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Posted on 05/17/2012 10:02:09 AM PDT by rockabyebaby
May 17, 2012 12:35 PM
Donna Summer dead at 63
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Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Oct. 1, 2011, in Las Vegas. (Credit: Getty) (CBS News) Disco queen Donna Summer has died, a family spokesperson told the Associated Press. She was 63.
Her family released a statement Thursday saying Summer had died and that they "are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy."'
TMZ first reported the news, noting Summer had died in Florida on Thursday after a long battle with cancer. Insiders told TMZ she was recently working on music for a new album.
Known as the "Queen of Disco," Summer was born in Boston, Mass. in 1948, as one of seven children.
The five-time Grammy winner rose to fame in the 1970s, scoring hits with "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls."
She 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."
Summer appeared in the 1978 film, "Thank God It's Friday," which took home the best original song Oscar for "Last Dance."
Summer married Brooklyn Dreams vocalist Bruce Sudano in 1980. She is survived by her husband, three daughters and four grandchildren.
I loved her singing, and the music was mostly positive and uplifting. God bless you Donna, You were an icon for the era. And if there are any haters out there, please keep it to yourselves, PLEASE.
The last dance....
She worked hard for the money.
And she didn't blow it, like Whitney.
Before she cleaned up her act, she did one of the naughtiest, but non-graphic songs ever, the original Love To Love You Baby, which runs almost 17 minutes.
This was extremely popular among US Army Special Forces, for one.
She’s a local girl, I know the neighborhood where she grew up. She used to go back often, just a regular girl going to the pizza shop, etc. she never made a big fuss of herself, was always cordial to people in the street, signed autographs, talked with people, never let fame go to her head.
I just saw this and am stunned. While I didn’t like disco much, I appreciated her talent.
I went to youtube, listened to “I Feel Love”, and had to stop it before I got teary.
Thank you, DS. Resquiat en pace.
She had some great stuff (hot stuff baby!)
Just read where the suspect was lung cancer allegedly from post-911 contamination while in NYC. Wow, if true.
Rest in Peace, Donna!!
Love to Love You, Baby (1975)
RIP Donna, as a kid and a 2 left footed waiter, after we were done for our shift, many a waitress taught me to dance to your music. Thank you for the fond memories...
That explains why the gays turned on her...notice that the gays adopted Cher as their icon from that era, instead of Donna. Which makes no sense really, unless Donna said something that ticked them off, or she wasn’t willing to be a “fag hag” for them.
A lot of her early disco songs were overtly sexual but she became a Christian sometime in the early 80s and her later music took a more positive and uplifting nature.
I just received a notice of this on Fakebook. Do I press the “LIKE” button?
I should’ve seen her down at Coney Island a year or two ago for the free summer concert. I don’t remember why I didn’t go. Probably some dumb reason. Ah, well.
OMG! I just saw this on Fox site. Can’t believe this - she’s only a decade older than my “disco-queen” sister.
No matter how she felt about her “title”, I LOVE that stuff and every time 1 of hers plays (including on our own CDs) I yell, “It’s DONNNNNNAAA!!” It’s the soundtrack of my childhood.
Incidentally, recently read up on her and glad she had a little run-in with the homos. Too bad for them. I never knew about that until this year. That and these articles dredging that up shows how only now is it “important” what homos think. I never heard such a thing decades ago. But now, we HAVE to stick it in there like it’s some caveat about her.
So sad for her and her family. God bless.
“Rush just said that he met her on a plane once, she came to see him to tell him she was one of us...Who knew she was a closet Conservative.”
That’s good to read. And not too surprising. Her being a preacher’s daughter, someone who truly did work hard for her money, and someone who didn’t feel the need to spew left wing political spiel in the press, this doesn’t surprise me in the least.
Wow, cool, if true. I can believe it though. Know why?
She didn’t go making political statements in public as all these hacks that feel carte blanche.
If you’re a conservative entertainer - it’s always “in the closet”. Otherwise you’re crucified and get no work.
RIP Donna but I hated that song “Love to love you baby’
How did that annoyance to the ears ever become a hit? Would have made the grade as grunting background music for a porn scene. No joke.
“I loved her singing, and the music was mostly positive and uplifting. God bless you Donna, You were an icon for the era. And if there are any haters out there, please keep it to yourselves, PLEASE.”
This post bears repeating. Good bye for now, Donna Summer.
LOL, I agree, basically.
I sort of like the music (though the long version - no thanks), but the THEME is my problem. Don’t need all this sexy stuff in mainstream. Now it’s completely out of control, a`la “Idiocracy”.
Luckily, as a child I was isolated from that risque stuff; I guess our radio stations were more conservative then and wouldn’t play it as it’s been noted some didn’t. I knew all the other following hits, though!
Donna became a born-again Christian and continued to make good music well into the 2000s. In 1994, Donna recorded what is one of my favorite Christmas albums of all time - Christmas Spirit. Not even a hint of her disco roots. Her vocal performance on this album is right up there with Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey in their prime.
I know it is out of season but I highly recommend you bookmark this album for download when Christmas comes around again. You will not be disappointed.
I figure the same media that lionized the drug addict Whitney Houston after her passing...will only focus on Donna’s “intolerance” of sodomites.
I remember being the first music I listened to as a youngster in the early 80s, what did I know, I was 6 years old and I liked the upbeat tempo more than the lyrics. Rest in Peace Donna.
I remember having to dance to her version of ‘MacArthur Park’ in high school dance class. So, at the news, my first thought was that “someone left her cake out in the rain.” Confusing song, but she did have a remarkable voice.
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