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Remembering Donna Summer December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012

Posted May 17, 2012

Today the world mourns the unexpected loss of a music icon, Donna Summer who gained both national and international popularity in the disco era. As a singer-songwriter she is known for countless hits: Love to Love You Baby, Last Dance, Hot Stuff and She Works Hard for the Money, to name a few. Summer was a five-time Grammy Award winner, the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the Billboards and was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

Properly known as the “Queen of Disco” Donna Summer remained a force on the charts for her genre throughout her whole career and has
inspired many of today’s greats such as Beyonce. She also made appearances in David Foster’s PBS Television special Hitman Returns: David Foster and Friends, as a guest judge on Platinum Hit and was on the third annual Divas.

Many remarks and tributes have been made today for the late Donna Summer by artists and those who will miss her, including Mr. President Barak Obama, who stated that both he and First Lady Michelle were saddened her passing. He went on to say “Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon.” Aretha Franklin touched on her achievements “so shocking to hear about the passing of Donna Summer. In the 70s she reigned over the disco era and kept the disco jumping. Who will forget “Last Dance.” Franklin also described her on a personal level “ A fine performer and a very nice person.” Quincy Jones put it in a nutshell “Rest in peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.”

Chaka Khan and Donna Summer were friends for over 30 years,.” She was one of the few black women I could speak German with and she is one of the few friends I had in the business,” Shaka went on to add. “I was so shocked to hear about Donna. She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented. It’s so sad,”- Barbara Steisand.  

“I can’t believe Donna Summer died today. I just surprised her on her birthday and sang happy birthday to her. I’m in shock right now. RIP Donna.”- Shanice.

“Wow another legend gone. Rest in peace to the beautiful disco queen Donna Summer,” Nicki Minaj.

By Josayne Anderson

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