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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.
By United Press International
Dozens of celebrities take their final bows in 2012

Dozens of celebrities take their final bows in 2012

The entertainment world mourned the loss of numerous titans and dozens of supporting players this year.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Elections, Olympics and economic concerns top stories of 2012

Elections, Olympics and economic concerns top stories of 2012

U.S. politics, the London Olympics, economic developments in the United States and Europe and the unrest in the Arab world topped the news in 2012.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
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Heart, Rush set for Rock Hall of Fame induction

Heart, Rush set for Rock Hall of Fame induction

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush and Donna Summer will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a Los Angeles ceremony.
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Hilson, Bedingfield join 'Divas' lineup

Hilson, Bedingfield join 'Divas' lineup

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Natasha Bedingfield, Keri Hilson, Ledisi, Iggy Azalea and Bootsy Collins are to perform at this month's "Divas Live!" concert in Los Angeles, VH1 said.
Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull join 'VH1 Divas' lineup

Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull join 'VH1 Divas' lineup

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Kelly Clarkson, Melanie Fiona, Metric and Pitbull have joined the lineup for next month's "VH1 Divas" concert in Los Angeles, organizers said.
Ciara, Cyrus, Lovato set for Divas show

Ciara, Cyrus, Lovato set for Divas show

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Next month's Divas Dance Party will feature performances by Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Jordin Sparks, America's VH1 network announced.
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Donna Summer up for Rock Hall honor

Donna Summer up for Rock Hall honor

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The late U.S. disco queen Donna Summer has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, organizers said Thursday.
Funeral held in Nashville for Donna Summer

Funeral held in Nashville for Donna Summer

NASHVILLE, May 23 (UPI) -- Donna Summer's friends and family gathered at a Nashville church Wednesday for the music icon's private funeral.
Nashville memorial planned for Donna Summer

Nashville memorial planned for Donna Summer

NASHVILLE, May 18 (UPI) -- Donna Summer's family says a private memorial service for the disco music icon is being planned for next week in her adopted home of Nashville.
'Disco Queen' Donna Summer dead at 63

'Disco Queen' Donna Summer dead at 63

MIAMI, May 17 (UPI) -- Disco music icon Donna Summer died in Florida Thursday after a private battle with cancer, TMZ reported. She was 63.
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Donna Summer performs in concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on May 17, 2009. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
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LaDonna Adrian Gaines (born December 31, 1948), known by her stage name, Donna Summer, is an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. Summer is a five time Grammy winner and was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart. She also charted four number-one singles in the US within a thirteen-month period and has sold and estimated 130 million albums and singles worldwide.

Born on New Year's Eve 1948 in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Summer was one of seven children raised by devout Christian parents. Influenced by Mahalia Jackson, Summer began singing in the church at a young age. In her teens, she formed several musical groups including one with her sister and a cousin, imitating Motown girl groups such as The Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas in Boston.

In the late 1960s, Summer was influenced by Janis Joplin after listening to her albums as member of Big Brother and the Holding Company, and joined the psychedelic rock group the Crow as lead singer. Beforehand, Summer dropped out of school convinced that music was her way out of Boston, where she had always felt herself to be an outsider, even among her own family who ridiculed her for her voice and her looks. The group was short-lived, as they split upon their arrival in New York. In 1968, Summer auditioned for a role in the Broadway musical, Hair. She lost the part of Sheila to Melba Moore. When the musical moved to Europe, Summer was offered the role. She took it and moved to Germany for several years. While in Germany, she participated in the musicals Godspell and Show Boat. After settling in Munich, she began performing in several ensembles including the Viennese Folk Opera and even sang as a member of the pop group FamilyTree – "invented" and created by the German music producer Guenter "Yogi" Lauke & the Munich Machine. She came to the group in 1973 and toured with the 11-people pop group throughout Europe. She also sang as a studio session singer and in theaters. In 1971, while still using her birth name Donna Gaines, she released her first single, a cover of "Sally Go 'Round the Roses", though it was not a hit. In 1972, she married Austrian actor Helmuth Sommer and gave birth to their daughter Mimi Sommer in 1973. Citing marital problems caused by his frequent absences, she divorced him but kept his last name, changing the "o" to a "u".

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