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!
“I don’t care if I’m beautiful; I don’t care what I am on the outside. It isn’t about the outside.” Donna Summer
Donna continued to make music long after disco died, and garnered many awards and recognition over the years; including an induction into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2004. She was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the U.S. Billboard chart and the first female African American to receive an MTV Video Music Awards nomination. In addition to her five Grammys, she won Six American Music Awards, an NAACP Image award, three platinum and eleven gold albums. As recently as June 2011, she was a judge on Bravo TVs Platinum Hit. Donna performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2009 and kept up her musical endeavors till the end. She played an important part in the memories of many young people from those heady days of teenage angst. She has danced her last dance and will be sorely missed by all of us. She is survived by hubby, Bruce Sudano, and three daughters; Mimi, Brooklyn and Amanda. RIP Donna Summer and thank you for the music and memories!
There are many Donna Summer memories shared around the internet; I’ve added a few links immediately below from my fellow bloggers. What are your thoughts? Did you listen to Donna’s music over the years? Do you have any favorite songs that touch your heart? What are your memories of her? Do share! Thank you.
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: Music creates memories and brings people together in sad, up and down times. Cherish the memories… RIP Donna Summer.
- Last Dance for Queen of Disco; Donna Summer Succumbs to Cancer (voanews.com)
- Rolling Stone.com: Donna Summer’s Best Songs (rollingstone.com)
- Donna Summer Tribute Site (donna-tribute.com)
- Disco Queen Donna Summer Dies At 63 (annem040359.wordpress.com)
- Donna Summer, Queen of Disco, dies at 63 (brobrubel.wordpress.com)
- BREAKING NEWS: RIP The Queen Of Disco! … Donna Summer Dead at 63 After Battling Cancer (muhsadam.wordpress.com)
- RIP Donna Summer, Disco Queen (lady6x.wordpress.com)
- Donna Summer, RIP: Queen of Disco, Godmother of Techno [VIDEO] (coedmagazine.com)
- Best 3…Donna Summer Songs (mybest3ofeverything.wordpress.com)
- How disco changed music for ever (guardian.co.uk)
- 100 Best Songs of the 1970s 10 – 01 (waldina.com)
- The years 1969 to 79 looked good on the dancefloor, as BBC4’s new documentary The Joy Of Disco proves (guardian.co.uk)
- Donna Summer 1948 – 2012 (flickrcomments.wordpress.com)
- The QUEEN OF DISCO, DONNA SUMMER has passed away today R.I.P.! (starjoos.wordpress.com)
- Donna Summer: RIP The Queen of Disco… (eof737.wordpress.com)