was born LaDonna Andre Gaines on December 31, 1948, and grew up in Boston's Mission Hill section. Part of a religious family, she first sang in her church's gospel choir, and as a teenager performed with a rock group called the Crow. After high school, she moved to New York to sing and act in stage productions, and soon landed a role in a German production of +Hair. She moved to Europe around 1968-1969, and spent a year in the German cast, after which she became part of the +Hair company in Vienna. She joined the Viennese Folk Opera, and later returned to Germany, where she settled in Munich and met and married Helmut Sommer, adopting an Anglicized version of his last name. Summer
performed in various stage musicals and worked as a studio vocalist in Munich, recording demos and background vocals.
So, What does RS think of Queen Donna?
Don't let the title cut put you off. "I Remember Yesterday" appears to be a plagiarism of the sound and mannerisms of Dr. Buzzard's Original "Savannah" Band, but the steal is so complete that all those woozy clarinets and disco-ized big-band riffs become Summer's own. The rest of the album, however, is the luxurious stretching out of a performer just beginning to realize her strengths and possibilities. Summer's sexual breathiness has evolved into a sensual croon that exudes both power and vulnerability. The thrill of the final song, "I Feel Love," is as much in its arrangement as in Summer's soaring vocal, the entire production built as it is upon a frenetic Moog bass line punctuated by what sounds like a whip cracking against concrete.
~ [Source: Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '420th Song of all Time' was "It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers. The Isley Brothers has not appeared in The Definitive 1000
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number 411* and an Album ranked at Number (Just 2 songs OK? So have a calm down)
* Closest this site has agreed with any one song with Rolling Stone yet!
This song has a Definitive 1000 rating of 78.0 out of 108