Ms. Summer rose to fame in the mid 1970's with an electronic / dance / rock fusion and reached super-stardom with a long string of hits. Her classic songs include Love to Love You Baby, Try Me, I Feel Love, MacArthur Park, Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, Heaven Knows, and She Works Hard for the Money. She broke sales and chart records during her heyday, including becoming the first artist with 3 number one double albums, the first black woman to win a Grammy for rock, and charting four #1 hits in one calendar year.
Known as the Queen of Disco, the First Lady of Love, and the Queen of Sex Rock, Summer's music changed the entire landscape of popular music. The electronic sound created by her and Giorgio Moroder influenced punk rock, dance, and popular music until this day. Many punk acts credit Donna Summer for their addition of synthesizers and punk rock's move to new wave, such as Blondie, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Berlin, New Order, and the Eurythmics. However, it was dance music and modern house, techno, and hip hop have proven to be even a greater influence.
Donna Summer paved the way for the modern pop star. Her inclusion of rock guitars in her songs were borrowed by Micheal Jackson for numerous hits, including Beat It and Black and White. Madonna incorporated and flourished by adding Summer's sexual edge and feminist tone to her music.
While Summer's last pop hit was in 1999, she was a mainstay on the Billboard Dance charts, charting #1 hits for 4 decades running. Summer has worked with artists and producers such as Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, and David Foster.
Summer's last hit was 2010's To Paris With Love, which hit #1 on the Billboard Dance chart. She logged four #1 dance hits in the last few years alone.
Donna Summer has been nominated for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. Rock critics name her hits "I Feel Love" and "Love to Love You Baby" on their lists of all time most influential songs in the rock era. Her sexually liberating "Hot Stuff" incorporated hard rock and sexual urgency. With complete conviction, Summer belted "I've dialed about a 1000 numbers lately, almost rang the phone off the wall" as she looked for some "hot stuff." This type of sexual freedom, so proud, defiant, and liberating, was the hallmark of Donna Summer's innovation.