Donna Summer “Queen of Disco”

By: Erika Washington

Today the lights on the dance floor are a bit dimmer. Disco legend Donna Summer passed away this morning after a battle with cancer.

Her family released a statement, Thursday morning and that they “are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.”

“Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time,” the statement read. She had been living in Englewood, Florida, with her husband, Bruce Sudano.

The 1970’s bring to mind glitter disco balls, loud shirts, dancing and the soundtrack to that decade, love it or hate it was of course disco.

Donna Summer was the reigning queen of disco and its catchy beats. Although she started her career doing harder rock and musicals she found her niche making people shake their groove thang.

Songs like ‘Love to Love You’ with its sexual undertones and sensual moans caused quite a bit of a stir but at the same time became one of her biggest hits. She followed those up with Last Dance, On the Radio, Bad Girls just to name a few. Throughout her career her songs topped numerous charts and she won 5 Grammys.

Even after disco began to die, Summer was able to keep her music alive by churning out pop classics like “She Works Hard For the Money”.

More recently she appeared on American idol in 2008.

She leaves behind 3 daughters and a husband of 32 years as well as millions of adoring fans.

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