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Disco legend Donna Summer dies

Singer Donna Summer has lost her battle with cancer, passing away at her home in Florida, according to TMZ.

Summer, who was 63, was best known for hits like I Feel Love and She Works Hard For The Money. She found fame in the 70s and was a leading artist in the disco movement. You think of disco, you think of Donna.

Over her career she was nominated for 12 Grammys and won five including Best R&B Vocal Performance for Last Dance and Best Rock Vocal Performance for Hot Stuff. According to Billboard magazine, Donna Summer was the eighth most successful female recording artist of all time.

Celebrities from all genres of music were quick to pay their respects to the singer.

Alex Kapranos, lead singer of Franz Ferdinand, tweeted: "There are few dancefloor songs that can match I Feel Love. RIP Donna."

Legendary producer Nile Rodgers of Chic was inconsolable, tweeting: "For the last half hour or so I've been lying in my bed crying and stunned. Donna Summer RIP"

La Toya Jackson added: "My condolences to #Donna Summer's family & loved ones. She will be terribly missed. She was truly the #Disco Queen!"

So much more than just a voice to a dance beat, Donna Summer was an innovator and integral to the success of disco. She courted controversy with her overtly sexual noises on Love To Love You (Baby) – a song she was only meant to appear on the demo of. But when producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte heard her version they decided to release it.

Outside of disco, she continued to have a successful career, experimenting with new wave and rock. She worked with Quincy Jones and found success with a more pop sound in the 80s with hits like Love's Unkind.

What's your favourite Donna Summer song? Leave your tributes on Twitter @MusicOnVM.

Donna Summer in her disco heyday

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17-05-2012