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Donna Summer

Induction category: Performer


Donna Summer (vocals; born LaDonna Adrian Gaines December 31, 1948, died May 17, 2012) Donna Summer’s lifetime in music was a study in contrasts: The “Queen of Disco,” who was a church-reared gospel singer throughout childhood and wrote most of her own songs; the diva de tutti dive, the first true pop diva of the modern era, who spent her formative years singing in a rock band. She won five Grammys and was the first artist to have three consecutive double-LP albums reach Number One. Donna Summer was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31, 1948, in Boston. She was ...

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