Popular disco performer Donna Summer died this morning at her home in Florida at the age of 63 after reportedly battling cancer.
Donna Summer dominated the disco era of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and her name was synonymous with the “it” New York nightclub of the time, Studio 54. Summer seemed to have hit after hit during that relatively short time, including Last Dance, Bad Girls, She Works Hard For The Money, Love to Love You Baby, and her dance remake of MacArthur Park.
In a 2003 interview with The New York Times, Summer was reported as saying “In that period people were in a dance mood. They wanted to be lifted up, they wanted to have fun, they didn’t want to think. You were coming out of the Vietnam war, the 60’s , the protest era, and I was coming out of it as well,” she added. ”I think people were just in a different mindset. When dance music came out, with that beat and that movement, it was a switch.”
Summer was inducted to the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2004, along with The Bee Gees and Barry Gibb as a solo artist. Her classic song, I Feel Love, was also inducted. She was a five-time Grammy Award winner.
After disco faded away, Summer branched out into other genres and continued recording, but not to the same level of commercial success as the dance era.
Donna Summer is survived by her husband, singer/producer Bruce Sudano, their two daughters, Brooklyn and Amanda; and Summer’s daughter from a previous marriage, Mimi.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
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