On this day in music history: June 2, 1979 - “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks (non-consecutive), topping the Club Play chart for 7 weeks on May 26, 1979, also peaking at #3 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written by Pete Bellotte, Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey, it is the second chart topping single for the Boston, MA born singer and songwriter (birth name LaDonna Adrian Gaines). Issued as the first single from Summer’s magnum opus “Bad Girls” on April 16, 1979, the track features a blistering guitar solo by Doobie Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter played on a vintage 50’s Danelectro guitar. Entering the Hot 100 at #79 on April 21, 1979, it climbs to the top of the chart six weeks later. “Hot Stuff” spends one week at the top of the pop singles chart, yielding to the Bee Gees “Love You Inside Out” for one week, then regaining the top spot for an additional two weeks on June 16, 1979. “Hot Stuff” wins Summer a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female in 1980, making history as being the first African American artist as well as the first woman to ever win in the rock category. The song is later featured in the films “The Full Monty” and “The Martian”. “Hot Stuff” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
27th Annual TEC Awards - @Orianthi and Skunk Baxter join Les Paul Award winner, Steve Vai, and Master of Ceremonies, Bassist and Singer, Will Lee, in a performance of Foxy Lady, January 20,2012 at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California