Legendary recording artist Donna Summer passed away this week, and, in tribute, songs like “I Feel Love” and “Hot Stuff” have been in heavier-than-usual rotation on the airwaves. You can also check out Tavis’ tribute on the show this week. To celebrate the life and legacy of a very influential musician, here are a few things about Summer you may not have heard:
– In 1978, Summer became the first female artist in history to have a #1 single (“MacArthur Park”) and a #1 album (“Live and More”) simultaneously on the Billboard charts. She broke her own record just a few months later in 1979 when her single “Hot Stuff” and the album “Bad Girls” both reached the #1 position on the Billboard charts at the same time.
– Bruce Springsteen, a great admirer of Donna Summer, wrote “Cover Me,” from his “Born in the USA” LP for her.
– Upon hearing the 1977 song “I Feel Love,” Iggy Pop declared it the “future of music.”
– Her 16-minute song, “Love to Love You Baby”, was the first extended release single.
– Summer was also a successful visual artist, selling over $1.2 million in original art over a 20-year career.
– She spent several years in West Germany, married a German man and spoke fluent German.