Tonight! Donna Summer Makes for a Hot Night at Hard Rock Live

Tonight! Donna Summer Makes for a Hot Night at Hard Rock Live

What other tune better baited disco devotees with the promise of pure nocturnal desire than Donna Summer's

throbbing orgasmic anthem "Love to Love You Baby"? Trained as an opera

singer but born again as a daringly sensual diva, Summer hit her stride

after partnering with producer Giorgio Moroder and creating a steady succession of radio staples that nurtured her career from the mid-'70s through the early '80s.

The combination of her sultry style and Moroder's atmospheric

arrangements oozed sex and seduction on hits that extended well beyond

the dance floor, like "I Feel Love," "Bad Girl," "On the Radio," "MacArthur Park,"

and her tour de force, "Last Dance." To her credit, Summer's albums

reflected a thoughtful, sophisticated stance that helped her win

converts across the board. From the rock-steady pulse of "Hot Stuff" and

the heady R&B imbued in her album The Wanderer to an unlikely duet with Barbra Streisand

titled "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," her outreach distanced her

from the competition. Summer redefined herself yet again with the

R&B strut of "She Works Hard for the Money," a feminist anthem that

brought her back to the airwaves once more. Forever iconic, more than 30

years on, Summer is still a star for all seasons.

Donna Summer, 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 18, at Hard Rock Live, 5747

Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $50 to $90. Call 800-745-3000, or click here.

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