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In Memory Donna Summer

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Published on May 28, 2012

In Memory Donna Summer

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This is for the die-hard Donna Summer fans out there.

A very serious and sad video portraying a slide show of pictures of the late Donna Summer.

I myself am a huge Donna Summer fan owning nearly all her records and was deeply shocked to hear on the morning of the 18th of May that Donna had passed away from cancer.

LaDonna Adrian Gaines 31st December, 1948 -- 17th May, 2012), known by the stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. She had a mezzo-soprano vocal range, and was a five-time Grammy Award winner. Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the United States Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period.

Born into a devoutly Christian lower middle class African American family in Boston, Massachusetts, Summer first became involved with singing through church choir groups before joining a number of bands influenced by the Motown Sound. Influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, she became the front singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. Joining a touring version of the musical Hair, she spent several years living in West Germany, where she married Helmut Sommer, whose surname she adopted as her stage name.

Returning to the United States, Summer co-wrote the song "Love to Love You Baby" with Pete Bellotte; music producer Giorgio Moroder convinced her to sing it herself, and it was released to mass commercial success in 1975, particularly on the disco scene. Over the following years, Summer followed this success with a string of other disco hits, such as "I Feel Love", "MacArthur Park", "Hot Stuff" and "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)". Becoming known as the "Queen of Disco", she regularly appeared at the Studio 54 club in New York City, while her music gained a particularly large following within the gay community, for whom she became a gay icon. Struggling with drug addiction and depression, she subsequently became a born-again Christian.

Summer died on the morning of May 17, 2012, at her home in Englewood, Florida at the age of 63. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer not related to smoking, (although there is a small chance that hereditary caused it) as her mother also passed away from lung cancer, reportedly being a non-smoker. She believed she contracted the illness by inhaling toxic particles following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. Summer is survived by her husband Bruce Sudano, their daughters Brooklyn and Amanda, as well as her daughter Mimi from a previous marriage. Her funeral was held in Nashville, Tennessee on May 23, 2012. Her body was buried in Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

Being a born-again christian, She was not afraid of dying as she knew she would meet with her lord and saviour in the white tower.

Rest In Peace

Music performed and composed by Curtis Lawyer.

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