Donna Summer

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2013

Inducted by: Kelly Rowland

Nominated in: 2008   2010   2011   2012   2013

First Eligible: 2000 Ceremony


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2013 (ranked #143) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Once Upon A Time (1977)
Bad Girls (1979)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
I Feel Love (1977)
Last Dance (1978)
Hot Stuff (1979)
Bad Girls (1979)
She Works Hard for the Money (1983)

Donna Summer @ Wikipedia

Donna Summer Videos

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Like it or not, nobody defined a type of music singlehandedly any better than Donna Summer defined disco.

Posted by Joe on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 16:45pm



Donna summer is responsible for so many things. + she was the first african american to win a grammy in the rock categorie. I feel love is the bleuprint for dance music today. donna's induction is way overdue

Posted by Mullo on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 16:49pm


Donna Summer (along with Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte) created some of the most innovative albums of the 70s. Songs segued into the next to create album side length “non-stop” mixes predating the “remix” of today.

Songs like “I Feel Love”, “Hot Stuff”, “Cold Love”, and “The Wanderer” bridged the gap between disco/dance and rock & roll.

Donna Summer was the first African American woman to earn a Rock Grammy. She has received 3 Rock nominations.

One only has to look to radio and film to see her enduring influence. Artists as diverse as Madonna, Dolly Parton, Beyonce, Dusty Springfield, and Emmylou Harris have covered Donna Summer songs. Her songs have appeared in many films, as well as the ultimate in securing a place in American culture, tv commercials (for Mercedes, Chevrolet, Burger King, etc.).

Posted by dreamwyxpres on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 17:37pm


Donna defined an era. Even this days her music and her influence are present in dance music.
"Love To Love You Baby", "I Feel Love", "Hot Stuff" are a few examples.

Posted by Raul Mondragon on Wednesday, 03.14.07 @ 08:48am


So many confuse Donna as only a disco singer, but she was a fusion of rock and electronic and dance. Sometimes, she was straight forward rock and roll, such as Hot Stuff, Nightlife, Love's Unkind, and Cold Love. I Feel Love is the most influential song of the late 20th Century. New Order, Cyndi Lauper, Eurythmics, Blondie, Madonna owe everything to her music. The confusion about her induction is from those who don't know her music because they label her disco and run. Watch a clip of Donna perform Love to Love You Baby live in 1977. NOW THAT IS ROCK n ROLL!!!! Listen to the albums!

Posted by Greg on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 09:59am


Well what can i say about Donna Summer.....

She is the only female or male singer to have three double albums number one at the same time in history that's all i have to say, and please read history of music before induct some someone.

Thank you.

Posted by Orlando Cortes on Saturday, 03.17.07 @ 08:47am


If there's any rock and roll, dance music, disco music, inspirational music hall of fame, I think she should be inducted in each and every one of those halls of fame.

Posted by jorge rocher on Saturday, 03.17.07 @ 15:13pm


For many ways, Donna (SuperSexySweet) Summer deseve this nomination, she has a sweetsexystrongtender-rasposaagresiva-super voice, she was ahead at her time, she influeced todays music some many people who use now, the "yesterdays future music" now ! ! ! Like I feel love, I need you, Our love etc...Shes longevity it's icredible she'e freshness more, if you listen I got you love and you don't Know her or dont't recognoise her vioce you may think in a young beatifull girl ! ! ! singin' that song ! ! !
Do you want more reasons for inducted Donna Summer to the Rock & Roll Hall Of The Fame???
Please vote for this Great Singer ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Luis Enrique

P.D. Listen MadoNNa's Future love vs I I Feel Love
And No More Tears With Westlife That night
she sang her hits with more remarcable bit
and diferent arrengement with that she sound
much better, more fresh...!!!

Posted by Luis Enrique on Saturday, 03.17.07 @ 23:21pm


Donna Summer is most deserving of a RNR Hall of Fame induction. Her influences on the industry since 1975 has spoke for itself. Not to mention she sounds as great as ever and one can still listen to her music and feel as enthusiastic about it tday as one did 32 years ago. Also she has bridged together so many genres with rock, be it rock/disco, rock/soul, rock/inspiratinal, rock/pop, rock/blues, rock/country, oh well you get the point. Donna Summer should be in there.

Posted by Ricky Pettigrew on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 10:20am


Donna Summer must be voted into the R&R Hall of Fame. Besides her obvious talent, the woman shaped the dance music landscape and defined the disco era. If you liked it or not, disco ruled in it's day - heck, even Barbra Streisand understood that.

Posted by Joe S on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 13:19pm


Donna Summer has influenced every aspect of R&R as well as every genre of music, for 4 decades. If there is ONE artist, one voice, one candidate who so richly deserves this honor, it is the incomparable ROCK SINGER Donna Summer!! From her hit song Bad Girls, to the cutting-edge I Feel Love, to the sultry Love to Love You Baby, Donna Summer is the essence of Rock music still relevant today her creative concepts and contributions to her albums speak for themselves look at her chart statistics induct Donna Summer!!!!!

Posted by WinterMelody on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 16:45pm


Donna Summer: Besides her huge accolades during the disco era, Donna is the ONLY artist to have THREE double-albums in a row go to number one on Billboard's Album Chart. She has FIVE Grammy Awards in the R&B, Rock, Inspirational, and Dance Categories. (Diana Ross has zero Grammys, did you know that?), Donna has contributed to "Rock & Roll" by singing 'Hot Stuff'(check out the Bad Girls disc), 'Wanderer' with experimental rock and new wave tracks. She also worked with Quincy Jones in 1982 who produced the collaboration track of Donna Summer and Bruce Springsteen on the standout track, "Protection." She is the ONLY artist to successfully chart and write music post Disco, and is considered an international superstar. Donna continues to perform incredible live concerts for her loyal fans. Donna made "Last Dance" famous for being a closing song in many dance clubs over the years, and incidentally, "Last Dance" WON THE OSCAR for "Best Song Written For A Motion Picture." For these outstanding reasons, Donna deserves to receive an induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Eli

Posted by Eli on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 17:33pm


DONNA SUMMER SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME LONG AGO: READ MUSIC AND YOU WILL KNOW THE BARRIERS SHE HAD BREAK AND THE HISTORY AND STILL THE MOST AND BEST ARTIST OF ALL TIME AND CAN SING ANY SONG AND TEARS COMES TO ONE EYES. DEFINITELY DONNA SUMMER.

Posted by BERNARD LEWIS on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 19:35pm


Donna had the vision, drive, and talent to upend the musical industry in the late 70s. Her music was ahead of its time and has endured beyond the flavor of the day that so many pop artists have made their mark with. The music industry has recognized her talents with awards that are transcendent of the dance music movement, which in itself is an outgrowth of rock and roll. After all, what did all those kids in the 50s want to do to Chubbie Checker and Little Richard and Elvis after all? It was dance; and dance we still do. Donna gave us the instant standard "Last Dance" and myriads of others. Her voice is the most underappreciated in modern history due to the unconscionable stigma of the disco label. Why anything that was so full of love and creativity should be despised is unimaginable. One look at the list of awards and nominations tells the story.

Posted by T-Box on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 22:27pm


Roberta Flack says we have Donna Summer to thank for thinking dance music. She is responsible for bridging the gap between black and white. Patti LaBelle says she has the voice of life. Donna Summer is long overdue.

Posted by Anthony on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 05:31am


Donna Summer has been such an influence on many of today's artists. Her voice transcends generations and her influence can be heard in many vocalists like Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blidge and others. She is a trailblazer and deserves to be inducted!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 07:45am


Donna Summer hands down should be inducted. "I Feel Love" says it all. John Lennon supposedly locked himself away for a couple of days with this recording saying, "I have heard the future." This is rightly so as it still sounds current some 30 years later. Summer's voice and vocal influence is heard in ths sounds of today's female artists. Plus, her sound and trailblazing have paved the way for dozens of artists of today. Madonna without Donna Summer....not likley.

Posted by Darrell Russ on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 12:19pm


Donna Summer is the Aretha of the Dance floor! She took this to hight highs and influences a generation then and is influencing a new generation now. She is one of the tne best selling female artists ever!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 13:55pm


Donna has proved she has the vocal ability and versatility to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You have only got to look at the singing and powerful vocals of Hot Stuff but also on other tracks such as Protection, Nightlife, Who Do You Think You're Fooling and one of her best rock offerings - Cold Love. Just listen to the voice and guitar work on these records and the Disco Queen proves she is also a Rock Goddess.

Posted by Pete on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 14:25pm


I am inclined to agree that Donna Summer does Rock n Roll! Seeing her live proves my point!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 14:55pm


By far, without a doubt, Donna Summer BELONGS in the RNR Hall of Fame! Just take a listen to some of her greatest Rock songs..."Hot Stuff", "Dim All The Lights" (from VH1 Live and More Encore), "Cold Love", "Who Do You Think You're Foolin'", "Grand Illusion", "All Systems Go", "Eyes", "Running For Cover", "Stop Me"...ahh, I could go on, but I think you got the point by now. This woman was incorrectly labeled as the Queen of Disco. But she can sing ANY genre and make it her own. HELL, it IS her own because she writes 90% of what she sings! Give it to her, will ya? It's LONG overdue!

Posted by Tim Daniel on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 15:40pm


Donna Summer should be inducted as she is a great singer and songwriter. She is more than disco, as evident in her diverse releases throughout the years. From her 1975 release, Love To Love You Baby, to her 2003 The Journey - Greatest Hits, Donna Summer doesn't disappoint. She sings pop, rock, dance, soul, country and maybe a touch of broadway all professionally done in artistic style. Let me remind you of some of her big hits - Love To Love You Baby, I Feel Love, Last Dance, Hot Stuff, Bad Girls and She Works Hard For The Money. What more can you ask from a genuine superstar?
Thank you.

Posted by Ron Mesiona on Tuesday, 03.20.07 @ 13:55pm


Hello everyone!
I'm a 18 girl, I don't know about the times from Mrs.DONNA SUMMER, I'm too young for that, but I heard some of her recently records, like I got you love, Love is a healer mixes, You're so beautifull (like you DoNNa jiji) That's the way and some of the oldies like the incredible Mac Arhturs Park, this song was one of ten the worst songs in the lyrics of all times (I saw in article) but with DONNA became a hit record, I feel love, Coud it be magic, she so sweet singing like this, recelntly saw live version of a song of the Beatles, and a song from Rod Stuart in u-tube.....she's fantastic......just a few people can do like her, she has the HART, the feeling, THE LOVE, to do what she's doing ! ! !
We have DONNA for so many time ! ! !

