63 years old. Gone too soon. Another victim to cancer. Almost all her fans know her story:
Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31st 1948
Born and Grew up in Boston Massachusetts
One of Seven Children
Grew up singing Gospel – started singing in church at ten
Sang in a blues rock band, and moved to New York
Worked in theatre – musical “Hair”
Moved to Munich, Germany and then to Vienna Austria to continue working in theatre
She released her first single in 1972
In 1974, she married Austrian actor Helmuth Sommer and had a daughter, Mimi, the following year.
They divorced but she kept his last name and anglicized it
She later married Bruce Sudano and the couple had two daughters
She had a mezzo-soprano vocal range,
was a five-time Grammy Award winner.
Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the U.S. Billboard chart
In the mid 80’s she became a born again Christian
In 1994, Summer released a gospel-influenced Christmas album called Christmas Spirit. In which she did some original songs, cover songs and classic christmas songs such as "O Holy Night", "Joy To The World", and "O Come All Ye Faithful". In 1999, She released a live album of her VH1 Concert “Donna Summer Live and More Encore. The album featured "I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)" The concert show itself showed her as still relevant to VH1 Viewers. Having the second highest ratings for the network after their Christmas show.
Below is her song from 1984.. Forgive me!