Disco queen Donna Summer,whose pulsing anthems such as Last Dance, Love to Love You Baby and Bad Girl became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex,drugs,dance and flashy clothes,has died. She was 63.
Her family released a statement,saying Summer died Thursday morning and that they are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.
Words truly cant express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time, the statement read. She had been living in Englewood,Florida,with her husband Bruce Sudano.
Summer came to prominence just as disco was burgeoning,and came to define the era with a string of No 1 hits and her beauty queen looks.
Disco became as much defined by her sultry,sexual vocals her bedroom moans and sighs as the relentless,pulsing rhythms of the music itself.
Love to Love You Baby,was her first hit and one of the most scandalous songs of the polyester-and-platform-heel era.
Unlike some other stars of disco who faded as the music became less popular,Summer was able to grow beyond it and later segued to a pop-rock sound. She had one of her biggest hits in the 1980s with She Works Hard For The Money,which became another anthem,this time for womens rights.
Soon after,Summer became a born-again Christian and faced controversy when she was accused of making anti-gay comments in relation to the AIDS epidemic. Summer denied making the comments,but was the target of a boycott.
Still,even as disco went out of fashion she remained a fixture in dance clubs,endlessly sampled and remixed into contemporary dance hits.