R.I.P. disco diva Donna Summer

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“For the last half hour or so I’ve been lying in my bed crying and stunned. Donna Summer RIP.” Those are the (Twitter) words of Chic leader Nile Rodgers following the news overnight that one of disco’s trailblazing figures has died, aged 63. Summer is said to have died after a protracted struggle with cancer.

If you’ve been near a house or disco dancefloor, you’re probably familiar with Summer’s legendary Giorgio Moroder-produced I Feel Love, or one of its many remixed versions. During the 1970s heyday of disco, Summer was the only artist to have three consecutive double-albums go to No. 1: Live and More, Bad Girls and On the Radio. Summer’s sultry vocals on tracks like Love To Love You Baby were her calling card to the charts. Summer released 17 studio albums in total, most recently 2008’s Crayons, but in the 1980s she began to diversify away from disco. Listen to some of her standout hits below, and be prepare to be sucked in further.



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Matthew de Groot

Matthew de Groot said on the 17th May, 2012

We all felt the love. R.I.P.

special ed

special ed said on the 17th May, 2012

'i feel love' is still, to this day, one of the greatest pieces of dance music ever made

another legend gone
R.I.P :(

Gruso

Gruso said on the 18th May, 2012

> "'i feel love' is still, to this day, one of the greatest pieces of dance music ever made"

Absolutely.

Rest in peace Donna.

Pedro

Pedro said on the 18th May, 2012

The "Last Dance " in heaven.....RIP Donna

jamwildway

jamwildway said on the 18th May, 2012

RIP Donna Summer, she had the perfect Sunday afternoon sound

joey c

joey c said on the 18th May, 2012

RIP Donna Summer. In 1977, a track that was so ahead of it%u2019s time that it took the rest of the world almost 2 decades to appreciate and replicate the mesmerising futuristic bass, beats and repetitively sung lyrics that can be attributed as ...the 'Big Bang theory' of ALL EDM (techno, trance, ACID, house). This tune pioneered an entire genre of music. It sounds as fresh and relevant today as it did almost 35 years ago

bussyboy

bussyboy said on the 18th May, 2012

Really tempted to go out tonight - just to hear I feel love on a huge sound system!

Would this count as early techno? Is there anything before this that comes close??

m_xt

m_xt said on the 18th May, 2012

RIP. Will be playing some Donna Summer on Saturday night in tribute.