Donna Summer

1948 - 2012

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LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), known professionally as Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s and became known as the "Queen of Disco", while her music gained a global following.Influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. In 1968 she joined a German adaptation of the musical Hair in Munich, where she spent several years living, acting, and singing. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donna Summer has received more than 6,928,948 page views. Her biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Donna Summer is the 99th most popular singer, the 635th most popular biography from United States (down from 627th in 2019) and the 41st most popular American Singer.

Donna Summer was an American singer and songwriter. She was most famous for her disco songs, which were popular in the 1970s.

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Among singers, Donna Summer ranks 99 out of 3,541Before her are Diana Ross, Mercedes Sosa, Morrissey, France Gall, Yma Sumac, and Mirella Freni. After her are Roy Orbison, Rihanna, Robin Gibb, John Lee Hooker, Alla Pugacheva, and Françoise Hardy.

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Among people born in 1948, Donna Summer ranks 32Before her are Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Marcello Lippi, George R. R. Martin, Robert Plant, Olivia Newton-John, and Keke Rosberg. After her are Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, John Bonham, Alice Cooper, Radomir Antić, John Carpenter, and Tony Iommi. Among people deceased in 2012, Donna Summer ranks 21Before her are Carroll Shelby, Elinor Ostrom, George Tupou V, Sylvia Kristel, John Demjanjuk, and Roger Garaudy. After her are Robin Gibb, Larry Hagman, Ravi Shankar, Sven Hassel, Jean Giraud, and Stephen Covey.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Donna Summer ranks 635 out of 15,968Before her are Harold Urey (1893), Melvin Calvin (1911), Mickey Rooney (1920), F. Murray Abraham (1939), Wendell Meredith Stanley (1904), and Alan Arkin (1934). After her are Frances Farmer (1913), Buddy Holly (1936), Ali MacGraw (1939), Roy Orbison (1936), Francis Gary Powers (1929), and Charles Taze Russell (1852).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Donna Summer ranks 41Before her are Bing Crosby (1903), Prince (1958), Dolly Parton (1946), Gwen Stefani (1969), Kenny Rogers (1938), and Diana Ross (1944). After her are Roy Orbison (1936), John Lee Hooker (1917), Harry Belafonte (1927), Gloria Gaynor (1947), Kris Kristofferson (1936), and Jon Bon Jovi (1962).

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