- Published on Thursday, May 17 2012
- Written by Katie Marzullo
Wow, the music world has taken quite a few hits lately, hasn’t it? Early this morning, we were dealt another sad blow when it was reported that Donna Summer, one of the pioneers of the disco movement, passed away at the far-too-young age of 63 after a battle with breast cancer.
As with all great artists who leave us too soon, we can take solace in the wonderful legacy that they have left behind. And Ms. Summer was no slouch in that department. With a career spanning over 3 decades, Donna released an astonishing 17 studio albums, starting in 1974 all the way as recently as 2008. Just like her 1983 hit, she worked hard for the money! She was crowned the “Queen of Disco” and for good reason, as she was on the forefront of the musical movement in the 1970s. But even when the big disco backlash came in 1980, Donna remained firmly in the mainstream, evolving her sound with the times and keeping it fresh and creating the soundtrack to female empowerment for generations to come.
So, on this terribly sad day, let’s remember Donna Summer for all the wonderful music she brought to the world and be thankful that she was able to share it with us for as long as she did! Check out some of Donna’s greatest hits below (including her 1979 duet with Barbra Streisand, “No More Tears [Enough is Enough]”, which holds a special place for me as it was the #1 song in the country the week I was born!):
- Katie Marzullo, YH Staff Editor
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