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Diana Ross - 100% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 March 1944, Detroit, Michigan, USA. While still in high school Ross became the fourth and final member of the Primettes, who recorded for Lu-Pine in 1960, signed to Motown Records in 1961 and then changed their name to the Supremes. She was a backing vocalist on the group’s early releases, until Motown boss Berry Gordy insisted that she become their lead singer, a r Read more

The Pointer Sisters - 64% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Dance Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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These four sisters, Anita (23 January 1948), Bonnie (b. 11 July 1951), Ruth (b. 19 March 1946) and June (b. 30 November 1953, East Oakland California, USA, d. 11 April 2006, Santa Monica, California, USA), were all born and raised in East Oakland, California, USA, and first sang together in the West Oakland Church of God where their parents were ministers. Despite their fami Read more

Chaka Khan - 57% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Disco Funk Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Yvette Marie Stevens, 23 March 1953, Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Illinois, USA. Having sung with several Chicago club bands, including Lyfe, Lock And Chains and Baby Huey And The Babysitters, Chaka Khan became acquainted with Ask Rufus, a group formed from the remnants of hit group the American Breed. When Khan replaced original singer Paulette McWilliams, the line-u Read more

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Bananarama - 55% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in London, England in 1980, this all-female pop trio originally comprised Keren Woodward (2 April 1961, Bristol, England), Sarah Dallin (b. 17 December 1961, Bristol, England) and Siobhan Fahey (b. Siobhan Marie Fahey, 10 September 1958, Dublin, Eire). After singing impromptu at various parties and pubs in London, the trio was recorded by former Sex Pistols drummer Pa Read more

Sylvester - 54% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Dance Disco Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sylvester James, 6 September 1947, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 12 June 1988. Having moved to San Francisco in 1967, James joined the Cockettes, an androgynous theatrical group with whom he made his debut on New Year’s Eve 1970. He subsequently pursed a career as ‘Ruby Blue’ before putting together the Hot Band with James Q. Smith (guitar), Bobby Blood (tr Read more

Grace Jones - 53% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Grace Mendoza, 19 May 1948, Spanish Town, Jamaica, West Indies (1952 and 1954 have also been listed as her year of birth). Six feet of style, looks and attitude, Jones moved to New York City in 1964, then became a successful Paris model, appearing on the covers of Vogue, Elle and Der Stern. After a flirtation with acting, she made some unexceptional disco records that sold o Read more

Jody Watley - 52% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 January 1959, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Formerly one third of Shalamar between 1977 and 1984, a hugely successful group of the disco era, Watley’s first professional experience had come as a dancer on the television show Soul Train. After Shalamar disbanded she made the progression to solo artist, working in a contemporary soul/urban R&B vein. Her self-titled debut Read more

Cher - 51% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Dance Folk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Cherilyn Sarkisian La Pierre, 20 May 1946, El Centro, California, USA. Cher began working as a session singer in an attempt to finance an acting career. She recorded with producer Phil Spector as a backing vocalist, having become romantically attached to his studio assistant and PR man Sonny Bono. After releasing two singles under the name Caesar And Cleo, the duo then achie Read more

Gloria Gaynor - 49% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Christian & Gospel Disco Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Gloria Fowles, 7 September 1949, Newark, New Jersey, USA. The ‘Queen Of The Discotheques’ spent several years struggling on the east coast circuit prior to finding success. A 1965 single, produced by Johnny Nash, preceded her spell as a member of the Soul Satisfiers. Gaynor was discovered singing in a Manhattan nightclub by her future manager, Jay Ellis. He teamed Read more

Hazell Dean - 48% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Dance Disco Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s
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Paula Abdul - 45% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 June 1962, San Fernando, California, USA. After spending much of her childhood in dance schools and troupes, Paula Abdul secured a role in the L.A. Lakers basketball cheerleaders team and at 17 became their choreographer. Spotted by the Jacksons, she was employed to assist them on dance routines for their live dates on the Victory tour. Abdul’s big break came when sh Read more

Sister Sledge - 45% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Disco R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Debra (9 July 1954), Joan (b. 13 September 1956), Kim (b. 21 August 1957) and Kathy Sledge (b. 6 January 1959) were all born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. They started their recording career on the Money Back label with 1971’s ‘Time Will Tell’. A short time working as backing singers followed before the quartet enjoyed a series of minor R& Read more

Janet Jackson - 44% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Dance Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Janet Damita Jo Jackson, 16 May 1966, Gary, Indiana, USA. Jackson was the youngest of the nine children in the family that produced the Jackson Five (including Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson and LaToya Jackson). When she was four years old, the family moved to the Los Angeles area; three years later she made her performing debut in Las Vegas with her brothers. At the age Read more

Olivia Newton-John - 44% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Children's Music Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 September 1948, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. Newton-John’s father was a professor of German at King’s College who, in 1953, accepted the position of dean at Ormond College in Melbourne, Australia. Olivia’s showbusiness career began when she won a local contest to find ‘the girl who looked most like Hayley Mills’ in 1960. At the age of 14 sh Read more

Chic - 43% match to Donna Summer

Genres: Dance Disco Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Probably the band of the disco generation, Chic was built around Nile Rodgers (19 September 1952, New York, USA; guitar) and Bernard Edwards (b. 31 October 1952, Greenville, North Carolina, USA, d. 18 April 1996, Tokyo, Japan; bass). During the 60s Rodgers had played in a rock group, New World Rising, before joining the Apollo Theatre house band. Edwards had played with seve Read more


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