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“Queen of Disco” and Dorchester-local Donna Summer launched her solo career, after bouts in musical theater and local bands, in 1974. Although American, Summers career started off in Europe after touring with US musical production companies in Germany, with her first success to make its way across the pond being “Love to Love You”, reaching #2 on the Billboard Top 100. Her second single “I Feel Love” came from her third concept album, I Remember Yesterday, and its electronic sounds and popularized synthesizers set to a dance beat wear revolutionary for the time. With her seventh studio album, Summer began to stray from her disco roots and created Bad Girls, a rock, funk, blues collection of tracks.

The 1980’s provided Donna Summer with a new direction to drive her career into, under the management of Geffen Records, guiding her into the footsteps of female rock artists like Blondie and Pat Benetar. She became the first black woman to be played in heavy rotation on MTV after the release of “She Works Her for the Money” and “Unconditional Love” and was a major female pop star in her era.

In 2008, Summer released Crayons, her first album in fourteen years. Made over the period of two years and with the help of several other singer-songwriters, Crayons debuted at #5 in the Top R&B 100. Summer is following up her Crayons tour with a summer concert series, coming to Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion August 27th.