There’s one more disco ball in the big blue sky today. Donna Summer, 63, lost her battle with cancer in Naples, Florida and her family is “at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy,” according to a statement. Summer, born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, will forever be remembered as the queen of disco with hits like ” Love To Love You, Baby,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girl” and “She Works Hard For The Money.”
Survived by her second husband, Bruce Sudano and three daughters – Amanda, Mimi and Brooklyn – Summer cemented her place in music history and leaves behind a legacy that literally defined an era.
Elton John released a statement today about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee. “Her records sound as good today as they ever did. That she has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace, especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted.”
I selected one of my favorite songs by Summer, 1989′s “This Time I Know It’s For Real” to send her off in style.