Please vote for her!

DoNNa SuMMer deserves to be inducted to the RNR Hall Of The Fame!

Posted by Gisela on Wednesday, 03.21.07 @ 02:46am


It's been 32 years since Donna had her first hit in America! How much longer does this legend have to wait to be inducted? Not a pop singer, not a rock singer, not a soul singer, Donna Summer is just one of the most enduring vocalists and pioneers of this century - and she's still going strong. She truly deserves this honor.

Posted by Joe on Thursday, 03.22.07 @ 21:24pm


Yep! Yep!
Yep.....!
D O N N @ S U M M E R is so glamorous great singer!
She has a lot of time showing us with her great atitud...how many of us can saw her VH1 special video called if there is music there....she show us her feelings about the music in her life, can you saw the tribute to Mr.Rod Stuard in Dim All
The Lights, what about her style to begin that song...FANTASTIC!!!! So come on vote for her there so many reazons to do it!!


Yor friend Alex Arzate... see you next time guys and folks! And please vote for the lady! She deseves it!! She so kind!!
You don't? =0 )

Posted by Alex! on Thursday, 03.22.07 @ 22:18pm


Yes, Donna Summer co-create Dance Music, but surely she helps too, to English Pop Music evolveing.
Just listen I Feel Love (still covered by some other devoted fan singers), Rock crossover Hot Stuff (the first grammy rock award to an Afro American artist ever).
That only means there is enough creation and versatility.

Posted by JUAN JOSE on Sunday, 03.25.07 @ 12:50pm


Surely Donna should be inducted in the Hall before Janet Jackson and Madonna!!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 03.26.07 @ 15:19pm


Well, Well, Well guys!

First, I'm so happy to be with you sharing this personal opinions, and these are one of the most important reasons that we have to show of all that Donna Summer shoul be inducted in the hall of rock roll of the fame!! Don't you think so?! I don't know if you know this thing, but Donna Summer again is on the chats in U.K.... yes...!
by the 3th time first 1977 2th 1995 & this year 2007 with the same song I FEEL LOVE ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Fantastic!!

Posted by Andres Zepeda on Wednesday, 04.11.07 @ 20:51pm


Oh yeah, Ms Summer deserves to be in R&RHF.
The great HOT STUFF and other great performances like PROTECTION, where BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN COMPOSED, backed and played just for her... are simply great.
Have you listened to Bad Girl´s "MY BABY UNDERSTANDS", PURE ROCK.
Before that, she backed Kiss Gene Simmons in "BURNING UP WITH FEVER" of his First Solo Album. Check it!!

Posted by david on Sunday, 04.15.07 @ 00:40am



OF COURSE!

The lady deserves it!

I don't know if you know the song "Ordinary Milacre" If don't you can hear it a U tube site
you just put 2éme clip Donna Summer.... it' great
She as we know..... has powerfull voice!
I'm waiting her new album!!

Posted by Alex! on Sunday, 04.15.07 @ 11:04am


By far and by all means, yes.

Posted by Moni3 on Tuesday, 05.8.07 @ 23:05pm



To even consider Donna Summer, Casablanca records' Disco superstar in the R&R HOF is nothing short of ridiculous.

Disco ain't Rock.
Never was.
Never will be.

Please, vote no.

Posted by AlphaKid42 on Saturday, 06.16.07 @ 02:18am


Donna definitely should be given a spot in the HOF. She is the "Queen of Disco," and "I Feel Love" and its influence still linger today.

Posted by JR on Wednesday, 07.4.07 @ 00:32am


Sono anni che ascolto donna.Originale e sempre attuale con i beatles.Continua così.Sei unica

Posted by Sergio.Pozzomaggior ss italy on Wednesday, 08.29.07 @ 13:13pm


Donna Summer has broken all kinds of records and truly changed the face of music with I Feel Love & Hot Stuff. It was truly innovative and has been covered by many rock bands including Debbie Harry and Red Hot Chili Peppers. She has sung many a rock song and RRHOF is not just about the category Rock & Roll, it is about those artists that have made a significant contribution to the Rock & Roll era and forward.

Posted by frankb on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 10:52am


To put a singer of Donna Summer's magnitude locked in a box called "disco" is simply stupid.

The lady is one of the most versatile artist I have ever heard.She has so many different voices ; we DONNA-heads know them all.
It's time the world knew.

DS was responsible for one of the most progressive song ever. I FEEL LOVE still sounds immaculate today ; 30 years after the fact. I recently tested a brand new sound system in a huge store and brought my own copy of IFL to test it. The clerk's jaw dropped to the floor...when I told him it was from 1977.

Anyone claiming that Donna is just a mere disco singer [not that there's anything wrong with this] has clearly never heard a whole album by her.Diversity is her middle name.
She has won Grammys in the rock,dance,inspirational categories.

Disco haters ; go back in time and open up your mind.
The lady is a LEGEND.

'Nuff said.

Posted by Kristofer on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 11:51am


The lineup of the RR HOF alumni suggest that 'RR' is implied, but not limited to other genres of pop-music.

If you consider Donna's range of hits, Grammy's that cover Disco, R&B, Rock, Dance, and Insperation, and her influence artistically on all, you'll see that not only does Donna more than deserve to be part of the HOF, but she should have a special mention for her musical achivements.

Posted by Jakeinlove on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 11:55am


I agree Donna Summer should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The fact that she wrote most of her hits makes this nomination even more special. Her vocals on her rock music such as THE WANDERER and COLD LOVE is top notch. My question to the Hall of Fame committee, "What took you so long?"

Posted by Veronica on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 13:55pm


Donna Summer has a grammy in many catagories like no one else due to her gifted talent and that which signifies her craft, her voice; The Voice. She is a song writer, singer, artist and so much more. She has influenced so many genres and generations and she only improves with age. History will be justified by Donna's induction into RRHOF, as will be millions upon millions of fans she already has and will surely have to come. This is so more then about her vast record sales. It is about giving a woman her rightful place in American Musical History. *God bless you Donna!*

Posted by Mardikro on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 14:45pm


WHERE DO I BEGIN I HOPE THAT YOU DO THE RIGHT THING BY PUTTING THIS MUCICAL TREASURE IN THE HALL OF FAME WHERE SHE BELONGS! IF IT WEREN'T FOR DONNA ALOT OF ARTIST WOULDN'T BE HERE I.E MADONNA,WHITNEY,BEYONCE AND THE LIST GOES ON.WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT A WOAMN WHO CAN AND DID IT ALL AND STILL KEEP HER SELF RESPECT!SHES A SINGER,SONGWRITER,ARTIST & SHE HAS SET RECORDS IN THE INDUTRY THAT NO ONE HAS TOPPED! THE MAJIRITY OF HER HITS SHE EITHER WROTE OR CO WROTE.SHE HAS SUNG ROCK,DISCO,R&B,COUNTRY,MUSICAL THEATER, AND JUST LISTEN TO THIS WOMAN RANGE NEED I SAY MORE YES!
JUST THINK WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF SHE DID WHAT SHE WAS TOLD AND GIVE BAD GIRLS TO CHER I THINK NOT! I LOVE CHER BUT SHE IS NO DONNA SUMMER AND I DON'T THINK CHER COULD'VE DONE THE SONG JUSTICE.THE WORLD IS GLAD THAT DONNA PUT HER FOOT DOWN AND RESISTED! JUST THINK OF THE INFLUENCE SHE HAS HAD ON ALL OF MUSIC THINK OF THE THE ARTIST WHO HAVE SAMPLED OR REMADE HER SONGS COUNTRY ,RAP,ROCK THEY HAVE ALL SAMPLED DONNA GIVE THIS LADY HER DUE! HOW LONG WILL SHE BE SO UNDERATED AND OVER LOOKED BY ALL OF MUSIC!
INDUCT THE QUEEN DAMMIT!

Posted by MARCUS on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 19:22pm


Donna Summer injected a spirit and indefinable feel to all styles and types of music, that I do not believe would exist without her amazing input. One can merely say, 'it has a Donna Summer vibe to it' and immediately the listener is transported to a place where they know what the speaker is talking about...and that is gooooood!

Posted by LEE IGYL on Friday, 09.28.07 @ 19:25pm


Yes, I feel that Ladonna Gaines Sudano, a/k/a Donna Summer, SHOULD be inducted. Why? The woman defined what "was" the rage in the mid-to-late-seventies.

She has been erreoneously (and purposely) been labeled as "just a disco singer" but if you really looked at her catalog between 1974 and at least up until 1991, Donna's material covered all the genres of popular music: folk, rock, pop, disco, dance, techno, trance and electronica was practically invented thanks to "I Feel Love", R&B, soul, funk, dance pop, new wave, gospel, etc.

And if you really think about it, Donna was really the only artist who came straight out of the disco era to become a pop superstar in the late-'70s and early-'80s. She broke the mold since disco was really a producer's genre.

Also, people don't know that Donna's first album, "Lady of the Night", was far from a disco recording. It was actually a pop-rock recording in the field of a Linda Rondstadt or Elton John. The bad thing about it was it was only released in Europe.

Also, by 1975, disco was taking over and wasn't the commercial dreck that it became later on so for Donna to do disco was something of a career move. Giorgio Moroder and Pete Belotte should be inducted to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and Moroder is a fabulous producer. He took Donna's title , "Love to Love You Baby", and made a song and Donna's oohs and aahs made her a household name.

But Donna truly wasn't defined until "I Feel Love" came out. When she came out with that song, people were SHOCKED. It wasn't even string-laden disco, it was a song done over a funky keyboard and drum programming technique that had been used only a few times. It also changed her career overnight. That song was what David Bowie said "this song is the future!" Now coming from one Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, that had to mean something.

"I Feel Love" is still covered by a lot of the so-called rock acts and dance acts equally. Also when she did "Last Dance", it made her a superstar. "Last Dance" mixed pop-soul balladry and a dance song. It's one of the greatest ever-recorded songs in history.

