Donna Summer – Dim All The Lights (1979)

This is just one of the many great songs you’d hear on The Beat Chicago. 

There’s enough stations playing rock n’ roll classics and the same 80’s songs from Bon Jovi, Journey, John Cougar, Elton John all day long and that’s all cool but, when you want something completely different?  When you want everything from Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Spinners to Stevie B, C+C Music Factory and more of the music that keeps you movin?  We’re it.

See, we’re all about the classics too… Classic R&B and dance of the ’60s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, freestyle and more.   For us, it’s not about how old a song is, it’s about how good it is and this is as good as it gets.

donna summer black and white pictureU.S. Dance Music Hall of Fame icon Donna Summer was born in Boston in 1948.  This amazingly talented artist more than just a ‘disco’ artist.  She started in church, wound up on stage with the German production of the musical “Hair” and would graduate to a master entertainer in her elaborate TV specials and concerts.

This 1979 hit came from the “Bad Girls” album that lit up the charts throughout the year with one hit after another.  The song also gave Summer a Grammy Award. for best female R&B performance that year.  It was a big year for her that also saw her open as the first concert at the (then) new Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville IN. (now gone).  She was on tour promoting her new album “The Wanderer” which would be her last collaboration with super producer, Giorgio Moroder.


Summer earned a total of 42 hit singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top ten. She claimed a top 40 hit every year between 1975 and 1984, and from her first top ten hit in 1976 to the end of 1982, she had 12 top ten hits (10 were top five hits), more than any other act during that time period.

She returned to the Hot 100’s top five in 1983, and claimed her final top ten hit in 1989 with “This Time I Know It’s for Real”. Her most recent Hot 100 hit came in 1999 with “I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro)”.

Donna always had theater in her heart, Fairy Tale High, Once Upon A Time were all theater concepts created by her along with others.  In 2019, the Donna Summer Musical began casting and will be here in Chicago in 2020.  CLICK HERE for details.

The wonderful spirit passed away to our surprise May 17, 2012, from lung cancer at her home in Naples, Florida.

In her obituary in The Times, she was described as the “undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom” who reached the status of “one of the world’s leading female singers.”

Giorgio Moroder described Summer’s work with him on the song “I Feel Love” as “really the start of electronic dance” music.

In 2013, Summer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.