The queen of disco, Donna Summer

The queen of disco, Donna Summer

1. Disco queen Donna Summer, whose pulsing anthems such as “I Feel Love,” “Love to Love You Baby” and “Bad Girls” became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex, drugs, dance and flashy clothes, has died. She was 63.

2. LaDonna Adrian Gaines was born on 31 December 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts. She moved to Germany in the late 60s and changed her name when she divorced Austrian actor Helmuth Sommer, anglicising his surname.

3. Her breakthrough album, Love to Love You Baby, containing a 17-minute version of the title track, was released in 1975

4. 1976: Donna Summer is pictured while on a trip to London

5. 1978: Donna Summer appears in the film Thank God It’s Friday

6. 11 August 1979: Donna Summer performs at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles

7. The double album Bad Girls, containing the hit singles Hot Stuff, Dim All the Lights and the title track, was released in 1979

8. 1979: Donna Summer clutches the trophies she won at the American Music Awards

9. 1983: Donna Summer films the video for Unconditional Love in London with Musical Youth

10. 1996: Donna Summer during a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London

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