Remembering ‘Disco Queen’ Donna Summer’s Life [VIDEOS]

May 17, 2012 12:44 pm

Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco has died at 63. Her family released a statement Thursday morning with news the singing legend has passed away after a long battle with cancer. “We grieve her passing,” they said, but they are “at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and continued legacy.”

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The 5-time Grammy award winner was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in 1948. She was raised with gospel music and sang in her church choir at age 10. Summer’s iconic voice made her a symbol in the 70s and 80s. She was known for her seductive sound in “Love to Love You Baby” and her songs revolved around the then-popular sex, drugs, and disco. Songs from her 8 gold and 3 platinum albums contained chart-topping singles, including pop hits “Macarthur Park” and “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls,” “No More Tears,” “I Feel Love,” and more. Summer was the first to have three consecutive albums (Live & More, Bad Girls, and On The Radio: Greatest Hits) hit the No. 1 spot.

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Summer released her last studio album Crayons in 2008. She performed on “American Idol” with its top female contestants that same year.

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Donna Summer and “Idol” contestants sing a Summer medley.

Singer Dionne Warwick was saddened at the loss of her “dear friend.” “My heart goes out to her husband and her children,” she said in a statement, “Prayers will be said to keep them strong.”

Donna Summer was a legend of dance, rock’n’roll, disco and R&B and she will be dearly missed.

Donna Summer – “Love To Love You Baby” (1975)

Classic Donna in 1978 Concert singing “Last Dance.”



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