Love to Love You Baby Donna Summer
Song Title: Love to Love You Baby
Artist: Donna Summer
Date of release: June 1975 in the Netherlands, Worldwide on the 26th of November 1975
Description: ” Love to Love You Baby ” is by Donna Summer ( LaDonna Adrian Gaines ), who was an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, Donna is best known for her music during the disco era of the late 70s.
During her career she won five Grammy Awards and was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach the top of the Billboard 200 Chart and four Number One’s on the billboard hot 100 Chart within a year. She also acheived 2 Number One singles on the billboard R&B Chart and one chart topper in the United Kingdom. Donna has sold in excess of 130 million records, which puts her on the best-selling artists of all time list.
On the 17th of May 2012, Donna died at her home in Naples, Florida, she was 63. The cause was lung cancer believed to be the result of inhaling toxic fumes and dust after the Twin Towers in New York were brought down by terrorists on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
” Love to Love You Baby ” was written by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Giorgio is an Italian singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer. He is considered by many to be a pioneer of Italo disco and electronic dance music.
He has worked with many artists including David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, Irene Cara, Janet Jackson and Blondie. Giorgio has said that the work of which he is most proud is ” Take My Breath Away ” a Billboard Hot 100 Chart Number One by Berlin, which he co-wrote and produced.
Pete Bellotte is an English songwriter, record producer and author. Based in England, the award winning writer and producer has worked with Janet Jackson, Elton John, Cliff Richard, Shalamar, Tina Turner, Mireille Mathieu, The Three Degrees and Melba Moore.
” Love to Love You Baby ” was released by record labels Oasis in the US and Canada, GTO in the UK, Polar in Sweden, Ariola in Spain and Portugal, Interfusion in Australia, Atlantic in France and Germany and Durium in Italy.
It was released in June 1975 in the Netherlands under the title of ” Love to Love You ” and Worldwide on the 26th of November 1975 with the addition of Baby added to the title. The song was taken from Donna’s second Album of the same name.
The Album was her first released in the United States and the rest of the World, her first Album, Lady of the Night, was released only in the Netherlands. Lady of the Night reached a peak of number 11 on the Billboard 200 Chart and number 16 on the UK Albums Chart, going Gold in both countries.
Donna was unknown in the US when she came up with the lyric ” Love to Love You Baby “, which she suggested to Giorgio Moroder. He took her suggestion and turned it into a disco song, he then asked her to record the song.
Lyrically the song was explicit and Donna said she’d only record the song as a demo, to be offered to another artist to record. The song featured Donna’s moans and groans, which impressed Giorgio, he managed to persuade her to record the song as her own, she did and it became a small hit in the Netherlands.
A tape was sent to Neil Bogart, president of Casablanca Records, who suggested the track should be longer, possibly 20 minutes. Even though Donna had reservations, she recorded a longer version while laying on the studio floor in near darkness, she imagined herself as an actress ( Marilyn Monroe ) playing the part of someone in sexual ecstasy. The recording lasted over 16 minutes and according to the BBC, the track contained over 20 orgasms.
” Love to Love You Baby ” was a commercial success for Donna. In the United States the song reached a peak of number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and spent 18 weeks on the chart there. It reached number 3 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart and Number One on the Dance Club Songs Chart.
In the United kingdom the song entered the UK Singles chart on the 17th of January 1976 and reached number 4. It spent 4 weeks in the top ten and a total of 9 weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 2
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 4, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 9, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, France (SNEP) 17, Germany (Official German Charts) 6, Italy (FIMI) 11, Ireland (IRMA) 11, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 17, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 13, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 8, Norway (VG-lista) 2, Spain Singles (Promusicae) 6, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 5, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 6
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