Thursday, May 17, 2012

ICONIC TRIBUTE: Donna Summer Passes Away at Age 63


In a world where the term "diva" is as overused as a MAC machine in an Atlantic City  casino,  DONNA SUMMER stands as a reminder of what true divadom is. She's got talent, class, style and a stack of gold and platinum records that's the envy of Fort Knox - yet at heart she still remains an "Ordinary Girl."  

Legendary disco singer Donna Summer died Thursday after a battle with cancer, sources close to the singer confirmed to She was 63.
"Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith," family of the singer said in a statement.
"While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can't express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time."

Often called the Queen of Disco, Summer was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on Dec. 31, 1948, in Boston. She began singing early in the church choir and by her teens had formed several musical groups. 
Her sound was a mix of genres, and helped her earn Grammy Awards in the dance, rock, R&B and inspirational categories.

Her first album, "Lady of the Night," arrived in 1974 in Europe, and 1975's "Love to Love You Baby" brought her worldwide fame. 
In the 1978 disco film "Thank God it's Friday," her song "Last Dance" won Summer her first Grammy. 

Summer's soaring vocals on "She Works Hard for the Money" brought her a Best Pop Vocal Performance Award in 1984. 
In the mid-1980s, Summer encountered controversy when she was accused of making anti-gay comments related to AIDS. She claimed she had been misquoted but not before thousands of her records were returned and dance clubs boycotted her music.

Summer holds the record for most consecutive double albums to hit number one on the Billboard charts (three) and was the first female to have four number one singles in a 12-month period: three as a solo artist and one as a duo with Barbra Streisand, CBS said.

She released her last album, "Crayons," in 2008. She also performed on "American Idol" that year with its top female contestants. 

Words cannot describe the sadness I have felt over losing another one of my favorite singers, being in the shadow of the late, great Whitney Houston. It seems like all of the GOOD ONES are leaving us to soon. We will miss you Ms. Summer you truly were a FABULOUS ICON. Im sure God had to dust off the disco ball in storage when you entered HEAVEN. May you forever rest in peace!


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