Donna Summer the Queen of disco dies at 63

Donna Summer — the Queen of Disco — died this morning after a battle with lung cancer she was 63. In my younger days as a deejay Donna Summer was always on my playlist, her music had an energy, she had a great voice and she had style.

Growing up in Boston she started singing in her church’s gospel choir before starting to perform in stage musicals. In 1975 Donna Summer met producer Giorgio Moroder and teamed up for “Love to Love You Baby,” amid controversy that it was considered too steamy for radio. The song gained popularity, and became a huge favourite in discotheques. This was followed by a string of US hit singles including Last Dance, MacArthur Park, Bad Girls and Hot Stuff, which was revived when it was included in the film The Full Monty.

Her rise to success caused Donna to become depressed and to self-medicate on prescription drugs. In the mid 80’s she revived her career teaming up with Stock Aitken Waterman, having several more hits.

Donna Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner becoming the first black artist to win a Grammy in a rock category – taking best rock vocal performance for Hot Stuff in 1979

She released her final album, Crayons, in 2008 – her first studio recording in 17 years

In December 2009, Donna Summer performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, in honour of United States President Barack Obama.

For me the music of Donna Summer will forever represent that golden period of disco music. Her music will live on.

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