LEGENDARY SINGER AND QUEEN OF DISCO DONNA SUMMER HAS DIED. SHE PASSED AWAY EARLY MORNING, SURROUNDED BY FAMILY, AT HER HOME IN KEY WEST, FLORIDA. DONNA SUMMER DIED OF BREAST AND LUNG CANCER AT THE EARLY AGE OF 63 YEARS.
Donna Summer was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31, 1948 in Boston. Inspired by Mahalia Jackson, Donna began singing in church at young age. Always having felt an outsider in Boston, she dropped out of school in the late 1960’s, convinced music was her destiny. Donna issued her first album, Lady of the Night in 1974 with European label Groovy Records. The album was not released in the USA but found success with the single The Hostage in Europe. Her real break through came with the suggestive song Love To Love You, Baby in 1975 in Europe, followed by the US in 1976.
Donna Summer dancer her way through the 1970’s with extraordinary success. First with the release of the concept albums I Remember Yesterday, that brought forth the hit single I Feel Love, and the modern-day Cinderella album Once Upon a Time and later with a life album that featured her cover of Jimmy Web’s MacArthur Park. In 1979 she released her album Bad Girls that produced hit singles such as Hot Stuff, Bad Girls, Dim All the Lights and the duet with Barbra Streisand, No More Tears (Enough is Enough). Songs that provided the soundtrack for the disco era. It was this album that crowned her the undisputable Queen of Disco.
After parting with her recording company Donna Summer branched out into new musical directions in the 1980’s, starting with The Wanderer and eventually leading to another legendary album release which was simply named Donna Summer, but brought hits such as Love Is In Control (Finger on the Trigger) and State of Independence. In the mid 1980’s Donna Summer was embroiled in a controversy due to anti-gay remarks she had made regarding the then-relatively new disease AIDS. It resulted in a significant drop of popularity and negative impact on her career. In 1989 Donna Summer publically apologized for any remarks and comments she had made on the subject, but only after thousands of her records were returned and dance clubs boycotted her music. After this, her career never fully recovered from the fall she had made.
During the 1990’s Donna Summer released several compilation albums that included her cooperation with hit producers Stock Aitken Waterman. All through the 90’s and 200’s she continued scoring occasional top ten hits, but real success was left out. In 2008 she recorder Crayons which peaked at #17 on the US Top 200 Album Chart, which was her highest since 1983. Although she often announced new exciting projects, Crayons would be her last recorded album.
Donna Summer’s life was marked by highs and lows and even at the height of her success she once took steps towards suicide. Over the past years Donna Summer has fought breast and lung cancer which eventually lead to her premature death early this morning. –BM-
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