died from lung cancer.  Several sources are telling us Donna believed… READ MORE >

- 701 days ago

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