->''"Mommy, what's wrong with the lady on the record? [[TheImmodestOrgasm Why is she moaning?]] Is she hurt?"''
-->-- A Last.FM user on "Love to Love You Baby". Presumably, this is what he said when he first heard the song.

Donna Summer (born [=LaDonna=] Adrian Gaines, December 31, 1948 May 17, 2012) ...ah, how to describe her?

She was the [[FanNickname Queen of Disco]]! Oh, but so much more.

[=LaDonna=] Gaines was born in UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} and originally trained as a gospel singer before becoming successful in RAndB and {{Pop}} as well. Her big break came when she met producers Music/GiorgioMoroder and Pete Bellotte, who managed her for the rest of TheSeventies, and recorded the single "Love to Love You Baby" (1975). She made several concept albums before reaching her peak with ''Bad Girls'' (1979), a double album that mixed RockAndRoll, {{Funk}}, {{Blues}}, {{Soul}} and ElectronicMusic to massive success. She soon broke from {{Disco}}.

After the 1970s, she had success with songs such as "She Works Hard for the Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real", although she never recaptured her former glory. Her last album, ''Crayons'', was released in 2008.

She died at her home in Florida after a battle with lung cancer on May 17, 2012.

!!Studio albums:
* ''Lady of the Night'' (1974). Two of the song of the albums were modest hits.
* ''Love to Love You Baby'' (1975). Her break-through album, a certified gold album. The album was named after its major song, which became an international hit.
* ''A Love Trilogy'' (1976). Certified gold.
* ''Four Seasons of Love'' (1976). Certified gold.
* ''Music/IRememberYesterday'' (1977). Certified platinum.
* ''Once Upon a Time'' (1977). Certified gold.
* ''Music/BadGirls'' (1979). Certified platinum. Her best selling album overall, and called her best.
* ''The Wanderer'' (1980). A [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]]-style album. Certified gold.
* ''I'm a Rainbow'' (1981). Recorded in 1981, but shelved. Bootlegged copies were circulated for years. Officially released in 1996. Never a major sales hit, but well-received by music critics and Summer's fanbase.
* ''Donna Summer'' (1982). A SelfTitledAlbum. Certified gold. While several of its songs sold well when released as singles, the album underperformed in the sales charts.
* ''She Works Hard for the Money'' (1983). Certified gold. The titular song, conceived as a tribute to the working woman, became her greatest hit of TheEighties. Her popularity increased when its music video became a hit with the {{Creator/MTV}} audience.
* ''Cats Without Claws'' (1984). First Summer album since the 1970s to not sell well enough to be certified golden. It peaked at #40 in the charts. Music critics view it as a decent but unspectacular effort.
* ''All Systems Go'' (1987). A single song from the album, ''Dinner with Gershwin'', became a significant hit. Most of of the other songs were considered forgettable, resulting in the album becoming a commercial and critical flop.
* ''Another Place and Time'' (1989). A {{Europop}}-style album, a commercial and critical comeback. Certified golden in the United Kingdom, with several of its songs topping the charts across Europe. Curiously, the album underperformed in North America.
* ''Mistaken Identity'' (1991). A commercial flop. A single song of this album, ''When Love Cries'', became a notable ContemporaryRAndB hit.
* ''Christmas Spirit'' (1994). Album mostly featuring traditional ChristmasSongs, performed in the style of {{Soul}} Music. A few original songs were included, though nothing particularly memorable.
* ''Crayons'' (2008). First album consisting only of original songs since 1991. The album peaked at #17 in the charts, her greatest commercial hit since the 1980s. Three of its songs reached #1 in the dance charts. It was, however, her last full album. A few singles followed the album, though it is still seen as her swan song.
!!Live albums:
* ''Live and More'' (1978). Certified platinum.
* ''Live & More Encore'' (1999). The most commercially successful Summer album of TheNineties. Mostly covering older hits, but introduced two new songs. Both ''I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)'' and ''Love Is the Healer'' reached #1 in the dance charts of the year.

!!"Looking for some hot tropes, baby, this evening, I want some hot tropes baby tonight":

* AwardBaitSong: "The Power Of One" for ''Anime/Pokemon2000''.
* ButNotTooBlack: {{Averted|Trope}}, possibly due to her gaining fame in the {{Blaxploitation}} era.
* ConceptAlbum: Donna made a few of these during the Seventies and Eighties. ''Four Seasons of Love'' was a short album detailing the stages of a love affair like the changing of seasons, ''I Remember Yesterday'' is an homage to music though the ages to the present and future, and "Once Upon a Time" as a whole tells a modern version of the Cinderella story
* ForegoneConclusion: Summer believed her lung cancer was brought on by inhaling the particles that were the result of the 9/11 hijackers crashing their planes into the original World Trade Center towers on that day. Summer had an apartment in New York City by the former Trade Center towers that she was actually in on that day, and somehow, she predicted that 9/11 would happen.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: In "Love to Love You, Baby".
* IncrediblyLongNote: "Dim All the Lights" holds the record for the longest note held in an American Top 40 pop hit, at 16 seconds.
* IntercourseWithYou: She's mostly remembered for these kinds of songs, as it was the theme for some of her biggest hits: "Love To Love You Baby", "Hot Stuff", "I Feel Love",...
** The rest ("Heaven Knows," "On the Radio," etc.) mostly fell under SillyLoveSongs.
* LoveLetter: One apparently fell out of her ex's "old brown overcoat", someone found it, and "They said it really loud/They said it on the air, on the radio"
* RearrangeTheSong: Her signature song, ''Love to Love You Baby'' was more or less inspired by ''Je t'aime... moi non plus''(literally meaning ''I Love You... Me Neither''), which was originally performed by British singer and actress Jane Birkin and her then-husband LMusic/SergeGainsbourg. A 1969 controversial, but internationally-famous French pop song.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: From "She Works Hard For The Money":
--> ''Never sell out she never will\\
Not for a dollar bill''
* ShoutOut: "Creator/FredAstaire"
* {{Sitcom}}: Was "Aunt Oona from Altoona" on ''Series/FamilyMatters''.
* UrbanLegend: For more than 30 years, it was rumored that she actually despised gays, despite becoming one of the first gay icons of disco music. The rumors started after she became a born-again-christian. Those who attended some of her concerts since claimed to have heard her make horrible statements about gays, like how the AIDS virus was God's gift to gays. Many, if not all right-wing Christian Conservatives (of which Summer was one, according to Radio/RushLimbaugh), have been known to despise gays, and some even go so far as to believe that AllGaysArePedophiles. Even now, after her death, these rumors still circulate. Donna herself denied making such comments and apologized for the pain they caused.
* {{Working Class Hero}}ine: The subject of "She Works Hard For The Money."