Reuters informs that “Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, died at 63 years old on Thursday. The family did not make any comments in relation to her death; they only explained that the singer had been battling cancer for a long period of time.
“Love To Love You Baby” was the 70s single that started Donna Summer’s musical career. The song was not just a disco track, but a hit which laid the foundations for the disco trend that characterized the entire decade. “Love To Love You Baby” was soon followed by other hits, such as, “I Feel Love” and “Last Dance”. She later on created a disco version of Richard Harris’ “MacArthur Park” which was more successful than the original song and reached Nr.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Towards the end of the 70s, the singer released yet another well-sold album called “Bad Girls”. The record was very different from the previous ones because the artist had given up the already decadent disco trend. Proving that a change can really do you good, Summer became even more appreciated for the variety of styles she had used on the new album. Hits like “Hot Stuff”, “Bad Girls” and “Dim All The Lights” went straight to Nr.1 in both national and international charts.
The following decade was less productive for the “Queen of Disco” as she had troubles adapting to the new musical trends. Summer tried to infuse her songs with a rock feeling, but her intentions were not appreciated by the public, so very few songs made it to Nr. 1. “She Works Hard for the Money” from 1983 was the last hit that came closer to the zenith of the 1970s.
Donna Summer won five Grammies throughout her musical career. She was the only artist who had three consecutive double albums on the first place of the U.S. Billboard chart. The “Queen of Disco” is survived by husband, Bruce Sudano, as well as their three children and four grandchildren.
You can listen to her song “She Works Hard for the Money” by clicking on the video below: