Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Donna Summer (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012)

LaDonna Adrian Ganies better known as Donna Summer lost her battle with lung cancer. Donna Summers was the Queen of the disco era in the 1970s. I remember going to a night club in 1975 called Disco Odyssey in San Jose California. Disco Odyssey was a club for 15 years or older, this was the club to be at back in the day. The DJ would play “Love to Love You Baby”, “Try Me”, I know We Can Make It”, “Bad Girls”, “Dim All the Lights”, “On the Radio”, “Hot Stuff”, “MacArthur Park” which was her first number one hit and “Last Dance” was the last song the DJ played at the end of the night. In 1978 Donna Summer acted in a film called ‘Thank God It’s Friday’. She played a singer who was determined to perform at a disco club. The song “Last Dance” from the film reached number three on the Hot 100 chart, which won Donna Summer her first a Grammy Award. Donna Summer also won her second Grammy for “Hot Stuff”, for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’, this was the first time this category was included. In the 1980s when disco was starting to fade Donna Summer went to Quincy Jones to produce her next album “She Works Hard for the Money”, this album took six months to record. The song “She works Hard for the Money” reached number three on the US Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy. Donna Summer’s music has been sampled or covered by some of the great artist of our time like, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Bette Milder, and Diana Ross among others. Donna Summer will always be known as the Queen of the disco era. If anyone decides to make a movie about her life I think Kelly Rowland should be the one to portray her, because she is an international star like Donna Summers was. R.I.P. Donna Summer you will be missed, but your music will live on.


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