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