Donna Summer , the multimillion-selling singer and songwriter whose hits captured both the giddy hedonism of the s disco era and the feisty female solidarity of the early s, died on Thursday at her home in Naples, Fla. She was With her doe eyes, cascade of hair and sinuous dance moves, Ms. Through it all, Ms. She garnered loyal fans. Jon Landau, the chairman of the nominating committee at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, also issued a statement — an unusual one in which he said it was unfortunate that the hall had never inducted her. Landau wrote. LaDonna Adrian Gaines was born Dec. She grew up singing in church and decided in her teens to make music her career.
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Dance music would not be what it is today without five-time Grammy winner Donna Summer. Donna Summer is the Queen of Disco. Within a genre that sprouted anonymous voices, Summer, who died on May 17, , was prolific, versatile, and determined.