May 21, 2012

We love to love her Baby

She was way to young for her last dance.   Summer was born Ladonna Adrian Gaines on December 31, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts to parents Andrew and Mary Gaines and was one of seven children.   She grew up in a local area of Boston called Dorchester and was involved with music from a very young age.  She was a part of the music program at her local high school in Dorchester, MA.  Her real name was LaDonna Gaines.  Donna Summer came into the scene in 1975 with such hits as "Love to Love you Baby,""Bad Girls," "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff," "MacArthur Park," and "On The Radio."  She has five Grammy's.  The first was given to her in 1978 for "Last Dance and the second, just a year later for "Hot Stuff."   In 1983 Summer soured to the top of the charts with the song "She Works Hard for the Money."

While her songs were at the top of the charts, in 1983 Donna Summer returned to her high school in Boston, MA to receive her diploma.  She had left high school to join the musical tour of cats just a few credits shy of graduating.  The school told her life experience and courses in drama, voice, and dictation would count towards her unsatisfied grades.   A year later in 1984 she released "Forgive Me" and "Cats without Claws". The singer was deeply religious and wrote quite a bit of inspirational music as well.  She won two of her five Grammy's for her inspirational music.  Donna Summer once told the Associated Press "I am afraid Disco has limited people's impressions of me."  Donna Summer took a break from music for a few years but was back on the scene in 2008 with "Crayons"  her first album in 17 years.  When she was not singing, writing, or recording she loved to spend time with her family. Summer was married twice and had 3 kids.  Her first husband was Helmuth Sommer they wed in 1973 and  had a little girl, Mimi together before divorcing in 1975. Summer met her second husband Bruce Sudano in 1978, and married two years later on July 16,1980.  The couple had two girls Brooklyn and Amanda.  Summer is survived by her husband Bruce Sudano, their daughters Brooklyn and Amanda, as well as her daughter Mimi.  Summer always used to say "It doesn't matter where you come from, it matters where you go."  I hope she went to a better place  R.I.P Donna Summer

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