On the Radio by Donna Summer (2012-08-08)
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LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), widely known by her stage name based on her married name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist in history to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the United States Billboard 200 chart and charted four number-one singles in the US within a 12-month period. Summer has reportedly sold over 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. She also charted two number-one singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in the US and a number-one single in the United Kingdom. Summer earned a total of 42 hit singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top-ten. She claimed a top 40 hit every year between 1975 and 1984, and from her first top-ten hit in 1976, to the end of 1982, she had 12 top-ten hits (10 were top-five hits), more than any other act during that time period. She returned to the Hot 100's top-five in 1983, and claimed her final top-ten hit in 1989 with "This Time I Know It's for Real". Her most recent Hot 100 hit came in 1999 with "I Will Go with You (Con te partirò)". While her fortunes on the Hot 100 waned through those decades, Summer remained a force on the US Dance Club Songs chart over her entire career.
- Date First Available : January 3, 2017
- ASIN : B01G4DPMRC
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Trust me, you don't have to have lived through the 70s to appreciate how great these songs were and still are, not to mention how versatile and timeless Donna Summer's voice will always be. It's true she left us in 2012 but thanks to this collection she will always be remembered. For some Donna was Disco, but anyone who truly listened to her music knows she was So Much More! I highly recommend that your make "On The Radio" a part of your collection Today.
Oh, in case you weren't aware of it, the majority of this recording was put together with a "disco" feel by weaving most of the songs together one right after another in a way that allows them to be played in a nearly endless stream one after another. I can only guess that this was done in celebration of us "old disco lovers" so that we can still get up on the floor and dance.
About the only reason I would think of not giving this prime example of disco would be if you simply cannot stand disco in any form, or your religion absolutely prohibits listening to it. Otherwise, you are missing out on some real good music by passing up this fine collection. It does stop in early 1980, so you are not going to find songs such as The Wanderer, Who Do You Think You Are Fooling, Finger on the Trigger, She Works Hard for the Money, There Goes My Baby, or This Time I Know It's For Real. All of those songs were released later. But, you will find gems like Last Dance, I Feel Love, Bad Girls, McArthur Park (not the 15 minute suite, just the song itself), Heaven Knows, No More Tears, and On The Radio.