On this day in music history: June 13, 1983 – …

On this day in music history: June 13, 1983 – “She Works Hard For The Money”, the eleventh studio album by Donna Summer is released. Produced by Michael Omartian, it is recorded at Lion Share Studios in Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA, and Rhema Studios in Beverly Hills, CA from Late 1982 – Early 1983. Following the release of her self-titled second album on Geffen Records (produced by Quincy Jones) issued after the label shelves her “I’m A Rainbow” album in 1981. Summer works with producer Michael Omartian (Christopher Cross, Rod Stewart) on the follow up album. Having sued to get of out her contract with Casablanca Records in 1980, Summer leaves owing her former label one more album. “Money” is released on Polygram’s Mercury Records imprint (after Casablanca’s demise in early 1983), in order to fulfill her final contractual obligation to Casablanca. To everyone’s surprise, the album is a major critical and commercial success, spinning off three singles including the title track (#1 R&B, #3 Pop, #3 Club Play) and “Unconditional Love” (#9 R&B, #43 Pop), and becoming her biggest selling album since “Bad Girls” four years before. The album receives a pair of Grammy nominations, winning the award for Best Inspirational Performance for the track “He’s A Rebel” in 1984. The album is remastered and reissued by Culture Factory Records in 2014. “She Works Hard For The Money” peaks at number nine on the Billboard Top 200, number five on the R&B album chart, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.