Legendary Disco Queen Donna Summer dead at 63 after a long battle with cancer. Her family released a statement Thursday saying Donna Summer had died and that they “are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.
Summer was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1948, as one of seven children. Donna Summer was raised on Gospel music during the disco era.
The singer/songwriter came to fame just as disco was burgeoning, and she also came to define the era with a string of No. 1 hits and her sexy looks.
She was a five-time Grammy winner who rose to fame in the 1970s. Some of her biggest hits were “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls.” She also co-wrote the single “Love to Love You Baby” in 1975, and went on to co-write several other hits, including “She Works Hard For Her Money.”
“Love to Love You Baby” was her U.S. chart debut and the first of 19 No. 1 of her dance hits between 1975 and 2008. She burned up the charts and was the only artist to have three consecutive double-LPs hit No. 1, “Live and More,” “Bad Girls” and “On the Radio.”
Moreover, She was also the first female artist with four No. 1 singles in a 13-month period, according to the Rock Hall of Fame, where she was a nominee this year.
Summer also released a number of albums that have reached gold or platinum status. She also released the multiplatinum “Bad Girls” and “On the Radio, Volume I & II.”
She tapped into film when she appeared in the 1978 film, “Thank God It’s Friday,” which took home the best original song Oscar for “Last Dance.”
As times changed and disco went out of fashion, Donna Summer still remained a prominent hit dance clubs
Summer’s most recent album, “Crayons,” came out in 2008. Since than she has performed on “American Idol” and “America’s Got “Talent.”
Due to her songs being a mix of different Genres she was able to receive Grammy Awards in the dance, rock, R&B and inspirational categories.
Summer will always be remembered as a “grateful” and “gracious” human being. She always brought a smile and positive energy where ever she went
Singer Dionne Warwick said in a statement that she was sad to lose a great performer and “dear friend.”
Summer married Brooklyn Dreams vocalist Bruce Sudano in 1980. She had three daughters and four grandchildren. Summer has lived in Englewood, Florida, with her husband Bruce for the past few years.
In Recent news there were rumors about Summer working on new music for a new album known as the “Queen of Disco”. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with that.
“Our heart goes out to her husband and her children,”
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