Donna Summer is regarded as the Queen of Disco and when you hear the word disco and think of singles almost synonymous with the word she comes to mind. She was influenced early on by Janis Joplin. In addition to her, The Supremes influenced her, which was lead by Diana Ross who eventually went also into disco.
She was the first black to win a Grammy in the rock category and the first to win in the female category. Her songwriting style and provocative nature connected with those on the dance floor and discos. She wasn't afraid to take risks and allowed others to take risks lyrically speaking with sexually charged lyrics. With the single 'I Feel Love', produced by Giorgio Moroder, it brought her to the forefront. Brian Eno declared when he heard the song 'this is the sound of the future'. Giorgio Moroder who came from the world of electronic music and brought that style to the productions of Donna's. Many singers who are now legends in their own right like Whitney Houston, Madonna and Britney Spears have covered this song.
Donna wrote many hits, which included Love To Love You Baby, which was a #2 on Billboard and the album that it was on sold platinum. Though some originally didn't want to play it because of it's groans and moans. Donna as a pop star that was black influenced many artists who came after her like Whitney Houston and Beyonce. Also with disco and the dance elements in her music she in turn influenced many others like Britney Spears, Ke$ha and Lady Gaga who have taken from that same dance style in their music.
Donna Summer is a legend and as a listener I enjoyed listening to her she has a great voice and as a student of music I like hearing from different eras including disco.