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The Fresh Air Interview: 'Queen of Disco' Donna Summer

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The Fresh Air Interview: 'Queen of Disco' Donna Summer

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The Fresh Air Interview: 'Queen of Disco' Donna Summer

The Fresh Air Interview: 'Queen of Disco' Donna Summer

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Summer grew up singing gospel in church choirs in Boston and, in her teens, joined the German cast of Hair. While abroad she recorded Love to Love You Baby, which became a huge hit. She returned to the United States a disco star. Her other hits include Bad Girls and Hot Stuff. She's written a new memoir about life in the disco spotlight called Ordinary Girl.