Then came the double albums - "Live & More Encore", "On the Radio (the two volume hits collection) and of course "Bad Girls" - which was actually more rock, funk and soul-oriented than it was pure disco. That album with the title track, "Hot Stuff" and "Dim All the Lights" broke the mold.

She joined the Bee Gees as the only other true superstar of disco paving the way for Gloria Gaynor to have her big pop smash "I Will Survive".

When she shockingly went from dance music to rock and new wave with 1980's "The Wanderer", she was really the only black female artist that dared to go where Debbie Harry and Pat Benatar were at and she still got no respect.

But she kept on having hits after that: "Love's in Control", "State of Independence", and of course the working woman's anthem, "She Works Hard for the Money", which while a dance-styled record, had a rock fusion in there and it became one of the biggest hits of her recording career in 1983. She already solidified her place in music history with that song.

The fact that she even had a big hit record AFTER 1979 and "the end of disco" is a testament to her legacy. Plus, where would some of today's so-called pop/R&B divas be without Donna? I don't think Madonna would've stood a chance had it not been for Ms. Summer and she knows that.

Again, Donna broke the mold and she deserves to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for refusing to play safe. Regardless if she gets inducted this year (I think she will), she's still a legend. Word to Lady Summer!

Posted by Tim on Saturday, 09.29.07 @ 16:07pm


Like Donna or not? . this is not just about your favorite Rock band or who Rocks the hardest. Its about the Giants of the Rock & Roll Era! Musician that define not just Modern Music but an entire ERA & Generation. Very few artist can define an Era.

If there was a "Mount Rushmore" Of musical Giants of the Rock & Roll Era, these faces would be chiseled in the rock!

50's Elvis / Little Richard / Chuck Berry
60's Beatles / Aretha Franklin/ Rolling Stones
70's Elton John / Donna Summer / Led Zeppelin
80's Bruce Springsteen / Madonna/ Billy Joel
90's Nirvana / Aerosmith / Alanis Morrisette

These Superstars and a few others define their Era. I don't love them all, but they are History .. enough Said!

Posted by Randy on Saturday, 09.29.07 @ 16:31pm


"90's Nirvana / Aerosmith / Alanis Morrisette"

Really? Aerosmith was formed in the 70's and their classics were released then, which is when they were enjoyable and quality (i.e. see: Sweet Emotion, Dream On, Come Together, etc.).

When the 90's hit (or mid to late 80's), is when they decided to become commercialized and their music became nauseating and just awful (i.e. see "Love in an Elevator", Janie's Got a Gun, or any of their cheesy "ballads").

Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 09.29.07 @ 19:51pm


Agree with you completely regarding Aerosmith, Anon.
Also in reference to this post, Billy Joel's best stuff by far was from '74-'78 -- not the 80's (with the exception of "The Nylon Curtain" in '82).
"Steertlife Serenade", "Turnstiles", "The Stranger" and "52nd Street" were his pinnacle albums.

Posted by shawn on Saturday, 09.29.07 @ 21:00pm


"80's Bruce Springsteen / Madonna/ Billy Joel"

utter bullshit. who's era does that define? I'm guessing its an american. Madonna makes me think corporate america (what with madonna). if you knew diddly squit about post punk that list would look a lot different, even if it was only two artists. i suggest madonna and joel being replaced by The Smiths, REM, U2, The Cure, Pixies, Soundgarden; take your pick.

Posted by liam on Sunday, 09.30.07 @ 12:40pm


It's about time Donna Summer has been nominated!!
She is the most versatile female singer of the last 40 years. She has sung Rock,Pop,Dance,R&B,and Gospel and has the Grammys(In different categories) to Prove it. Enough Said!!!!

Posted by oscar on Sunday, 09.30.07 @ 16:15pm


Imagine the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without Donna Summer? It can't be. How come she hasn't already been inducted? Who is to be blamed for this terrible over sight? WELL....no need to blame anyone any longer. She has been nominated and I'm confident that all voting members will understand the impact this woman has had in the music industry. Donna's sultry, sexy, erotic, and outstanding voice can't be matched by any other. Her voice makes you take notice and captivates you. She makes you love her and her sound. She is truly one of the most outstanding vocalist of all time and she deserves to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There are Legends, and there are Divas....and then there is the one and only Donna Summer.

Posted by Edwin on Sunday, 09.30.07 @ 17:48pm


OMG, Donna Summer definitely should be included in the Rock and Roll HOF already. She has contributed so much to the Rock and Roll era. She has several un-matched accompolishments that have already been listed here. Mainly, being the first female to win a grammy in the rock category and to be nominated again and again in the same category should speak for itself. Donna Summer - Class Act. DEFINITELY!!!

Posted by Will on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 03:06am


If Madonna makes the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before Donna Summer....??? Come one! Madonna has Donna Summer to thank. One of the reasons I love Donna so much is because she's not a one style wonder artist. There are singers who put out, let's say r&b cds and that's all they are known for. One style. Whatever they put out is no surprise. Summer at least mixes it up a bit. And that voice!! Sometimes you can't even recognize her from one song to the next because the lady is acting out a song so well. The Wanderer, When Love Cries, and Hot Stuff are great examples of this.

Posted by Jimmie Lee on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 04:48am


Like these 2008 Nominees or not, this is not just about our favorite Rock band or who Rocks the hardest. Its about the Giants of the Rock & Roll Era! Musician that define not just POPULAR Music but an entire ERA & Generation. Very few artist can define an Era. Also, remember the Rock & Roll Era has had many Sub-genres over its 5 decades.

If there was a "Mount Rushmore" Of musical Giants of the Rock & Roll Era, these faces would be chiseled in the rock!

50's Elvis / Little Richard / Chuck Berry
60's Beatles / Aretha Franklin/ Rolling Stones
70's Elton John / Donna Summer / Led Zeppelin/
80's Bruce Springsteen / Madonna/ others?
90's Nirvana / Alanis Morrisette/ others?

I am not a Music historian but , These Superstars along with a few others out there define their Era. I don't love them all, but they are our morden music History.. enough Said!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_music_genres

Posted by Randy on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 09:42am


If Rock and Roll is truly an art form that celebrates rebellion, questions authority, sings the praises of love and sex... then what difference does it make what kind of music is is? In the beginning (whenever that was), who said rock and roll should only be white guys with guitars between their legs? Donna's musical legacy may be mainly known for her disco and dance hits, but anyone who has truly listened to her recordings know that she's been shaped by rock and roll, gospel and pop. She has cited singers as diverse as Mahalia Jackson to Janis Joplin as her early infuencers. And it shows. Whether she gets in this year or not, she will still remain one of the greatest and most underrated vocalists of all time.

Posted by Russ Noe on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 10:47am



50's Elvis / Little Richard / Chuck Berry
60's Beatles / Aretha Franklin/ Rolling Stones
70's Elton John / Donna Summer* (LINDA RONSTADT)/ Led Zeppelin/
80's Bruce Springsteen / Madonna/ others?
90's Nirvana / Alanis Morrisette/ others?

*As talented as Donna Summer was and probably is....LINDA RONSTADT RULED THE 1970'S AND WAS THE BEST SELLING FEMALE ARTIST OF THE TIME. RONSTADT as a solo artist SOLD OUT STADIUMS, toured like man... buddy.....Aretha, Carol King, Carly Simon, Donna Summer and even The Supremes didn't do this, they were STUDIO ARTIST with little touring. Kinda what Mariah Carey and others do now. Not till Madonna came along did another female come to replace RONSTADT'S vast hold on ARENA ROCK.

YOU NEED AND EDUCATION IN MUSIC AND NOW WHAT POP CULTURE OR VH1 70'S FLASHBACK SHOWS PUTS OUT.

Posted by CHANGRILA on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 14:40pm


<....LINDA RONSTADT RULED THE 1970'S AND WAS THE BEST SELLING FEMALE ARTIST OF THE TIME. >

Like I said in my post. I don't claim to be an expert in music history. But, You are missing the point. I am sure there are many missing artist on that list. Linda Ronstat should surly be high on the list for the 70's. However the point is that the artist we are discussing are just as worthy, if not more worthy than these mega Rock band that most people are angry about the Hall omitting.

Posted by Randy on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 15:19pm


I am a Donna Summer fan and I like Madonna. Just not tha into Madonna so much. Being familiar with a good number of Madonna songs, I cannot think of one song of hers that would be considered rock oriented. I can for Donna Summer. Madonna seems more pop than rock. Donna Summer semms more rock than Madonna. I'm sure there may be a few rock oriented Madonna songs, but compared to Madonna, I think Donna Summer wins hands down. Sure, Madonna has had more longevity and has constantly put out songs more so than Summer has, but this is not Pop Music Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, Madonna may still get in before Summer due to popularity instead of actual rock and roll contributions. I'd like both of them to get in. Needless to say, Donna before Madonna (smile).

Posted by Jimmie Lee on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 20:06pm


Donna Summer has lasted and her music has moved way beyond disco! Her Grammy for Carry On - the first dance grammy - should prove that her talent and her magnificent voice are timeless!

Posted by rick on Tuesday, 10.2.07 @ 07:08am


Yes,
Donna must to be induct to the Rock Roll fame!
She ist the best voice i heard ever, has influenced all genre of music in 4 decades, from disco to rock!;

Mrs Summer must to be on hall of fame!

Posted by Dubine on Tuesday, 10.2.07 @ 11:23am


DEFINITELY, DONNA SUMMER DESERVES TO BE INDUCTED IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, THE INFLUENCE DONNA SUMMER HAS ON CURRENT MUSIC TODAY IS QUITE OUTSTANDING, JUST LISTEN TO BEYONCE, RIHANNA, AVRIL LAVIGNE OR GWEN STEFANI JUST TO MENTION A FEW, THEIR MUSIC OWES SOMETHING IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER TO THE PRECEDENTS THAT DONNA SUMMER HAS STABLISHED, NOT TO MENTION THE MOST SUCCESFUL ACHIEVER IN USURPING HER MUSIC AND IMAGE; MADONNA (FROM WHO I'VE LISTENED TO EVERY SINGLE, ALBUM AND SONG, I LIKE HER, TOO). THAT'S ONE OF MANY REASONS WHY THIS MUST BE DONNA'S YEAR.

Posted by Mario Maldonado-Alvarado on Tuesday, 10.2.07 @ 18:01pm


la diva de divas al fin y creo en Dios que Donna Summer entrara en el pasillo de la fama es una gran voz con estilo y muy elegante ademas de ser una gran estrella pero por el valor y calidad de su trabajo es digna de estar el el pasillo,

Posted by eduardo lopez on Tuesday, 10.2.07 @ 20:28pm


I'm kind of on the fence on this one. I think Donna Summer is a great singer, and her a lot of her stuff was as good as disco ever got. I just have a hard time thinking of somebody so identified with disco as belonging in a rock and roll hall of fame. In a dance music hall of fame, yes. They should name it after her and proclaim her the queen in perpetuity. And I understand that she flirted with rock on some of her hits, and was at the forefront of electronic dance music. I guess if I'm in a generous mood I'd say yes, because she actually brought some substance and soul to a genre that often was lacking in those qualities. As long as she isn't followed by Gloria Gaynor and Alicia Bridges!!!

Posted by ezwriter on Wednesday, 10.3.07 @ 13:13pm


<<As long as she isn't followed by Gloria Gaynor and Alicia Bridges!!!>>

LOL, Nope! Sound to me like there is only one innovative Originator in the group and that is Donna!

Posted by Stan on Wednesday, 10.3.07 @ 22:37pm


As so many have noted before, Donna Summer has had one of the most pronounced influences on the shape of current popular music today. You can hear her influence most any time you listen to the radio. She has a genuine artistic sensibility combined with an excellent voice and a dedicated innovative creativity that has resulted in music that transports as well as any artist whom I have ever listened to. Donna Summer deserves to be in the R&R Hall of Fame.

Gary

Posted by gary on Sunday, 10.7.07 @ 23:15pm


No doubt, Summer is deserving of this status. She holds many recording titles as the premier Diva. She was and still is a Star. She has influenced todays top acts and like it or not her Disco Beats are the making of todays Dance Music. Disco never left they now call the Genre DANCE.

Posted by Ron on Wednesday, 10.10.07 @ 11:33am


My gosh...here we go again! Donna should be inducted this year and it should stick. Whoever votes for this award should not even think twice about this legend. She has been so influential since the 70's and no one has been able to duplicate her talent. I hear she is gearing up for a long overdue new album in spring 2008. With that voice, it should make us all stand up and say where has she been hiding. Let's hope March 2008 will be the season she finally gets the recognition she deserves.

Posted by Tony on Friday, 10.12.07 @ 19:11pm


Hey there to all Donna Summer fans!!!
The GREATEST Donna Summer!!!
At last SHE is nominated and hopefully will be in the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame!
I am from Armenia, Yerevan.
Since 80`s Donna has been my favourite female-singer/performer.
I had even written a three-page-long letter to her in 1988/89 and received a reply(!) from her with a fantatstic black&white photo of her with an iscription and signature - "To Hrach, God Bless You, Love, Donna Summer".
Yes, she had to be there at the Hall of Fame even long before, she deserved that long ago!!!
Her incredible deep voice, her perfect performing artistry,her heart&soul-touching songs...Donna Summer has to be considered not only as a disco/ pop/soul singer, but also a jazz singer! Her voice in some songs or live-performings reaches even to classical-vocal degrees!Listen carefully to her all albums and performances!
Please, vote for HER!
All the best to You Donna!!!

Posted by HrAch on Thursday, 10.25.07 @ 04:42am


What defines a superstar is that people who are not involved in pop rock music are familiar with them. My dad (71 this year) does not know a word in english and hears only traditional greek music (I live in Greece), he still dances (or at least trying to) to hot stuff. That is great, and that the reason why the lady must get in. She is known all over the world and she still rocks people from 9 to 99. Go Donna go.

Posted by dsfan on Tuesday, 11.20.07 @ 07:27am


come

Posted by zzy on Thursday, 12.6.07 @ 10:03am


THIS ARTIST (DONNA SUMMER) DESERVES TO BE RECOGNIZED as a trail blazer for many women in music. She should definantely be in this year. NOT MADONNA!

Posted by Lazaro on Friday, 12.7.07 @ 13:08pm


Yes Yes Yes !!! What Inspirational,Country (Yes.. Country!!), Dance, Christmas, R&B, Pop, Movies, Comercials, New Wave, Disco, Art (Yes,. The Lady has her own show's of personal art in museums around the world),and of course.. Rock Music will do without one of the most under-appreciate artist in this century ??? We will probably hear and smile and of course ..dance to her music 100 yars lights from now!! And still we will find her music reing supreme, fine and fresh. Dolly ,Bowie,Strainsand, Springsteen,Ross,Lennon,Red Hot Chillis,No Doubt,Madonna, Beyonce,Blondie ...all love her in one or another way and respect her. AND.. PLEASE to don't forget ..THAT VOICE,!! pure...diamond!! sO yes yes yes!!!

Posted by porkchop on Tuesday, 12.11.07 @ 23:24pm


Congratulations On your Win !

Class of 2008 or not you are and will always be a winner!!!!

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 12.12.07 @ 16:38pm


With all due respect to Donna Summers talents as a singer, she should never be inducted into The ROCK AND ROLL Hall of Fame. Who's next, the Village People? Although I actually have little use for this institution, I could never accept the Queen of Disco as an inductee. I highlighted RnR to emphasis the fact that DISCO was considered its mortal enemy. Everytime I hear disco, I think of Jimmy Carter, T-birds that looked like Cadilacs, and the Son of Sam. I will accept Techno, Rap and Madonna influenced dance music, but Disco can never be allowed. I think I even attended the RnR show that ended the Saturday Night Fever Disco "2001 Odessy" reign in Brooklyn. And that was hard to do because if memory serves me correctly, an early version of Twisted Sister played that night and they were G*d awful. I wore my "Disco Sux" t-shirt proudly. Disco and Polyester must never be allowed to share the same stage as The Beatles, The Who, The Stones and Dylan. NEVER I SAY, NEVER.

Thank you - I feel much better getting that rant out. Now where is my geritol? I must get to the YMCA for my evening workout.

DISCO SUCKS FOREVER! Damn it to hell.

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 01.6.08 @ 19:46pm


C'mon, Let's put Bob Dylan In the disco hall of fame. Just another popularity contest , rather than looking at relevance.

Posted by mike stuver on Wednesday, 01.16.08 @ 00:14am


Maybe next year ???

Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 01.31.08 @ 11:26am


Isn't it a little insulting to earlier 70's rock artists like Billy Preston (yes I know he's dead) and Graham Parker (yes, him too) to be highlightng the damn disco era bofore them (and many, many others)?

Perhaps nomination is enough of an honor. Other disco era notables that could be inducted as much as Summer would be Kool & The Gang, KC & The Sunshine Band, ABBA, Average White Band.

OK, ewwww. let me out of here.

Posted by Blue on Thursday, 01.31.08 @ 11:49am


Donna summer won the best rock female vocal in 1979 and wrote the #1 country song for Dolly Parton. In fact in 1979, she has grammy nominations in pop, rock, r&b, disco and best album. Nobody has done that before!

Posted by KiAT on Tuesday, 03.11.08 @ 22:51pm


Donna Summer is very controversial when it comes to whether or not she should be inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll HoF. There are the disco haters out there who think Donna is a name of the past who just sang songs. However, an artist who has sold 130 million records; has won multiple awards in soul, rock, gospel and dance music; and has written the majority of her hits and albums could not have relied on just a couple of 70s disco hits. when she was asked to do an album of cover songs she rejected the offer and at the age of almost 60, she managed to successfully create a 21st century masterpiece (Crayons) covering many genres including dance, rock and latin.

Although she is often described as a Disco Queen (which of course she is Dance music's greatest artist) Donna Summer's career is more like Debbie Harry's, Pat Benatar's or Aretha Franklin's than lets say Gloria Gaynor or Anita Ward.

Her albums have been widely acclaimed for example the No.1 Bad Girls album- a masterpiece on the concept of prostitutes and nightlife; or 1977's Once Upon a Time- a Cinderella like tale which arguably is Donn'a finest moment. Summer's hit singles have also been highly influential. Love to Love You Baby, 1975's sensational debut for the diva, is often described as the song that made disco. I Feel love, co-written by Summer with her then producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, was the first song to only use synths and sequencers in the background to Donna's stunning vocals. This makes it the first ever(and greatest) 'dance' song as we know dance music today and many bands from then on (especially in the 1980s) eg. Soft Cell, Bronski Beat, Eurythmics, Visage, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, etc started to use synths in the style of Donna.

Hot Stuff and Bad Girls, the multi-platinum back to back monster no.1 hits from 1979, were the key steps into bringing disco and funk together with rock and soul. Rolling stone magazine loved Donna Summer's work from the late 70s/early 80s than compared to other 'disco' artists because she had the rock 'n' roll edge and often high concept material in her albums.

Summer's 80s albums such as The Wanderer, I'm a Rainbow, Donna Summer, and She Works Hard for the Money again proved she could do dance music and rock music at the same time. Highlights of these albums include Cold Love, Protection, He's a Rebel, People People, Stop Me, Leave Me Alone, A Runner with the Pack and many more fantastic tracks.

Donna's career later dwindled after a poor relationship with her record company and some malicious rumours about her Christian views against many of her previously die-hard fans. She has managed to have comebacks throughout the 90s and 00s, including the previously mentioned Crayons (2008) which once again proves that Donna is still going strong. She was nominated to be inducted in the 2008 Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, but did not succeed in getting in. It is interesting to note too that another disco act, Chic, were also rejected from being inducted. Hopefully, disco will be revisited and seen in a less hateful point of light, and even more so that Donna Summer will be inducted as soon as possible.

Posted by Sweep on Wednesday, 08.20.08 @ 16:20pm


"The Queen of Disco" title alone is enough to get her in the RRHOF.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 08.21.08 @ 12:39pm


Donna Summer needs to get inducted! I do not care much for some disco music (guaranteed its always great for making you feel good), but i have always thought of Donna as being more than just a disco diva. Her 'Once Upon a Time' LP and 'Bad Girls' LP are legendary concept albums with a fantastic mix of disco, soul, rock and powerful vocals. It is important to remember also that she was a prolific songwriter, which is sometimes over-shadowed with her 'Queen of Disco' image. Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame- please induct Donna Summer in 2009!

Posted by James on Friday, 08.29.08 @ 08:46am


Hopefully, Ms. Summer not onlywill be on the ballot this year, but will be one of the ones to be inducted. The fact that her induction chances- per this site- is only 5% higher than Britney Spears? Puh-LEASE- I can't stress enough, FRH, to get that whole thing adjusted!

Summer's songs stand the test of time; she has left an undeniable mark; and, as someone saud, her Queen of Disco title is testament enough to her legacy.

Posted by JR on Saturday, 08.30.08 @ 10:07am


Donna Summer came close last year and should definitely get in for 2009. Donna after all was the original queen of pop! Her career is almost identical to Madonna's, except Madonna had the power of the music video to help sell her records; Donna didn't- but she had the voice and great songwriting abilities to make fantastic music.

Posted by Tom on Monday, 09.8.08 @ 09:06am


I'm glad there is so much support for Donna Summer! No 'diva' has influenced and shaped music as much as Donna Summer. Here are a couple of reasons she should get inducted:
1) Her early work (such as Love to Love You Baby/A Love Trilogy) helped to bring disco out from the underground into the spotlight and help it become the most successful genre of music ever.
2) Her dance anthem 'I Feel Love' was the first song ever to use only synthesised instruments and therefore paved the way for many 80s bands.
3) Donna Summer was one of the first female black artists to write her music and create concept albums.
4) Donna Summer was the first female to win a ROCK grammy in 1979.
5) In the 1978/1979 period alone Donna had 4 US No. 1 hits, 7 million selling singles, 3 consecutive No. 1 multi-platinum double albums- not even Elvis Presley has shared this amount of success in a period of two years.
6) Donna Summer was the only artist to survive the disco backlash in 1979 - in 1980 she had released a rock album (The Wanderer) which received acclaim from rock critics - which showed the world that Donna could rock!
7) Donna Summer's ever changing image (From a fairy tale princess to a prostitute to a bag lady to a hard working waitress) and her influential dance music would later lay the foundations to the careers of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Kylie Minogue, and virtually every female pop artist that we have today.
8) Donna Summer occasionaly writes for other artists too - she wrote Dolly Parton's number 1 country hit 'Starting Over Agian'.
9) Donna Summer is the only artist to have a billboard number one dance hit in the past 4 decades.

Posted by Jon Paul on Friday, 09.12.08 @ 14:01pm


That Madonna and Chic are even considered to be in the Rock 'n Roll Hall Of Fame before Donna Summer shows that this whole thing is a JOKE. By the way Cameo, Rick James and the Ohio Players are proof that funk is being discriminated (BLACK PEOPLE)against. Music is taking a huge hit here.

Posted by ed on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 14:45pm


nominate donna summer again she deserves it

Posted by abel arteaga on Sunday, 09.28.08 @ 21:24pm


I feel that Donna Summer is long overdue to be inducted in the rock-n-roll hall of fame. Her music defined an era and I feel that she is one of the most talented female vocalist of our times. If people would learn to appreciate the artist and not the "disco queen" she has so many colors that surrounds her beautiful voice. I really believe that she has proven who she is as an artist-period!!!

Posted by Antonio Criswell on Thursday, 11.27.08 @ 00:11am


Donna Summer most definitely should be inducted into the "Rock and Roll hall". I would certainly put her in the top three influential artist of the 70's... besides the fact that she was the "Queen of Disco". She's the first artist to legitimately infuse "Rock" and "Disco". There were many rock acts at the time who were doing they're spin on disco. But they all ended up sounding more disco than rock... I challenge anyone to listen to "Hot Stuff" and The Rolling Stone's "Miss You" and not come away with this conclusion... The dance/rock style of music she was recording in 78-79 would eventually build careers for both Michael Jackson and Prince. Not to mention every female dance/pop artist since.

Posted by daleonsouth on Saturday, 01.24.09 @ 12:03pm


Donna Summer paved the way for Whitney, Mariah, Beyonce, Madonna and Janet to name a few. With her collaborators they changed how music is created and they invented the 4 on the floor with echo. As another recording artist I hope I can be there as a performer to pay tribute to her live. I have met her on several occassions and she is a dear woman with an inate sexual vibe. She is like Monroe..she just has it!! I love you Donna and thank you for your contributions to American Muisc and American Pop culture!!! Might I add...without "Love to Love You Baby" Madonna would not have stood a chance in the industry!!! I love Madonna too and she needs to show Donna some love!!!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Thursday, 02.5.09 @ 13:41pm


For any Donna fans...hit me up at www.myspace.com/darrellrussmusic or at www.darrellruss.com

:) I want Donna in the HALL OF FAME! She is well overdue!!!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Thursday, 02.5.09 @ 14:49pm


A great songwriter. A great singer. A great performer. A cultural ICON. There was never anyone like her and there has never been another after her.

All those that didn't like disco music, myself included, should recognize that her ability and talent overcame the fact that her music was categorized in with other disco acts. She was the Beatles of disco. Even HOF'ers like Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger copied her sound. Other than Bob Dylan who else influenced other superstars to change their musical styles to copy her style? That my friends is what makes her a legend.

During the mid Seventies, along with the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton she was amongst the brightest of the stars.

Posted by Ed on Thursday, 03.26.09 @ 19:06pm


WOW, I am so glad to see all the support for Donna Summer. Donna Summer along with Gloria Gaynor help start an era with their music. This woman has done so much in her career, that it is such a shame that she always seem to get snubbed for everything pretaining to anything involving "list of greats". Donna Summer does something to a song that not many can match. An incredible singing voice that very FEW female vocalist can comptete with, even to this very day at 60 years old. While she is so closely associated with disco, she has dabbed in every kind of genre, think about it, who was the first black female vocalist to win a grammy in a rock category? In addition to being nominated in that category 2 or 3 more times after that. She may not be sole rock and roll, but she defintely falls within the rules to make it in, far as "contributing/contributions to rock and roll". Someday, hopefully, a person who has the authority to wake up and see all the accompolishments Donna Summer has made will make the right call and finally reward her with the respect that she so deserves.

Posted by William on Monday, 04.6.09 @ 04:00am


Donna Summer is a pioneer in the world of female performers. She paved the road for many of today's top vocalists. Madonna, would have not carrer if Donna Summer had not opened some doors that had not been opended in the music world. Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and a slew of others need to pay homage to the trailblazing efforts of Donna Summer. Groups like New Order and Depeche Mode learned from Summer's work with Giorgio Moroder. Donna-Legend!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Wednesday, 04.15.09 @ 14:56pm


Hopefully Donna makes it back onto the ballot next year.

Posted by JR on Monday, 04.27.09 @ 22:15pm


With no apologies to the hard-heads out there, I vote Yes. Donna Summer would be a great artist to induct. "Queen" of disco yes, but that's no crime to me. She could do and did do rock also.

Posted by Worm on Monday, 04.27.09 @ 23:25pm


http://www.rockhall.com/pressroom/nominees-for-2010-induction/

DONNA SUMMER

Raised in the church, rooted in gospel, LaDonna Andrea Gaines would become Donna Summer, the undisputed “Queen of Disco.” In 1975, “Love To Love You Baby” began a long-term association with Munich-based songwriters and producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Summer made history from 1979-1980 as the only artist ever to have three consecutive multi disc albums all hit #1: Live and More, Bad Girls and On The Radio. Her first U.S. recorded LP, the self-titled Donna Summer, produced by Quincy Jones in 1982 featured Bruce Springsteen and other notable rock contributors. “She Works Hard For The Money” kept Summer at the top of the charts in 1983, followed by the top 10 hit “This Time I Know It’s Real” in 1989. Endless covers and sampling of her music proves that Summer’s contribution remains compelling and classic.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 11:19am


From Digital Dream Door

Donna Summer

Of the other artists with recent multiple nominations to their names the fates of Chic and Donna Summer, who gets her second nomination this year, have not received anywhere near the level of critical support in the rock press as the Stooges, which is a travesty because disco, for all of its own over-the-top imagery connected to it, was a far bigger and more influential piece of the rock pie than punk during the same period in history. Making the snub worse is the fact that Summer was its leading practitioner, enormously successful and very influential, and yet she faces a voter backlash for the decadent and decidedly un-hip image the entire style endures. With Chic not appearing on this year's ballot for the first time since 2005, Summer has the disco spotlight to herself, which could work to her advantage as votes for that style may not be split. With five female-based acts on the ballot however, the most since 1995, she will probably not gain an advantage from voters looking to ensure token gender representation, even though few woman in history can match her achievements. Her greatest obstacle remains that a lot of voters are uncomfortable with the appearance of so many rock styles (rap, metal, disco and now Kiss) that are targets for insecure critics so they instead mark their ballots for safer choices. That pressure to conform to satisfy the opinions of cultural highbrows has spelled doom for a lot of qualified artists over the years and could hurt Summer's chances again this year.

Qualifications: 7 - Solid Choice

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 14:58pm


DISCO SUCKS

Posted by OKTOBERFEST on Sunday, 10.4.09 @ 13:04pm


C'mon, let us stop using disco as a means of not giving DONNA SUMMER her just due. People who are speaking against Donna obviously do not know her music. Donna summer cannot be categorized. She has sung it all and does it all gracefully. No one and I mean no one can match Donna when it comes to versatility. She has sung it all: Soul, Pop, Rock, Disco, Country, Reggae, Gospel, etc. Donna deserves the respect that has not been given her. Donna is concerned with doing music period and her haters are just used to categorizing. Induct DONNA SUMMER for the class of 2010.

Posted by Jacob L. Walker on Thursday, 10.15.09 @ 19:24pm


Donna Summer is one of the great singer out here

Posted by SabrinaSpruill on Sunday, 11.15.09 @ 20:23pm


I hope Donna is chosen this year- she's overdue. It's not like she hasn't enjoyed a lot of acclaim, especially for something like "I Feel Love." When one is hailed as the Queen of any notable musical genre, that says it all.

Posted by JR on Sunday, 11.22.09 @ 12:57pm


Why does it say Donna Summer was nominated in 2010? I'm pretty certain she wasn't

Posted by Mankey on Sunday, 12.27.09 @ 15:58pm


Mankey, she was nominated for the Class of 2010. That's what that means.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 12.28.09 @ 06:00am


Donna Summer d e s e r v e s to get this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction. She is the trailblazer of disco/dance music. She has sold over 178 million albums worldwide which ranks her #6 in female artist worldwide sales. She has a voice that no one can duplicate. She is just simply awesome. She has had success and acclaim releasing her rock material such as: The Wanderer,Who do you Think You're Foolin,Cold Love,Protection,Highway Runner,Leave Me Alone,Bad Reputation and much more. She has charted success and was the first Black artist to win a Grammy in the rock female category in 1979. She deserves this award hands down.

Posted by D-Dubb on Wednesday, 12.30.09 @ 12:02pm


OMG! I CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY HESITATION ON INDUCTING DONNA SUMMER IN THE ROCK HALL OF FAME! I'VE LISTENED TO AND CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO A WIDE VARIETY OF ARTISTS-I LIKE R&B,DANCE,ROCK,HIP-HOP,POP,COUNTRY,ETC-AND I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT DONNA SUMMER IS FAR,FAR MORE THAN ANY ONE GENRE OF MUSIC!SHE'S A CHAMELEON! AND A DAMNED GOOD ONE AT THAT!HER VOICE AND VERSATILITY IS JUST INCREDIBLE! SO SHE'S WAY PAST DUE FOR SOME RECOGNITION!

Posted by jonathan pasley on Saturday, 01.16.10 @ 03:58am


IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY DONNA SUMMER IS ROCK, YOU MUST READ THIS!!!!!

Her early recordings earned her the title (Time Magazine, etc) as THE QUEEN OF SEX ROCK. Her vocals always demonstrated her chameleon talents for tackling a song in sole service to the song. Summer is a true artist and a terrific song writer. Her electronic music fused rock, R&B, and Soul creating a brand new sound. Artists that have claimed to be influenced by Summer include Simple Minds, Blondie, New Order, Eurythmics, Michael Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bronski Beat, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, and Iggy Pop to name a few. John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen,, Billie Joel, Wynona, Emmilou Harris, and Elton John were huge fans of her work, and Lennon in particularly played her "Wanderer" album continuously just prior to his death.
If you want to pass her off as "disco", then listen to these tracks, a mix of electronic and some straight forward rock:

Working The Midnight Shift
I Feel Love
Summer Fever (greatest orgasm on record)
Love to Love You Baby
Hot Stuff
Love Will Always Find You
Our Love
Lucky
My Baby Understands
Cold Love
Nightlife
Running for Cover
Looking Up
The Wanderer
Stop Me
People Talk
Leave Me Alone
Protection (w/ Bruce Springsteen)
Fame - her latest #1 hit from 2009.

The above are but a few, but listen, and remember that there was nothing like these tracks prior to Summer, and everything was like this by the 1980s.

Posted by Howell on Sunday, 01.17.10 @ 21:14pm


100% yes

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 01.18.10 @ 00:38am


It amazes me that she's not already in the "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame". She should have been in years ago... the stuff she was doing in the late 70's was so far ahead of it's time. The fusion of Rock & Disco(call it Dance, if you need)... Michael Jackson and Prince would eventually make careers out of this same style of music.

I also find it absolutely incredible that "KISS" has yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Perhaps they will be inducted in the same year. It would be two (one-time) Casablanca artist at once.

Posted by daleonsouth on Monday, 03.15.10 @ 02:49am


Most people just write off Donna Summer as a disco singer, but she was more than that. She infused rock, R&B, pop, gospel, jazz and so much more into her music. Her early albums were conceptual, always telling a story. She was experimenting with electronica long before it became popular. She's even written songs for country artists ("Starting Over" was a hit for Dolly Parton, and then later on for Reba McEntire).

Without Donna Summer, there would have been no Madonna, hands down. Donna was moaning orgasms on mainstream records when Madonna was still in high school. Unlike M, though, Donna Summer was never comfortable with a sexy image, and even became a born again Christian at the height of her career. Unfortunately her fame wavered in the 80 and 90s, but she did come back strong a few years ago with a new record, showing everybody that she still IS the Queen.

Posted by Dax on Saturday, 04.10.10 @ 10:18am


"Without Donna Summer, there would have been no Madonna, hands down."

Yeah, but would THAT really have been such a bad thing?

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 04.10.10 @ 11:02am


"Without Donna Summer, there would have been no Madonna, hands down."

Yeah, but would THAT really have been such a bad thing?

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 04.10.10 @ 11:02am
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Yeah it would be

Posted by Gassman on Saturday, 04.10.10 @ 11:16am


lol Sorry Gass... didn't realize you were a Madge Badge-r. That's ok, though, no one's perfect. ;)

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 04.10.10 @ 11:30am


"Yeah, but would THAT really have been such a bad thing?"

Ha! I'm not a Madge Badge-r, but I will admit, Madonna did make some of the 80s music scene a little bit more interesting. I just don't believe she deserve all the credit of which she's often (way too many times) given.

Posted by Dax on Saturday, 04.17.10 @ 15:16pm


Donna Summer deserves to be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame...period!!!!!!!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Tuesday, 05.11.10 @ 14:26pm


"Donna Summer deserves to be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame...period!!!!!!!"


No. She doesn't. Period.

Posted by lil jonny on Tuesday, 05.11.10 @ 14:30pm


"I FEEL LOVE" has been the template for dance music since it's release in 1977 and is still way ahead of it's time.
Not to mention, DONNA SUMMER is the first African American to win a ROCK GRAMMY, what more influence is needed?

Posted by Richard on Thursday, 07.8.10 @ 10:20am


Oh yes Donna Summer does deserve to be in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame! END OF STORY!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Thursday, 07.29.10 @ 12:10pm


Let's not use the Grammys- which for most of its existence nominated/honored safe, middle-of-the-road, non-threatening popular acts- as a measure of having to do with anything now. It's the same as how commercial success has little to do with whether an act should be in the HOF.

But, yes, Donna Summer does deserve to be in the HOF. Hopefully soon.

Posted by JR on Monday, 08.2.10 @ 17:59pm


it is grossly unfair that once Donna Summer gets in people will say "well they let ABBA in". Donna should have been in long ago and if she were white and dominated like she did for years, she would have been. Funk acts like Cameo, Ohio Players, Slave aren't even considered. And they are way closer to Rock and Roll than ABBA.

Posted by ed on Friday, 09.10.10 @ 12:38pm


Donna Summer must be voted into the R&R Hall of Fame. Besides her obvious talent, the woman shaped the dance music landscape and defined the disco era. If you liked it or not, disco ruled in it's day - heck, even Barbra Streisand understood that.

Posted by Enough on Friday, 09.24.10 @ 21:33pm


FROM THE DIGITAL DREAM DOOR

Donna Summer

The undisputed Queen Of Disco has only one nomination thus far, showing how little respect the style itself gets from the Hall Of Fame. Her credentials are uniformly solid, including being among the most successful solo artists in rock history, but the critical, or even mass public acceptance of disco as a whole remains shakey, aside from the occasionally goofy retro-hipness. Her popularity and absolute dominance over an entire major style of rock though should be more than enough to assure her of eventual enshrinement.

One of the most successful female artists eligible for the Hall Of Fame who have not yet gotten in remains the Queen Of Disco, whose dominance spanned a full decade and produced some of the most identifiable records of her, or any, era in rock. Normally this would be an advantage for any artist to be officially recognized by the Hall, yet because disco, the style of rock 'n' roll in which she performed, is at times the most widely ridiculed and misunderstood form of rock to ever reach a mass audience, she has not broken through in her two previous times on the ballot. Yet in denying disco's legitimacy as a whole voters have effectively tried to re-write history to suit their modern biases and satisfy the most vocal critics of the style who recoil in horror at the thought of a dance floor diva like Summer getting enshrined. But her presence in rock history is undeniable, whether she's given proper credit for it or not, as she notched 13 Top Ten hits, including four #1's, and provided a large portion of the soundtrack rock 'n' roll lived on in the 70's and early 80's. Her songs were largely written by Summer herself, giving her more hits as a writer than fellow-nominee Nyro, who's on the ballot strictly for her songwriting ability, while Summer's records also featured some of the most immaculately produced sounds of all-time which even the most vocal critic would have to admit defined the era in question.

Qualifications: 7 - Solid Choice

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.28.10 @ 20:21pm


A definite yes here, as the above comments were very convincing, and this is an answer from someone who doesn't even really like disco. When TWO legendary bands that are in the Hall of Fame (Queen and The Rolling Stones) use you as a template for two of their biggest hits that says a lot. I think New Order should be inducted soon; hell, one could argue they should've been inducted already, but it wouldn't be fair to induct them without inducting the lady who they owe a lot to. Not only would her being inducted help to wipe out "rockism" it would also get electronica into the hall for the first time, which would open the doors for some crucial bands (such as New Order) to be inducted eventually. To those who say that her induction would cause a flood of disco acts to be inducted; you might be right, and I don't want that either, but that didn't happen when they inducted The Bee Gees and it didn't when they inducted ABBA, so why would it happen now.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 10.1.10 @ 09:32am


Barbra Streisand hasn't been nominated or inducted, but one of her duet partners, Barry Gibb was inducted in in 1997 along with his brothers, Robin and Maurice as the Bee Gees. This year we have TWO duet partners of Streisand on the same ballot. Neil Diamond (You Don't Bring Me Flowers) and Donna Summer (No More Tears [Enough is Enough])

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 10.1.10 @ 14:46pm


DONNA SUMMER! ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Wednesday, 10.20.10 @ 08:22am


DONNA SUMMER! ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Wednesday, 10.20.10 @ 08:37am


She deserves to be recognized for that voice and her different styles of music.

Posted by Charles on Thursday, 12.23.10 @ 00:12am


A woman's place is in the home

Posted by nolvadex 20mg on Monday, 01.17.11 @ 22:22pm



For people who still go out every night or do raves or big dance festivals... One song that will get anyone going at any party or festival is I Feel Love... and today it's still one of the most played songs by the biggest dj's at the biggest parties. Every day there is a new I feel love video on youtube to be found, wether it's a sample a cover or a video of a dj playing it... after 35 years the song is more relevant now then it was when originally released. The song was a team effort and that song alone should get her in.

The biggest names in fashion are using her music (latest is the new Diesel add) Gucci even made her re-record it

Listen to all her albums and find not 1 song sounding like the other... not 1 album sounding remotely the same to another...

Some of the biggest songs ever (New Order's, blue monday... Ultravoxes Vienna... Michael Jackson's Black or White) are influenced by her songs...

There are so many reasons why this woman should be inducted... One of the most important forces in music ever... Induct her already

Posted by RikH on Thursday, 09.15.11 @ 06:55am


This is one underrated extremely versatile powerhouse singer who style has always laced rock w soul, with pop and not just disco as the stigma and biasness that is undeservingly put on her. She has incorporated the whole electronica thing and transended such unique musical styles that many after her have utilized to their sounds. She's not only a highly versatile singer but prolific songwriter. The woman has too much talent to be continuesly ignored for her contributions.

Posted by Rael on Friday, 09.16.11 @ 09:42am


As I said before..."DONNA SUMMER-ALL THE WAY"!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Wednesday, 09.21.11 @ 10:17am


Will this be the year? Fourth nomination in her 13th year of eligibility.

Posted by JR on Tuesday, 09.27.11 @ 09:25am


Five Grammy Awards, including the first award ever for Rock-Female. Three #1 albums. Four #1 singles. The performer of the Oscar-winning "Last Dance." 130 million records sold worldwide. The first artist signed to Geffen Records. Wrote or co-wrote all of her hits. One of the only consistent female hit-makers of the late 70's and early 80's. Nominated by the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame four times. It's time.

Posted by Paul on Wednesday, 10.5.11 @ 11:50am


Im totally shocked that Donna has not been placed in the Hall of Fame. First of all her voice is untouchable. Secondly she has always been ahead of her times. Setting and breaking records that only she can do. So many number one double albums and singles. A class act. Our vote is strictly with Donna Summer. One of the most versitile singers EVER.

Posted by Jimmy F on Sunday, 10.9.11 @ 05:20am


Im totally shocked that Donna has not been placed in the Hall of Fame. First of all her voice is untouchable. Secondly she has always been ahead of her times. Setting and breaking records that only she can do. So many number one double albums and singles. A class act. Our vote is strictly with Donna Summer. One of the most versitile singers EVER.

Posted by Jimmy F on Sunday, 10.9.11 @ 05:27am


To those who are clearly NOT familiar or have NOT given all her albums a listen (NOT JUST THE KNOWN HITS), are ignorant in the fact that only her first few albums were DISCO! Her hits, even to recent were dance/uptempo based BUT HER ALBUMS were ALWAYS a combination of Rock, Pop, Soul, New Age, Electronica etc etc. Her music whether liked personally or not was always creative and trendsetting and influential to artist after her and the newer ones now. Her voice is one of the strongest and purest of many other female artist of the past and present. She deserves it without the constant biasness of being labeled just a DISCO QUEEN.

Posted by Rael on Thursday, 10.13.11 @ 10:09am


@ Rael...calm down, Rael. She's been nominated four times, so I'm sure it is just a matter of "when" and not "if". Her musical output prior to the Geffen years was and continues to be influential, so please don't discount it. The Casablanca albums were ahead of their time, especially those all-synth productions by Giorgio Moroder. And isn't it better to be the king or queen of something?

Posted by Paul on Thursday, 10.13.11 @ 13:23pm


Rael, if she makes it, it will be because she was the 'Disco Queen'.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 10.13.11 @ 15:14pm


On November 11, 1978 Donna Summer's "Live and More" knocked Linda Ronstadt's "Living in the USA" out of number one on the Billboard 200 Album chart. The "More" refers to side 4 of the original vinyl which contains the 18-minute "MacArthur Park Suite" Jimmy Webb wrote "MacArthur Park" about a love affair he had with Linda Ronstadt's cousin, Susan, who is also the subject of another Webb composition, "By The Time I Get to Phoenix" So Linda Ronstadt got knocked out of number one on the album chart by an album that included a song written about her cousin. Pretty strange

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 10.18.11 @ 19:25pm


Two artists on this year's ballot, Heart and Donna Summer, recorded the same song, "The Woman in Me" written by Michael Clark and John Bettis. Summer's version appears on her self-titled 1982 album, which also contained "Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)" and her cover of Jon & Vangelis' "State Of Independence" Heart's version appears on their 1993 album "Desire Walks On

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 10.20.11 @ 17:36pm


This woman is now and forever talented, she is a living all-embracing, bondless creation of How its done!

Posted by Mark on Thursday, 10.27.11 @ 23:39pm


DONNA SUMMER! This should be her year for induction! GO DONNA!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Tuesday, 11.1.11 @ 10:29am


I came across this site when I was watching and listening to Donna Summer videos. If I could choose one and only one performer to provide the soundtrack for 1975-1979, the Disco Era, it would be Donna Summer. She and her music defined the era, I believe. There was plenty of great music from that period, and many great performers who made memorable contributions, but Donna Summer was the one that was absolutely essential. I believe one of the tests of the quality of music is how it ages. Many songs or performers can chart high at the time, but when you listen to it ten, twenty, or thirty years later, the music sounds completely dated, not something you would consider listening to now. I believe Donna Summer's music sounds as great today as it did then. If anyone is inducted into the Rock n Roll hall of fame from that time period, it would have to be her before anyone else.

Posted by Scott D on Saturday, 11.26.11 @ 03:15am


I am waiting with baited breath on the final inductions this coming Wednesday, December, 7th 2011. I am rooting for DONNA SUMMER!!!!!!!!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Monday, 12.5.11 @ 10:51am


Donna S unfortunately did not get in this time but I am sure that she will in the future. She still performs and puts out great recordings>her legacy to any genre of music is immense and has not been forgotten even though major hits have been elusive for several years. I was rooting for her as well but her time in the HOF will come. We have to keep the faith

Posted by Dave on Wednesday, 12.7.11 @ 16:52pm


Wow, another disappointing year. Donna was the recipient of the first Grammy awarded for Rock-Female for "Hot Stuff". "I Feel Love" has been covered by many groups, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blondie and Blue Man Group. "She Works Hard for the Money" was one of the first videos by a black female artist played on MTV. "Protection" was a song penned espeically for Donna by Bruce Springsteen. Heart covered her song "The Woman in Me." She's reportedly sold over 125 million records world-wide and is the only artist in history to have three double albums go to number 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. She's won four Grammys (but was nominated for many more) and ranks in the top 50 artists in combined sales/airplay. Her music paved the way for the likes of Madonna (for good or bad) and Janet Jackson. What are they waiting for?

Posted by Paul on Thursday, 12.8.11 @ 15:30pm


Great article summarizing Donna Summer's qualifications for the Rock Hall can be found here: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/152354-shes-a-wanderer-ten-reasons-why-donna-summer-belongs-in-the-rrhof

Posted by Paul on Wednesday, 12.14.11 @ 11:45am


What kinda ticks me off is that in the last two years, the only women to be inducted are Darlene Love and Laura Nyro yet their careers combined don't even compare to Donna Summer's. Talk about influence and innovation, Donna's got them in spades and quite frankly trumps them both. Commercial success, not even a question. Donna Summer is objectively the greater artist and a bigger cog in the rock and roll machine than the other two, and yet she's the one on the outside looking in.

Posted by rockstar23 on Tuesday, 12.27.11 @ 10:48am


Donna Summer is a gift from God to the world. God is the Rock, Donna is the Roll. He set her to roll....And I've been rolling with her since I was ten. All Divas should be paying her tribute. Barbra should consider it a great honor to have sung with her. I love how she, in her humility, says how she was influenced by Mahalia, Aretha, Barbra, and Judy Garland. Only those huge egocentric people do not dare recognize how they've been influenced by Donna. Ever wonder why Whitney or Mariah never dared cover Mc Arthur's Park? Come on, people, Donna deserves it. She has made the world move to her music. It's amazing what God can do through the voice of a person. And Donna has always said that her voice is a gift from God, a power never to be abused. She's been so faithful to that God given power. Rock and Roll wouldn't make sense without her.

Posted by Gerry on Tuesday, 01.10.12 @ 19:24pm


... you think it's Aretha's ego stopping her from makiing her influence from Donna unknown?

1: Aretha was working more than adecade before Donna started.
2: i doubt Aretha listened to disco music as it is.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 01.11.12 @ 11:18am


DONNA SUMMER!!!! ALL THE WAY!! In 2013 she will get in and she will be the STAR attraction!!!!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Wednesday, 03.7.12 @ 15:53pm


sorry to burst your bubble, but a certain band called nirvana are getting in that year and they are definetly having the spotlight.

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 03.7.12 @ 17:08pm


Induct this lady already! She was a trendsetter and influenced the disco movement. Donna wrote her own material and she was and is awesome!

Posted by MUSICFAN77 on Wednesday, 05.9.12 @ 16:47pm


Woah. Did not expect this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2145891/Queen-disco-Donna-Summer-dead-63-cancer-battle.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 05.17.12 @ 12:01pm


RIP, disco queen.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 05.17.12 @ 12:34pm


Wow 3 in a few days! Very sad RIP,,

Posted by Happy on Thursday, 05.17.12 @ 14:17pm


Thank you for the joy that you brought to the world through your music, Donna Summer. You will be missed!

Posted by Paul on Thursday, 05.17.12 @ 14:48pm


Wow, such sad news, RIP Donna.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Thursday, 05.17.12 @ 15:09pm


Rest in peace. You deserve the induction that has eluded you in life.

Posted by Joe on Thursday, 05.17.12 @ 19:19pm


For Queen of Disco Donna Summer, rest in peace, here's my all-time favorite song by her that I first heard as an instrumental piece preceding the 1983 Formula One Detroit Grand Prix...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TKQcWEXSKU

8-)



Posted by Rick Vendl II on Thursday, 05.17.12 @ 20:27pm


Donna should have gotten Laura Nyro's spot. Laura should have gotten as a writer, since that was where she had her biggest impact.

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 05.17.12 @ 21:48pm



Donna wrote songs...AND recorded HIT RECORDS. She should have gotten in....as a PERFORMER.

