Friday, May 18, 2012

Donna Summer: The Queen

I've decided to make a pause on the lookback at the Cannes Film Festival to pay tribute to one of the most impressive and influential voices in music history.

Donna Summer, "The Queen of Disco", whose music became the soundtrack of the 70s and 80s, passed away at the age of 63 on May 17th, 2012. An unexpected and shocking death to us, her millions of fans worldwide.

Donna was a living legend, whose voice still reached those high notes although more than 35 years had passed since her debut hit "Love to Love You Baby" in 1975. Summer's pairing with Disco producer Giorgio Moroder delivered to audiences worldwide for decades, even after Disco faded away, hits such as: "I Feel Love", "Could It Be Magic", "Mac Arthur Park", "Bad Girls", "Hot Stuff", "The Deep", "Last Dance", "Heaven Knows", "Our Love", "Enough is Enough" (with Barbra Streisand), and "Try Me I Know We Can Make It", just to mention some and not make it seem like the tracklist for one of her many compilation CDs.

After Disco disappeared in the early 80s, Donna Summer decided to evolve into a more rock-pop sound with hits such as "She Works Hard For The Money" and "This Time I Know It's For Real (produced by Stock Aiken Waterman).

The 90s and 00s were a time where Donna became the subject of many compilation and Disco revival CDs, while she successfully toured worldwide, moving audiences like 30 years before.

Her influence is not only limited to music and being the soundtrack of our lives, Donna influenced fashion as well with her floral print dresses, buttferly sleeves, and floral hairdos.

Below a photo of Donna Summer with Michael Jackson.

Rest in Peace Donna, you may not be anymore physically with us, but your music and voice will live on forever. 

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