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Richmond native’s memories of the great Donna Summer

on May 15, 2012

Donna Summer hit the music chart with the song “Love To Love You” in the mid 1970s.

It was a sensuous sound that we had not heard since the late Silvia’s song “Pillow Talk.”

Terry Lynn, a Richmond native, conveyed her fanship to Donna Summer as a person of unique style and class.

I saw a profile on Donna Summer on ABC’s 20/20 at the time of her Disco reign in the mid 1970s.

There the history of her eastern upbringing and entertainment career of stage shows such as The musical “HAIR!” I worked at the then-Oakland Coliseum for nearly 30 years, where I saw a Donna Summer show that was spectacular. It was the first show that I experienced the gay community’s overwhelming  support of the Disco Diva.

Over the years Donna Summer would be popular in the dance charts with songs like “She Works Hard For The Money.”

Donna Summer was produced by Quincy Jones in a production along with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Loggins, Dionne Warwick and a few more in that musical ensemble.

In the early 1980s, I photographed these images of Donna Summer at the then-Concord Pavillion.

Donna Summer’s legacy will live on the airwaves and cyberspace for years to come.

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