Posted by Bill G. on Thursday, 05.17.12 @ 21:52pm


HUGE shock. Such a tragic loss!

RIP Disco Queen

This just makes her being passed over such lesser acts as Darlene Love and Laura Nyro all the more infuriating.

I'm sure she'll finally be inducted this year and will be a little too little too late. She won't get to experience the induction she has long deserved!

Posted by rockstar23 on Thursday, 05.17.12 @ 22:15pm


For those of you who only know Donna Summer's hits, you might want to check out the synth suites on "Once Upon A Time" (Now I Need You/Working the Midnight Shift/Queen for a Day) and "Bad Girls" (Our Love/Lucky/Sunset People), all from the Casablanca years. You will definitely see where all of the 80's synth and new wave bands got their ideas.

Posted by Paul on Friday, 05.18.12 @ 09:42am


Donna definitely deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just not before her former labelmates KISS

Posted by Jason on Friday, 05.18.12 @ 11:22am


R.I.P. Donna Summer, you will be missed & damn the HOF for dragging thier asses and snubbing you for inducting you in.

Posted by al on Saturday, 05.19.12 @ 00:36am


This is what I wrote on the 2012 Nominations thread several months back:


"Donna Summer is deserving, but the case is not overwhelming. I was very surprised to realize that she only had one platinum-certified studio album (Bad Girls). She had a lot of help from the songwriting of Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte among others that somewhat dilutes the songwriting credits she has in co-writing Bad Girls, On The Radio, I Feel Love and She Works Hard For the Money, etc. (Is I Feel Love influential based on its lyrics or Moroder's electronic contributions?). Of her four number ones, she only has a songwriting credit on Bad Girls. Still she has enough of a songwriting presence and has to be credited with the innovative nature of the music she put out. All in all I would say she was innovative enough and successful enough to be a reasonable choice."

----------------------------------------
So unsentimentally I thought she was a reasonable candidate. The one thing I would add or amend is that a lot of the 70s disco acts like Summer or Boney M were very producer driven. The involvement of Moroder and Bellotte in Summer's music was tremendous. Moroder/Bellotte met Summer and thought she would be a good conduit for their musical ideas. So I guess I have a second thought about how much credit Summer deserves for working with Moroder when it was Moroder and Bellotte who basically selected her and gave Summer her career. The things we find innovative in Summer's music were really Moroder's ideas and songwriting contributions.

Posted by astrodog on Saturday, 05.19.12 @ 04:12am


R.I.P., Donna. It's too bad that she won't be physically present for any HOF induction, but she will be watching in her own way.

Posted by JR on Saturday, 05.19.12 @ 12:54pm


Dim All The Lights.... Rest In Peace, Donna.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 05.19.12 @ 14:10pm


I knew nothing of Donna Summer's battle with cancer until I learned of her death. R.I.P., the Queen of Disco. Truly a magnificent talent who will be missed by many.

Posted by Zach on Saturday, 05.19.12 @ 20:34pm


I thought I'd post a link to this article where Elton John slammed the RRHOF for not having inducted Donna Summer already. Interesting comments from Sir Elton. I agree with him on Summer 100%.

http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=729396&affid=100055

Posted by Zach on Thursday, 05.24.12 @ 20:14pm


Way before gloria!

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 05.26.12 @ 11:17am


My heart has been so very heavy since donna passed away. I feel like a lost a lifelong friend...I am so thankful to have met her on a couple of occassion including talking to her on national TV. Rest in Peace "angel on my radio."

Posted by Darrell Russ on Friday, 06.1.12 @ 13:42pm


It saddens me that Donna was nominated 5 times and still denied induction while she was alive. The Rock Hall apologized. Well, now is time to put action where words exist. She won the first Grammy in Rock (female) and her body of work clearly shows she deserves induction!

Posted by Kariann Hart on Thursday, 10.4.12 @ 10:16am


If they have all these disco acts in already they might as well go ahead and put in a good one.

Her death afforded her consideration and to my mind induction this year because she is a Black Woman Disco Darling. The same consideration wasn't given to Ronnie James Dio when he died of cancer because he was a White man who dared to be a metal artist.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 16:01pm


Neckbeard, some of your early comments were good but now you are just trolling by playing the race card.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 16:04pm


Neckbeard, wake up. Were you sleeping when they inducted Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Abba, Laura Nyro, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Parliament, Santana, The Bee Gees, the Allman Brothers, Dusty Springfield, et al? You need to accept the fact that the Rock Hall defineds "rock" as all forms of contemporary music and not just one narrow area. Resistance is futile...it will never be the "Hard" Rock Hall of Fame. It never has been.

Posted by Paul on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 17:10pm


Ha, go read what I said about Sepultura and Thin Lizzy if you think I'm such a bigot. And yeah, I'd put Donna Summer in because she rules.

Posted by Neckbeard on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 19:04pm


"There is absolutely no doubt that the extraordinary Donna Summer belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," Jon Landau, the chairman of the nominating committee, told the New York Times. "Regrettably, despite being nominated on a number of occasions, our voting group has failed to recognize her -- an error I can only hope is finally and permanently rectified next year."[BillBoard]

Let's hope the members recall Mr. Landau's words. Donna would have loved to be there for her Induction. Now, she's gone. What a shame...

Posted by Kariann1 on Thursday, 10.11.12 @ 14:25pm


I hope the voting group also remembers Mr. Landau's comments as well!

Donna rules!!!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Monday, 10.15.12 @ 15:09pm


Donna Summer has contributed more to music than most artist do. Why we should use the "Queen of Disco" title as reason for not inducting her into the rock and roll hall of fame, is beyond me. Do people really know where rock and roll originated ? Why do we think it's white guys with guitars ? ... Regardless of what people know, the truth about Donna was she was the most versatile female vocalist I can think of, and the best pop singer ever ! She started in a rock band, went across the ocean to broadway... and returned to America changing the face of pop music forever. Anyone who calls her, just a disco queen ..doesn't know her music at all ! Her music from the 80's is so awesome and forward, but because it wasn't commercially successful not as well know as some of her other music. She sold 180 million records world wide (130albums/50million single). Madonna and Aretha are all ready in the hall of fame... for all the arguments about Donna not being a rock artist...what would we call these ladies ?? She was also one of the first female artist to bring a real show to her concerts (with sets and staging). Her voice defined a generation...Her inclusion in the R&RHOF is long overdue !

Posted by highground on Saturday, 11.3.12 @ 12:00pm


I think it would be great if she gets IN

Posted by Happy on Friday, 11.9.12 @ 11:28am


An induction would be real great but bittersweet. She's predicted to be a shoo-in though.

Posted by Tim on Saturday, 11.17.12 @ 12:17pm


If there is a tribute performance, who will perform and what song?

Posted by Johnny on Saturday, 11.24.12 @ 21:12pm


I could see Chic doing the tribute with a current artist like Beyonce. Or if they can't have her...Kelly Rowland?

Posted by rockstar23 on Saturday, 11.24.12 @ 21:39pm


I would love to see a tribute to Donna at the induction ceremony but I doubt they would do anything like that. I just hope they finally induct her and that she gets her propers. She worked hard for her money and it is about time they treat her right!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Thursday, 12.6.12 @ 15:43pm


Who should give the induction speech for Donna Summer, a predecessor, a contemporary, or a follower? It should be a woman! The candidates: Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Beyonce, Pink, Christina Aguilera?

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 10:16am


Who should give the induction speech for Donna Summer, a predecessor, a contemporary, or a follower? It should be a woman! The candidates: Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Madonna, Beyonce, Pink, Christina Aguilera?

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 10:17am


Alicia Keyes could give the speech and perform as well. I think her voice would be the best fit for Donna Summer's music. If not Alicia Keyes, then Beyonce or Pink.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 10:25am


If a man inducts her, I will say Elton John.

Posted by Johnny on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 10:29am


I was gonna say Elton... he was the biggest cheerleader as far as a Donna Summer induction goes and the most upset she wasn't in. When a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee disses your entire organization for not inducting a legend when they should've, you listen.

Posted by Tim on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 10:38am


Barbra Streisand, Stephanie Mills and Jody Watley have all added Summer songs to their sets in concert this year. Amy Grant was a close friend. Adam Lambert, Kristine W., Ultra Nate and Scissor Sisters are rabid fans. And Elton was her biggest cheerleader for Rock Hall induction. Debbie Harry, Patti Labelle or Aretha would be great, too. However, my pick to induct Ms. Summer is Giorgio Moroder. The are inextricably joined at the hip, musically speaking, and it is their long-time partnership that is really being honored by the Hall.

Posted by Paul on Tuesday, 12.11.12 @ 11:56am


I would say that Beyonce or Jennifer Hudson would likely be chosen to induct and perform for Donna Summer. Either one of the two would be great.

Posted by Greg F on Tuesday, 12.18.12 @ 19:22pm


Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will perform in honor of Donna Summer, but it is still not clear who will give the induction speech. I will have to check Elton John's tour schedule for this year.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.23.13 @ 08:27am


Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will induct and perform for Donna Summer.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 01.23.13 @ 12:52pm


They should just get Nile Rodgers to give the induction speech for Donna Summer.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 03.26.13 @ 15:00pm


That's not a bad idea at all, Roy.

Posted by DarinRG on Tuesday, 03.26.13 @ 15:56pm


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/giorgio-moroder-daft-punks-new-album-is-a-step-forward-for-dance-music-20130403#ixzz2PUFp6vIv

Maybe it will actually be Giorgio Moroder who gives the induction speech for Donna Summer.

Giorgio Moroder: Daft Punk's New Album Is 'A Step Forward' for Dance Music
Italian producer kicks off new video series

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 04.4.13 @ 05:56am


Kelly Rowland inducts Donna Summer.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 04.19.13 @ 00:40am


Congratuations DONNA SUMMER! I wish you would have gotten this honor before cancer took you form us. I love you always!

Posted by Darrell Russ on Monday, 06.3.13 @ 15:57pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49UxMBSpOYI

Kelly Rowland inducts Donna Summer

Posted by Roy on Monday, 07.8.13 @ 07:11am


ARTISTS WHO WERE INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AND THE HIT PARADE HALL OF FAME IN THE SAME YEAR:

01. 2010 - ABBA
02. 2013 - Donna Summer

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.25.14 @ 22:35pm


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