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A Tribute to The Disco Queen Donna Summer Dead at 63 after Cancer Battle

Updated on May 17, 2012

Donna Summer The Disco Queen

Another singing sensation has died. Donna Summer the disco Queen of the 70s has passed away following a battle with lung cancer.

As the tributes poor in many will remember Donna, including myself, as the woman who changed the club scene with her brand of music using synthesizers and electronics, and epitomized the sparkling, shiny, disco ball and strobe lights darting across the discotheque. They were an innovation and so was she. I can picture myself back then boogieing on the dance floor to Love to Love You Baby and I feel love in outfits which I would rather forget!

She is a great loss to the music industry.


Lung Cancer Claims Donna Summer's Life

Donna Summer battled lung cancer for some time before it claimed her life today (17/05/12). She was a very private person and wanted to keep details about her illness out of the public eye. Although, it has been reported that she told friends she believed she became ill as a result of inhaling toxic dust when the Twin Towers collapsed.

Her claim could be true as air polluton experts have confirmed that the dust from the Twin Towers did contain asbestos as well as traces of Lead, mercury and dioxin. There have been several law suits against the City from families who allegedly have been affected.

Grammy Award Winner

Back to the nicer things in Donna's life. During her career she won 5 grammy awards, six American Music Awards, and had three multi-platinum albums.

She was attributed with pioneering the fusion of European electronic music with American disco and influenced many artists.

In the USA the title track 'I'm a Fire' taken from her 2008 album made Donna number one in the dance charts. This created a first as she was the first artist to reach the number one slot in the Seventies, Eighties, Nineties and the first decade of the 21st century.


Donna Summer leaves behind her husband Bruce Sudano, the Brooklyn Dreams singer who she married 1980. They had two daughters. She also left a daughter from a previous marriage, Mimi and four grandchildren

The family relased a statement - which read: “Early this morning, surrounded by family, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith. (Donna became a born again Christian in 1979) While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”


Donna Summer Tributes

The rich, famous and fabulous in the entertainment industry are paying their respects to a wonderful woman who changed the music scene of the 70s and 80s.

Quincy Jones, one of many producers who worked with Summer, wrote on Twitter: “Rest in peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.”

Aretha Franklin the Queen of soul's tribute to the Disco Queen was: “So shocking to hear about the passing of Donna Summer. In the 70s, she reigned over the disco era and kept the disco jumping. Who will forget “Last Dance.” A fine performer and a very nice person.”

Barbra Streisand was also in shock to hear about Summer and said "She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented. It’s so sad.”

Gloria Estefan expressed her thoughts and wrote: “Few singers have impacted music and the world like Donna Summer! It’s the end of an era.” and

Sir Elton John expressed his sadness and said: “I’m so sad. This woman was the queen of disco and so much more. That she has never been inducted into the Rock 'n’ Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace, especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted. Her records sound as good today as they ever did.”

There will be many more tributes I am sure and although Donna Summer and her family do not know me I want to add my tribute and say

My Tribute - "Donna Summer had an instantly recognisable, sexy voice with earthy tones and a unique musical style that influenced my teenage years, was fun and a part of my growing up that I will always remember. Such a talented woman who was never the diva. I hope she didn't suffer too much and has gone to a better place free from pain. I love to love you baby!" R.I.P.

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 4 years ago from Florida, USA

      The "Queen of Disco"...well deserve nickname

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      editorsupremo 4 years ago from London, England

      T4am, it is very sad that she was taken so early but at least she's left a legacy of great music that we can remember her!

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      T4an 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I loved Donna Summers. Her music was fantastic. It is so sad we have lost her, much too soon. Wonderful tribute!

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      editorsupremo 4 years ago from London, England

      You're welcome Mhatter99, I agree definitely great times, I have fond memories of my disco days!!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this wonderful tribute. those were truly marvelous times, we were regulars at Tingles

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      Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I love the music of Donna Summer. As I look at the photo of her and the one in your Bio, the two of you could be sisters, maybe even twins.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Thanks for your comment dashingscorpio. At least we can continue to enjoy the music of the late King and Queens of music.

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      dashingscorpio 5 years ago

      She indeed was a truly gifted original singer who put her stamp on a decade. Many a nightclub/disco ended the night with "Last Dance".

      Sadly we recently lost the King of Pop, the Queen of Pop, and now the Queen of Disco. However the music of Michael Jackon, Whitney Houston, and Donna Summer will live on for generations to come!

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Thank you drbj. Last Dance is absolutely beautiful and I would feel blessed if such a beautiful lady like Donna is smiling down on me!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      This is a lovely tribute, editorsupremo. I'm certain Donna is smiling down on you. I love her "Last Dance' rendition - it is special. She was awesome!

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Thank you supercibor. I've been doing the same doing my funky dancing to her songs!

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      Hector Herrera 5 years ago from Dominican Republic

      I have been listening to her songs today. Great hub.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Thanks Lucy. It is such a shame we have lost one of our icons.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      You're so right Beth, she was a lady with a lot of style and little ego unlike a lot of the modern divas. That's one of the reasons people will remember her fondly.

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      I was shocked to hear about it today from my friend. I loved Donna Summers. Very nice tribute to her.

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      Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

      I just heard awhile ago that she'd died. What a loss to the music industry. She had a lot of style and little ego and you have to admire that combination in a person.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Thanks spartucus. She will definitely be missed.

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      CJ Baker 5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Donna Summers will truly be missed. It is a sad day for music. Awesome tribute!

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      Thanks linda. I like what you said 'take me back to fun times' ditto for me too.

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Southern Arizona

      Such a sad day. Her songs take me back to fun times. She will be missed. Thanks for the lovely tribute.

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