Thursday, May 17, 2012

Obituaries--Donna Summer

The "Queen of Disco," Donna Summer, a symbol of the 1970s pop culture, has unfortunately died of cancer. The five-time Grammy award winner was just 63 years old.

Summer's music was everywhere in the late seventies, so if anybody who was around at the time doesn't remember who she was, he or she is either a liar or was living in a cave:

LaDonna Adrian Gaines was born on Dec. 31, 1948, and raised in the Boston area. She learned to sing in church in a gospel choir and as a teenager performed in a short-lived psychedelic rock group called the Crow. After high school, she moved to New York and soon landed a role in a German production of “Hair.”

It was in Europe, while Ms. Summer was working as a studio vocalist, that she met Mr. Moroder and Pete Bellotte, another producer. Collaborating with them, she recorded “Love to Love You Baby,” the 17-minute long single released in 1975 that became a major disco hit and by year’s end had crossed over to the pop and R&B charts as well. The song, on which she moaned and sang in a breathy, seductive voice, skyrocketed her career.

She went on to record 19 No. 1 dance hits from 1975 to 2008, a record she shares with Madonna. Ms. Summer’s albums also sold millions of copies. She was the only artist to have three consecutive double-LPs rise to the top spot on the albums chart with “Live and More,” “Bad Girls” and “On the Radio: Greatest Hits: Volumes I and II.”

"She Works Hard for the Money" live at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 2009:

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