Well, the lyrics make the lady’s needs and wants very clear. Hot stuff. Some love. Tonight. The song was written by the high-powered team of Pete Bellotte, Harold Faltermeyer, and Keith Forsey. All three have had hits with a number of artists. Bellotte is famous for his work with Summer, as well as others, including Janet Jackson, Elton John, Cliff Richard, and The Three Degrees. Faltermeyer composed music for Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, and Fletch. He is a session musician (synthesizer, keyboard, piano), arranger, and producer, and has worked with Patti LaBelle, Barbra Streisand, Glenn Frey, Blondie, La Toya Jackson, Billy Idol, Cheap Trick, Bob Seger, and more. Forsey also composed for film (Flashdance, Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Breakfast Club). He is a drummer and percussionist.
The song “Hot Stuff” was released as a single in 1979 as well as on Summer’s 1979 album Bad Girls. The track combines disco and a rock feel. On guitar for “Hot Stuff” is the illustrious Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, who has played with The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, and Spirit. Bellotte, Faltermeyer, and Forsey all play on the album. “Hot Stuff” was an enormous internationally charting success, going to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, U.S. Billboard Hot Disco Singles, U.S. Cash Box, U.S. Record World, as well as in Australia, Canada, Japan, and Switzerland. It was in the top 20 in Austria Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and the U.K. Wow.
So far as awards go, Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” won her the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. It is also on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
Donna Summer was a singer, songwriter, and painter. She has been called The Queen of Disco and The First Lady of Love. She had 32 hit singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was a five-time Grammy Award winner. She remains one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.