Summer's music was everywhere in the late seventies, so if anybody who was around at the time doesn't remember who she was, he or she is either a liar or was living in a cave:
LaDonna Adrian Gaines was born on Dec. 31, 1948, and raised in the Boston area. She learned to sing in church in a gospel choir and as a teenager performed in a short-lived psychedelic rock group called the Crow. After high school, she moved to New York and soon landed a role in a German production of “Hair.”
It was in Europe, while Ms. Summer was working as a studio vocalist, that she met Mr. Moroder and Pete Bellotte, another producer. Collaborating with them, she recorded “Love to Love You Baby,” the 17-minute long single released in 1975 that became a major disco hit and by year’s end had crossed over to the pop and R&B charts as well. The song, on which she moaned and sang in a breathy, seductive voice, skyrocketed her career.
She went on to record 19 No. 1 dance hits from 1975 to 2008, a record she shares with Madonna. Ms. Summer’s albums also sold millions of copies. She was the only artist to have three consecutive double-LPs rise to the top spot on the albums chart with “Live and More,” “Bad Girls” and “On the Radio: Greatest Hits: Volumes I and II.”
"She Works Hard for the Money" live at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2009: