Thursday, 17 May 2012

Tributes pour in for Donna Summer

Disco queen Donna Summer has died aged 63. Famous for disco classics including I Feel Love and Love To Love You Baby, her legacy was praised by stars including Dolly Parton, Sir Elton John and Kylie amongst many many others. 

Her family said they were "at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy". Kylie Minogue described her as "one of my earliest musical inspirations", while Dolly Parton said "she was the disco queen and will remain so". Sir Elton  said Summer was more than the "queen of disco", adding: "Her records sound as good today as they ever did. Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes said: "It's extremely rare that you hear one song that completely changes the way you perceive music. I Feel Love achieved that." and singer Marc Almond recalled how Summer's work with Italian synthesiser pioneer Giorgio Moroder had "changed the face of music and changed my life". Finally soul legend  Aretha Franklin said it was "shocking to hear about the passing of Donna Summer. In the 70s, she reigned over the disco era and kept the disco jumping. Who will forget “Last Dance.” A fine performer and a very nice person.”

Donna Summer Sudano died after a battle against lung cancer which she believed she contracted from inhaling toxic particles after the September 11 terrorist attack in new York in  2001

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