Tributes have been paid to Donna Summer following the death of the singer who epitomised disco’s golden era.
She was 63 and died in Florida after battling cancer.
Her performances from recent years were rare but she will be remembered for a string of hits from the 1970s and into the 80s.
Elton John said she was more than the “Queen of Disco”. Mary J Blige described her as “truly a game changer”. Producer Quincy Jones said her voice was the “heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade”.
Working with Giorgio Moroder, she first found fame in 1975 with “Love to Love You Baby”. The rhythm of “I Feel Love” was described as ahead of its time and set a trend for electronic dance. Other hits followed including “Bad Girls”, “Hot Stuff” and “She Works Hard for the Money”.
As her career evolved, she developed a more pop-rock sound. Donna Summer won five Grammys and sold more than 130 million records worldwide.
The former gospel choir singer was also known for being a born-again Christian. During the AIDS epidemic in the 80s, she was associated with anti-gay comments but denied making them.
Her last album came four years ago after a 17-year break from recording. However for many of her fans she will be remembered for kicking off the disco era.
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