Legendary disco diva Donna Summer has died of cancer, aged 63. We look back on a career at the vanguard of pop music.
Summer came to prominence with 1975 single ‘Love To Love You Baby’, an epic saucy slice of proto-disco.
Written with Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, ‘Love To Love You Baby’ would go Top 5 in the UK and No.2 in the Billboard charts.
Summer and Moroder soon moved on to record disco classic ‘I Feel Love’, a UK No.1 in 1977.
Summer with her award for Top Disco Artist Of The Year at the Billboard Number 1 Music Awards in Santa Monica, Ca., Dec. 11, 1977.
In 1978, Summer appeared in the movie Thank God It’s Friday and later won a Grammy for her song from the film, ‘Last Dance’
Joan Baez and Summer perform at the UNICEF concert, United Nations Building, New York, 1978.
An unexpected cover of ‘MacArthur Park’ gave Summer her first No.1 single at home in 1979.
1979 was a fruitful year for Summer and Moroder as her reputation was cemented by massive global hits ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘Bad Girls’.
Summer with the three awards she won at the American Music Awards in 1979.
The end of the 70s also saw Summer duet with Barbra Streisand on ‘No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)’.
At the Billboard Number 1 Music Awards with George Benson, Stevie Wonder and Glen Campbell.
Summer in 1982 with Michael Jackson at the peak of his career.
The mid-80s saw the hits dry up for Summer before she returned as part of the Stock Aitken Waterman stable with 1989 Top 3 hit ‘This Time I Know It’s For Real’.
The 90s featured a mini-revival as classics ‘I Feel Love’ and the Jon & Vangelis cover ‘State Of Independence’ were remixed and re-released for a new audience.
In 2009 Summer performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, in honour of President Barack Obama.