MUSIC: Donna Summer, A Class Act … Always

DONNA SUMMER (1948-2012)

DONNA SUMMER (1948-2012)

My fondest memory of Donna Summer immediately takes me back to my youth, sitting in a movie theater waiting to see the 1978 hit, “Thank God It’s Friday,” starring Summer as an aspiring singer with dreams of becoming a disco star. Life truly imitates art as the world pays respect to the “Queen of Disco,” who died today at 63 after battling lung cancer. The five-time Grammy winner chose to keep her illness private, so news came as a shock to loyal, multi-generational fans of the legend. Her voice was sultry yet strong; her look was undeniable classic beauty. And, she epitomized warmth and soul whenever you saw her. A non-stop barrage of club anthems would define an era and Summer never fell out of style among the denizens of dance culture. I am most thankful for her musical influences throughout the years, and I will always consider this woman a class act.

Recommended:

‘Thank God It’s Friday’ montage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmI8sY1jwRs&feature=related

USA Today Donna Summer obit: http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/obit/story/2012-05-17/donna-summer-disco-queen-dies/55039474/1

New York Times Blog on Donna Summer ‘other’ memorable hits: http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/five-other-great-donna-summer-performances/

Donna Summer photo gallery on last.fm: http://www.last.fm/music/Donna+Summer/+images/12750839

Studio 54 Radio on SiriusXM: http://www.siriusxm.com/studio54radio

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