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Donna Summer’s Career — More Than Hall of Fame Worthy

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Today’s passing of Donna Summer at the age of 63 silences the voice that made her Queen of an era of music, and exposes a great injustice of her stellar singing career.

Donna Summer became known to many as the Queen of Disco.  During that era, nobody was more successful that the woman born LaDonna Andrea Gaines.  She was the only artist to have three consecutive “Double LP’s” hit No. 1 – “Live and More,” ”Bad Girls” and “On The Radio.”  Summer was also the first female artist with four No. 1 singles in a 13-month period.  The icing on the cake in her time as the Queen, Donna sang the 1979 Oscar winning Best Song – Last Dance.

Here are some more numbers to wrap your head around:

33 Top-10 Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for her career

19 #1 singles on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart for her career (according to the R&R Hall of Fame website) – 2nd only to Madonna (4 of those coming between 2008-2010)

17 Grammy Award nominations for her career (5 Grammy wins)

14 Top-10 hits in the Billboard charts including 9 Top-3 smashes (4 reached #1)

9 consecutive years with a Top-40 hit on the charts (1976-1984)

Considered the 8th Most Successful Female Recording Artist in history (according to Billboard)

6 American Music Award wins

Impressive numbers, yet despite all this Donna Summer was not voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first years of eligibility.  Shouldn’t being a queen of an era of music make you worthy of this honor?  Sadly it may take today’s passing for those who vote to really look at the impact that Summer had in her genre of music.

Donna Summer may have been silenced, but her music lives on.


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