Thursday, May 17, 2012
RIP Queen of Disco, Donna Summer
TMZ reported that Donna Summer, known as the "Queen of Disco" in the late 70's and early '80's, died today of lung cancer at the age of 63.
She was a five time Grammy winner with several number one hits, eleven gold albums, and the first African American to receive an MTV Video Music Awards nomination. Some of her better known hits are "I Feel Love", "Bad Girls", "Dim All The Lights", "She Works Hard For The Money", "Dim All The Lights", "Last Dance", "Heaven Knows", a "MacArthur Park" cover, "On The Radio and a strange duet with Barbra Streisand "Enough Is Enough" that was the title soundtrack to "The Main Event" starring Ryan O'Neill. The latter, although the movie flopped, became someone of an anthem for feminists.
Although I never got into the whole "disco" thing, I have fond memories of dancing to her songs in high school at school dances. She had a compelling voice and her tunes were very danceable.
On television she had a presence and she sounded as good "live" as she did on her albums (which is not always true with today's artists). She made a horrid song, "MacArthur Park" almost likeable.
Back when "Hot Stuff", which I think was her best song, came out then there was some controversy over come adults thinking "Hot Stuff" being too racy. In looking at the lyrics now, I can more see their point where it sounds like it is about a nymphomaniac looking for a booty call and it doesn't matter who, but at the time my young mind interpreted it as she was just looking for good looking guy to be her date for the dance.
My prayers go out to her family, friends and fans.