This really is bad, girls.
Donna Summer – the undisputed Queen of Disco – died this morning, reports TMZ.
She was just 63, and had been battling cancer.
Even if you’re too young to remember the glory days of polyester leisure suits, platforms and disco balls, Summer’s music was still a part of your life, with hits like “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls” and “Heaven Knows.”
She even made the cringe-worthy Rod McKuen song “MacArthur Park” hip by giving it a danceable beat and her own incredible vocals.
Her life wasn’t without controversy – her too-realistic ecstatic vocals on “Love to Love You Baby” got her banned on some radio stations, and she caught flak for some anti-gay remarks back in the 80’s – but she remained a popular presence in the recording studio and on concert tours. (She even performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2009.)
Summer had three children by her two husbands, Mimi, Brooklyn and Amanda, and was the grandmother of four.
Rest in peace, Donna Summer. Your legacy will live for years to come on dance floors everywhere.
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