Disco Queen Donna Summer Dead At 63
Donna Summer, 63, died this morning after battling lung cancer, according to TMZ.com. The Queen of Disco was known for her iconic 1970's hit songs "Last Dance," "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls" and the 1980s tunes "She Works Hard for the Money" and "This Time I Know It's for Real." In 1975, "Love To Love You Baby" became a massive hit in Europe and turned into a dance sensation in the United States after it was remixed into a 17-minute-long song.
Summer was a five-time Grammy winner: 1979 – Best R&B Vocal Performance (Female), Last Dance; 1980 – Best Rock Vocal Performance (Female), Hot Stuff; 1984 – Best Inspirational Performance, He's a Rebel; 1985 – Best Inspirational Performance, Forgive Me; 1998 – Best Dance Recording, Carry On. She was the first musician to have three consecutive number-one double albums.
She was born LaDonna Andre Gaines on New Year's Eve 1948 in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Mass., and was one of seven children. She got her start in music by singing in a church gospel choir.
In her early 20s she spent time in Germany where she met and married Helmut Sommer in 1971, adopting a version of his last name. They later divorced and she went on to marry Bruce Sudano. She is survived by her husband, three children and four grandchildren.
"Love To Love You Baby" (1975)
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