Donna Summer, ‘Queen of Disco,’ Dead at 63

TMZ is reporting that Donna Summer, the ‘Queen of Disco,’ died today of cancer. She was 63.

Summer is perhaps best known for her mid-70s tracks “Love to Love You Baby,” produced by Giorgio Moroder which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1976, and “I Feel Love,” which went to No. 6. She had three No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 in the late 1970s with “Hot Stuff,” “MacArthur Park” and “Bad Girls.” She won 5 Grammy Awards throughout her career.

Other well-known Summer classics include “Last Dance” and “She Works Hard for the Money.”

Her work with Moroder, an Italian producer, is considered a forerunner to electronic dance music.

According to the report she was in Florida at the time. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, and four grandchildren.

Donna Summer performs onstage with the vocal group Brooklyn Dreams which consisted of Joe Esposito, Eddie Hokenson and Bruce Sudano, on February 20, 1979 in Los Angeles, California.
Queen of Disco Donna Summer performs onstage in circa 1979.
Donna Summer gets a lift from body builder, future movie star and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger at her home in April 1977 in Los Angeles, California.
Donna Summer in 1976
Donna Summer poses holding her American Music Award trophy which she won for Favorite Pop Rock Female Artist on January 18, 1980 in Los Angeles, California.
Donna Summer poses for a portrait with singers Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. of the R&B vocal group 5th Dimension at the Billboard Number 1 Music Awards in circa 1980.