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Bad Girls by Donna Summer

Updated on February 1, 2015

Donna Summer And Her Song Bad Girls

Bad Girls is one of the best known hit songs by Donna Summer from the late 1970s.

Sadly on 17th May 2012, Donna Summer passed away at the age of 63 following a long battle with breast and lung cancer.

Donna Summer was born in Boston, Massachusetts and is an American singer-songwriter and musician who came to fame during the disco era. She is best known for her number one dance hit singles in the late 1970s, and was dubbed the Queen of Disco.

Although she is best known for her disco hits, Donna Summer's repertoire has expanded to include contemporary R&B, rock, mainstream pop, and even gospel. She is one of the most successful female recording artists of the 1970s and 1980s, and she still holds the record for having three consecutive double albums hit #1 on the Billboard charts. She was also the first female artist to have four number-one singles in a twelve-month period.

During her early career she sang back-up vocals for groups such as Three Dog Night, and issued her first album, Lady of the Night, which included the European hit The Hostage.

In the summer of 1975, Summer approached music producers Moroder and Bellotte with an idea for a song. She had come up with the lyric Love to love you, baby as the possible title for the song. Moroder was interested in developing the new disco sound that was becoming increasingly popular, and used her lyric to develop the song into a disco track. Donna agreed to record the song as a demo to give to someone else. Moroder was so astounded with her vocals that he insisted she release the single herself. The song, titled Love to Love You, was released in Europe and was a modest success. The song was also her first big hit in America, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in early 1976.

Two Gold albums followed, A Love Trilogy and Four Seasons Of Love, but it was the 1977 album I Remember Yesterday and the song I Feel Love that shot her to worldwide fame.

In 1978 Donna Summer played a role in the film Thank God It's Friday and released the single Last Dance which became her third US million-selling single and her first Grammy win. Last Dance has since become a standard track on talent shows like American Idol and The X Factor.

In 1979 she released the double-album Bad Girls. What made this unusual for a disco album was that it mixed Rock, Funk, Blues and Soul into electronic Disco beats. The album generated three consecutive million-selling singles, Hot Stuff and Bad Girls which both reached #1, and the #2 hit Dim All The Lights. Bad Girls also became her first #1 song on Billboard's R&B singles chart. With her US record sales at an all-time high in 1979, Donna Summer had a run of five US Gold singles (three of which went on to Platinum status) that year alone. Hot Stuff won her a second Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

Donna had continued success with albums such as the 1983 She Works Hard For The Money but her subsequent releases didn't fare as well. Donna Summer released her first album in 17 years, Crayone in 2008.

Why not treat yourself to a Donna Summer CD (or 2, or 3) today and re-live the great days of disco. Amazon have just about every CD you could think of at great prices.

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Song Lyrics: Bad Girls by Donna Summer

Written by: Donna Summer from the Album: "Bad Girls" - 1979

Bad girls
Talking about the sad girls
Sad girls
Talking about bad girls, yeah

See them out on the street at night, walkin'
Picking up on all kinds of strangers
If the price is right
You can't score if you're pocket's tight
But you want a good time
You ask yourself who they are
Like everybody else
They come from near and far
Bad girls, yeah

Bad girls
Talking about the sad girls, yeah
Sad girls
Talking about bad girls, yeah

Friday night and the strip is hot
Sun's gone down and they're out to trot
Spirit's high and legs look hot
Do you wanna get down
Now don't you ask yourself who they are
Like everybody else, they wanna be a star

Bad girl
Sad girl, you're such a naughty bad girl
Beep-Beep, uh-uh
You bad girl you sad girl
You're such a dirty bad girl
Beep-Beep, uh-uh

Now you and me we're both the same
But you call yourself by different names
Now your mama won't like it when she finds out
That her girl is out at night

Hey, Mister, have you got a dime
Mister, do you want to spent some time
Oh, yeah
I got what you want, you got what I need
I'll be your baby, come and spend it on me
Hey, Mister
I'll spend some time with you

Amazon have a great choice of Greatest Hits CD's from Donna Summer. Why not pick one up today.

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Donna Summer Dies At 63

Sad News From 17 May 2012

Donna Summer passed away at the age of 63 following a long battle with breast and lung cancer.

Listen and watch Donna Summer live in your living room with a great Donna Summer DVD.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      I loved Donna Summer and Bad Girls was my favorite song of hers. A friend went to one of her concerns in the early 80's and she sang Bad Girls and he said her show was kind of x-rated. He was pretty shocked and he wasn't a wallflower. lol I was shocked to hear of her death. She and her talent will be missed. Thanks for putting this excellent lens together. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      My favorite was Love to Love You, played over and over and over. Oh the memories.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      Those were the days when we had a disco in school where we could go dancing during the breaks! Bad Girls was popular then.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh yeah, this was my dancing years!! I kind of saw myself as the "Bad Girl" (I wasn't close to being a bad girl, but, wanted to be! They seemed to have the most fun!).

      Thought I would stop by and say I am thankful to my wonderful friends here on squidoo! Thanks for the wonderful friendship Tony!

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      MAMellott LM 5 years ago

      Very nice!

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Great lens and choice of song. I hadn't heard this for a while.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Loved this song when it first came out! And, imagine that -- Donna Summer is still around today! Say -- do lyrics lenses do well with traffic and royalties?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Ms Summer has a great voice, good entertainer. Very nice lens! 5*'s

      I like the new photo of yourself, you look so happy!

      Best Wishes my Friend!

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      The Homeopath 8 years ago

      Now Poddys, what exactly would you know about bad girls, hmmmm?

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      Mihaela Vrban 9 years ago from Croatia

      :) :) :)

      Love it!

      :) :) :)

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I had one Donna Summer tape, yes tape, that I literally wore the heck out of. I finally replaced it via iTunes. This is one of my favorite songs from the album.