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Donna Summer: The Queen Of Disco Lost To Cancer; 5/17/12

MIKE'S DAILY JUKEBOX: Donna Summer: The Queen Of Disco Lost To Cancer; 5/17/12

Friday, May 18, 2012

Donna Summer: The Queen Of Disco Lost To Cancer; 5/17/12

Donna Summer, The Queen Of Disco, lost her fight with cancer on Thursday, May 17, 2012.   Like Whitney Houston and Adam Yauch, Donna's music defined her genre.   Her voice and style became the standard for R&B/disco singers that followed her lead.  Donna Summer songs like "Last Dance", "Bad Girls", and "She Works Hard For the Money" became the soundtrack of the lives of her fans.     Here are some special Donna Summer videos.
Disco with big rock guitars!   The Rolling Stones, Queen, and Rod Stewart quickly released similar rock themed disco hits.  This song features Jeff Baxter from the Doobie Brothers on lead guitar and this song is on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest ROCK songs ever.

"ON THE RADIO"  (Long Version)   
This version finishes the story that the original single hints at.   Play it from start to finish to get the full impact.   Powerful diva vocals, great love story song with a hot dance beat.   Jennifer Lopez covered this song in 2010, produced by Boy George.

Being a disco artist brought Donna a lot of popularity with the gay community.   Donna was a devout Christian and made some comments about AIDS being a punishment that branded her as anti-gay and almost killed her career.   She vehemently denied the claims and apologized for the confusion.   "Forgive Me" is one of the finest modern gospel-tinged songs of the 80's.

Reportedly 22 orgasmic moments in this legendary disco song produced by Giorgio Moroder (Flashdance).   Donna's erotic moans fueled one of the first extended version disco hits and got the song banned in multiple countries.


Released in the early 80's on "The Wanderer", Donna wasn't afraid to take risks and put a religious themed song on her pop/dance album.   You've got to love the rousing inspirational choir added to the chorus.   R.I.P. Donna!

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