Donna Summer born LaDonna Adrian Gaines December 31, 1948, is an American singer-songwriter and a genre-spanning musician who gained prominence during the disco era of music.
Summer was trained as a gospel singer prior to her introduction in the music industry, as were many then-contemporary music artists. However, Summer's notable songwriting capabilities, in addition to her collaborations with producer-songwriters Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, were able to set her apart from rivals in the industry.
Though she is most notable for her disco hits, Summer's repertoire has expanded to include contemporary R&B, rock, mainstream pop, and even gospel. Summer is one of the most successful female recording artists of the 1970s and 1980s, and holds the record for having three consecutive double albums hit #1 on the Billboard charts. She also became the first female artist to have four number-one singles in a twelve-month period.
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Summer's recording of "I Feel Love" is one of the most sampled recordings in music history. The song has been sampled by Madonna, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Moloko, Britney Spears, Robbie Williams, Mylo, David Guetta, Stuart Price, Moby and many more. "I Feel Love" was recorded by classical pop musician Vanessa-Mae for her 1998 album Storm.
- Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" was also sampled by Beyonce Knowles.
"I Feel Love" has been covered onstage by Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante, Kylie Minogue, Blondie, Basement Jaxx, and Finnish progressive rock band Kingston Wall. Venus Hum with Blue Man Group also performed this song with Japanese singer Koda Kumi for their album The Complex, and in 2006, Tracy Bonham stood in for Hum on the Blue Man Group tour, performing the song. Bronski Beat and Marc Almond released the track as a duet with an added bridge section and titled it "I Feel Love/Johnny Remember Me", reaching number 3 in the UK charts in April 1985. In 1992 U.K. alterna-pop group Curve recorded a version for the NME's 40th anniversary compilation Ruby Trax, which became an instant underground classic. Madonna's production team sampled this for her 2006 Confessions Tour and album, Confessions On A Dance Floor. "Future Lovers" contains a sample of "I Feel Love". But Kylie Minogue's team also sampled this for her 2002 KylieFever. Kylie performed "Light Years" which contains elements of "I Feel Love".
- Summer's "Starting Over Again" was a number one hit on the Hot Country Songs chart for Dolly Parton in 1980. Reba McEntire named her 1995 album after the song, and her version hit #17
on the country singles chart in 1996. The song was also recorded by Tammy Wynette.
- Summer's "On the Radio" was covered by country artist Emmylou Harris for her 1983 album White Shoes.
British singer and actress Martine McCutcheon recorded a version that reached number 7 in the UK charts in February 2001.
- Summer's "Sunset People" was covered by E.G. Daily on her Wild Child album (1985).
- Summer's "Dim All the Lights" was a Top 40 Dance hit for Laura Branigan in 1995, appearing on her The Best of Branigan album.
- Summer's "Last Dance" and "On the Radio" were covered by Tejano/pop singer Selena,
most famously at one of her last shows at the Houston Astrodome, on February 26, 1995.
- Summer's "All Through the Night" was covered in 1995 by supermodel Naomi Campbell for her album Baby Woman, featuring Luther Vandross on backing vocals.
- Summer's "Bad Girls" was recorded by British Jazz and pop singer Juliet Roberts in 1998,
and again in 2000 by Cheryl Chase for the Nick film Rugrats in Paris: The Movie.
- Summer's Love is in Control was covered by Pop Icon Sheena Easton on her 2000 Disco album Fabulous.