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Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer made the cut. The newly announced class of 2013 will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18 in at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, “I Feel Love” fused Summer’s breathy, ethereal vocals with a hard, driving synthesizer pulse. Few tracks can lay claim to altering the course of popular music, but the reverberations of “I Feel Love” could be felt in the electro, house and techno that followed in the 1980s and beyond. “It’s basically the blueprint for all electronic music that came after it,” said Peter Shapiro, author of Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco…“It came out in 1977, the same year that [Kraftwerk’s] ‘Trans-Europe Express’ came out, the year that Parliament did ‘Flashlight.’ To me, those are the three great synth tracks.”
“I don’t want to be billed as a disco queen. Disco is going to die sooner or later,” Amii says, matter-of-factly. Besides, she adds: “I am a total artist.
more, from a July 1979 interview.
How do you feel your background singing in a choir helped you as a pop vocalist?
Donna Summer: The thing about gospel is being true, being honest. It’s warm. It warms up everything.
“ The fondest memory I have is hanging out at Studio 54 with friends, coming home at 4am, sleeping all day and starting again. You had to look beautiful, 54 was for beautiful people, but it was ugly too. I wasn’t accomplishing anything. By 1982, I was on such a bad trip with drugs and alcohol that I knew I wouldn’t be around much longer if I kept it up. I stopped drinking and doing drugs and started praying and asking the Lord to re-establish me. I stopped singing secular songs, too. I blamed them for a long time, I thought they were the reason I’d lost God. People said they would love me to sing ‘Young Hearts Run Free,’ but I wasn’t ready. It took twenty years before I could sing those songs again.”