I was sad to read that one of our all time favorite divas, The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012), lost her battle with cancer today. She was 63. Donna burst onto the musical scene in the 1970s disco era with major hits that had us all dancing and sweating the night away in every discotheque worth its strobe lights and door price. She won five Grammys and numerous other awards (see below), and was a huge success globally. For my generation, Donna Summer’s music was at the top of the list of forbidden music our parents warned us not to play at those ridiculously over the top teen parties I attended when parents were away and the kids came out to play. We ignored their directives and played all her music loudly; gyrating away, sipping cocktails, smoking fags, and acting all grown up as if we fully understood what Love To Love You Baby was really about. We were pretenders to the Bad Girls throne and believed we were Hot Stuff too. Yeah, those were the good ol’ London days! My heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends.
“I am sensual and very physical. I’m very erotic. But my sexuality exists on a sort of a fantasy level.” Donna Summer
Donna Summer was, in my book, one of the greatest divas of the era. She had big flowing hair, an upbeat presence, colorful stylish clothes and was always ready to rock that mezzo-soprano voice with all the exaggerated diva moves accompanying her catchy tunes… Plus, she was beautiful inside and out. When we were feeling down, with Barbara Streisand, gave us the lift we needed to go out and have a fun time. For heaven’s sakes, who could forget Last Dance? It was usually the last song played to wrap up a great all night party, a wedding celebration or to inform disco diehards that it was time to take their sweaty, spent booties and hit the proverbial road. I’ve added some favorite videos. Also, you may listen to a playlist of 16 of her top songs at Rollingstone.com including many of my favorites mentioned above… More Below!