On this day in music history: April 16, 1979 - “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer is released. Written Pete Belotte, Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey, it is the first single from the landmark “Bad Girls” album. The rock oriented dance track further broadens Summer’s audience, and is an immediate smash upon its release. For the song’s blistering solo, Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter is brought in to play the part (on a vintage Danelectro guitar). After the single’s initial release as a commercial 45, and promotional 12", the longer mix of the track is issued commercially as 12" single shortly afterward, seguing it together with the follow up single “Bad Girls” (the way they appear on the LP, but with a shorter version of “Hot Stuff” appearing on the album). Entering the Hot 100 at #79 on April 21, 1979, the single rockets to the top of the chart six weeks later, spending 3 non-consecutive weeks at #1. It yields to The Bee Gees “Love You Inside Out” for one week on June 9, 1979, then regain the top spot for an additional two weeks on June 16, 1979. Summer also wins a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for the song, becoming the first woman, and first African American artist to ever win that category.