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Donna Summer Timeline

1948

Donna Summer is born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston, Massachusetts.

1967

Donna Summer leaves Boston for New York City. She joins the blues- rock band Crow.

1973

Donna Summer marries Austrian actor Helmuth Sommer. They are divorced the same year.

1974

Donna Summer releases her first album, "Lady of the Night." It is only released in the Netherlands.

1975

Donna Summer releases "Love to Love You Baby." It is her first international release. The title track reached Number Two on the charts, and the album reaches number 11. It sells more than one million copies.

1977

Donna Summer releases her fifth LP, "I Remember Yesterday." The single "I Feel Love" hits Number Six in the U.S.

1978

Donna Summer releases a cover of "MacArthur Park." It Reaches Number One.

1979

Donna Summer plays the Music for UNICEF concert in New York City.

1979

Donna Summer releases the album "Bad Girls." It sells four million copies worldwide and goes to Number One in the U.S. Two tracks from the album, "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls", also reach Number One.

1980

Donna Summer appears in her first television special, which airs on ABC.

1980

Donna Summer releases "The Wanderer." The title track hits Number Three.

1983

Donna summer releases "She Works Hard for the Money." The album reaches Number Nine, and the title track reaches Number Three.

1985

Donna Summers appears at the 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala after Ronald Reagan's election as president.

1992

Donna Summers receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2008

Donna Summers releases "Crayons," her first studio album of all- original material in 17 years. It reaches Number 17 on the charts.

2009

Donna Summer appears at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway. The concert honors President Barack Obama.

2012

Donna Summer dies of lung cancer in Naples, Florida.