Donna Summer, 1948-2012

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Donna Summer, 1948-2012

Legendary disco diva Donna Summer has died of cancer, aged 63. We look back on a career at the vanguard of pop music.

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Donna Summer, 1948-2012

Summer came to prominence with 1975 single 'Love To Love You Baby', an epic saucy slice of proto-disco.

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Donna Summer, 1948-2012

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.

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Summer and Moroder soon moved on to record disco classic 'I Feel Love', a UK No.1 in 1977.

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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.

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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'

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Joan Baez and Summer perform at the UNICEF concert, United Nations Building, New York, 1978.

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An unexpected cover of 'MacArthur Park' gave Summer her first No.1 single at home in 1979.

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1979 was a fruitful year for Summer and Moroder as her reputation was cemented by massive global hits 'Hot Stuff' and 'Bad Girls'.

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Summer with the three awards she won at the American Music Awards in 1979.

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The end of the 70s also saw Summer duet with Barbra Streisand on 'No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)'.

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At the Billboard Number 1 Music Awards with George Benson, Stevie Wonder and Glen Campbell.

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Summer in 1982 with Michael Jackson at the peak of his career.

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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'.

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Donna Summer, 1948-2012

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.

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In 2009 Summer performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, in honour of President Barack Obama.

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