Disco diva and 5-time Grammy Award winner, Donna Summer passed away earlier today in Florida at the age of 63. The ‘Queen of Disco’ as she is popularly referred to died after a battle with cancer. Her family confirmed her death on Thursday morning.

Those close to Donna Summers, admitted that the legendary superstar who was known for such mega-hits as ‘Last Dance’ and ‘Bad Girls’, has been trying to hide how sick she was in the past weeks.

Born in 1948, the dance-music star was the first artiste ever to score three back-to-back No. 1 double albums, and was nominated–but not chosen–for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. She is credited with influencing stars ranging from Madonna and Michael Jackson, to Beyonce and Rihanna. Her last album, Crayons, was released in 2008.

Here are some of the highlights of the singer’s music career;

In 1974, Donna Summer released her first album titled ‘Lady of the Night’ which consisted of one of her first big hits, ‘The Hostage’

 

 

A year later, she came out with another famous hit ‘Love to Love You Baby’. Summer moaned her way through all 16 minutes and 48 seconds of this breakthrough track for the demo just to see how ‘sexily’ she can interprete the song. The single version that was released edited out the 13 minutes of mostly wordless sensuality.

By early 1976, “Love To Love You Baby” had reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, while the parent album of the same name sold over a million copies.

Here is the unedited and long version;

In 1976, she released a third album, ‘The Love Trilogy’.

 

Donna Summer: 1976 in London, United Kingdom.

 

From The Love Trilogy album, here is ‘Try Me I Know We Can Make It’

In 1977, she released another album which had her hit song ‘I Feel Love’, a song that made it to Number 6 in the US and number 1 in the UK Charts.

Donna Summer at the 1977 Billboard Music Awards

In 1978, she released her most successful album yet, ‘Bad Girl’ which spawned the number one hits ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘Last Dance’

January 10th 1979. Donna Summer and daughter Mimi sighting in Los Angeles, California.

In 1983 she released the album ‘She Works Hard For The Money’ which went on to earn her a grammy nomination. The title song became a hit reaching number three on the US Hot 100.

In 1991, Summer released the new jack swing style album Mistaken Identity. It did not sell well, but did contain the #18 R&B hit “When Love Cries”

Donna Summer and her husband Bruce Sudano at "A Midsummer Night's Party to Benefit 'MusiCares'" in 1995.

Some of Summer’s greatest dance hit include “Carry On” and “Melody of Love (Wanna Be Loved)” charted on the US Dance Chart, with “Melody of Love” reaching number one on that chart and also reaching number 21 on the UK Singles Chart.

Donna Summer in Concert at Universal Amphitheatre at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California in 1999.

In 2008, Summer released her first studio album of fully original material in 17 years, entitled ‘Crayons’. An album which peaked at #17 on the US Top 200 Album Chart (her highest placing on the chart since 1983), and achieved modest international success.

 

 

Donna Summer during 'Divas 2000' Tribute to Diana Ross at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States.

 

In August 2010, she released the single “To Paris With Love”, co-written with Bruce Roberts and produced by Peter Stengaard. In October 2010, the single reached #1 on the US Billboard Dance Chart.

Donna Summer performing with Elton John and Barry Manilow at the Fifth Annual White Tie & Tiara Ball to Benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation in Association with Chopard in 2003

 

Donna Summer is survived by her adult daughters Mimi (by her first husband, actor Helmuth Sommer), Brooklyn and Amanda (by second husband Bruce Sudano).

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