With the news of the tragic passing of Donna Summer, we thought we would take a look back at the great music she put out in the 80s. The Disco Queen was one of the few performers who made the successful transition from the 70s disco scene into the new wave and rock sounds of the early 80s.
Her first big hit of the 80s was On the Radio, which was one of her last Disco hits. The track was a new song that was included on her Greatest Hits album released in October of ’79 :
Her transition from Disco over to the 80s New Wave sound can really be heard with the release of her album, The Wanderer, in 1980. Here is the title track from the album, which peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 :
Her next release, the self titled “Donna Summer” album, had a top ten hit with the single Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger):
Her biggest album of the decade was released in June, 1983. The album She Works Hard for the Money went all the way to #9 on the Billboard album charts . The title track became a huge hit with a #3 peak on the Hot 100, while also spending three weeks at #1 on the R&B chart.
Her next several albums did not do as well, but she made a comeback in 1989 with the dance oriented album Another Place and Time. The songs on the album were written and produced by the British Stock, Aitken, & Waterman team. The S/A/W team had been scoring huge hits with acts like Bananarama, Dead or Alive, and Rick Astley. This Time I Know It’s for Real was first single from the album and made it to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100: