- Breast cancer
- OP = Barbra Streisand
- Shit, it's true.
- I don't think anyone believes it.
- Wikipedia has it. (How do they do that so fucking fast?)
- R6 anyone can go on wiki and edit, add and delete.
- It's become clear in the past year or two that we're the point where 60s and 70s legends are going to start dying in droves. Depressing.
- It's all over Google
- TMZ has it
- What OP said. I really can't think of anything else to say.
- I didn't know she was that sick.
- Someone left her cake out in the rain one too many times.
- RIP. We loved you so much!
- We'll need another DL filter: "Gossip" "Politics" and "Donna Summer"
- ONE OF THE GREATEST SINGERS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Oh HELL to the NO.
This is my death year.
- Where is that bitch Dionne Warwick? She's bumpin them off!
- The Last Dance.
- Loved her and this.
- RIP, Donna. We all felt love with your astounding voice.
- Now, don't get me wrong. God loves her, but not what she did. Cancer is her sin!
- NY Post has it now on their front page.
Disco Summer is DEAD
- Wow. She had lost lot of weight and I think everyone thought it had been intentional; part of a new recording contract or something. Amazingly sad. A truly great voice.
- Do you think Last Dance will be played in a gay bar tonight?
- I'm tearing up
- Wow - RIP in Peace Donna
- I'm gutted by this.
- Cue the usual witless replies, such as R13 and R20.
Dim all the lights, sweet darlin'...
There, use that one on facebook, asshats.
- Now she's in heaven with Adam and Steve.
- Oh how sad. I didn't know she was ill.
- Some people will do anything to avoid the sin of homosexuality!
- Wow - that is a shock. Really loved her music, from childhood to today. And such a fun performer in concert. RIP.
- So sad, I was just watching a clip of her the other day thinking she was doing fine and still working.
- So great.
- It's Adam and Eve, NOT Adam and Steve, R31! You're a faggot going to hell. Read your Bible!
- In my youth, I've saw Donna live several times.
The last time was about 15 years ago in Boston. My friends and I where hopped up on valium and wine coolers (we were a classy bunch). She was great of course.
But one moment stayed with me and to this day when I think of it I smile.
At the time Donna was a heavy on the bottom. She had a big ole butt. She comes out dress in this white Marilyn Monroe Gentleman Prefer Blondes dress with coordinating hair and fan blowing the dress. Donna walks center stage and belts out "Don't Cry for Me Argentina".
Never of it made any sense. But it was fabulous and she sang it perfectly. I just never understood the dress and hair.
- Aww dammit.
- This is so fucking sad.
- And Madonna still gets to roam the earth.
- I can't even breath right my now! I'm crying so hard!
- R1, lung cancer, not breast cancer.
- Didn't she once say that AIDS was God's retribution against gays?
I guess she was a gay icon at one time, but I don't understand why. Because she was a popular disco singer? Because she looked like a tranny? I never understood all the gay love for her. To me she was just another flashy disco singer, nothing really interesting about her at all.
- Wow this is very sad. Her music was such a part of a long period of my 20s and 30s and to hear some of it today transports me back in such specific detail to clubs and to people that have ceased to exist except in memory. I know that she has the controversy of having uttered some stupid things but to hear Spring Affair and to be at 1270 in Boston once again is just too important to deny.
- Part of my youth.
Goodbye Donna, you could have been classier about the gays, but thanks for the music.
- She was not anti-gay. Some lie gets passed around years ago and people hold it up as truth even with the evidence against it. Jeez.
- When I was 10 years old one of the first 45's I ever bought was On The Radio :(
- Someone should start a thread about this.
- [quote] I've saw Donna . . . never of it made any sense.
Honey, time to lay off the Valium and wine coolers.
- Reminds me of gay bars and roller rinks!!
- Put on "I Feel Love" and THANK HER R45!!!!
- [quote]Didn't she once say that AIDS was God's retribution against gays?
She always denied it, and she successfully sued [italic]New York[/italic] magazine for stating that she did.
- go butt fuck yourself with a rusty rake r45.
- the white Marilyn dress isn't Gentlemen Prefer Blonds. It's The Seven Year Itch.
- I met her three years back in LA after her show at The Greek. I didn't want to get in the photo as I was carrying extra weight and didn't want to ruin it. She was so nice and gave me little talk about what matters is inside and that she was THE really fat one of the group and was happy to take the photo andfor me to get the heck in the picture. I was with my male partner and she was totally cool with us. I feel horrible and sad that she was forever "paying' for any ignorance about AIDS , gays etc. - even if is NOT substantiated/documented.
RIP You were a star, a voice so unique and filled my youth with great music and happy memories.
Rest in Peace
- Was that the Ivy Marilyn or the Karen Marilyn??
- ...and Besse Cooper is still kicking at 115...
Besse Cooper Troll
- sorry R20, i meant R19.
- Hello r47 at 1270 in Boston. I was there too. Great club, good times.
- Wow! That's sad!
- Hey R62...the 12 was the place everyone came out. this brings it all back..Also Darts
- Wow, this one kind of shocks me. Donna always gave the impression of being fit/healthy and there were no major news stories about terminal cancer. I never would have guessed Aretha with all her yo yo dieting and sometimes-morbid obesity would outlive both Donna and Whitney.
- Hello r47 and r62 -- there too, but only after my punk ass was dragged in kicking and screaming.
- Front row center Pittsburgh 1978(?). So many dances.
- TMZ is saying it was lung cancer from the 9/11 toxic depre she inhaled.
- Sad that she smoked. BOO. They take another treasure.
- TMZ is now reporting that she believed she had been exposed to toxic debris after 9/11.
- Donna Summer's "AIDS" comment = Lauryn Hill's "I don't want white people buying my music" comment.
- The Gay Myth that still haunts Her Highness Donna.
- She was allegedly hiv+ since the mid 90`s , most likely died of AIDS related pneumonia.
- Then a lot of us are in trouble, R71. Not that she's wrong...
- What's with all the black singers dying?
- I've put on "Once Upon a Time" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Stop posting bullshit, I don't believe!
- Please! This can't be true!!! NOOOO!!!!'
- Once Upon a Time is her and Giorgio's masterpiece...The whole album is electro heaven.
- I liked her Stock-Aitken-Waterman stuff as much as her disco stuff.
- I'm going to put on "Hot Stuff" and think good things about a lovely lady...
- So sad, loved her voice and music.
But, do you ever wonder what it was like for someone like Barbra to hear about this? Was she surfing the net and happened to see it on TMZ or Dlisted? Did she cry out to James to come see and then start crying because they had a nice record together and made lots of money from it? Then did she have some Donna music put on her sound system and dance around to "Bad Girls" or "On The Radio" or "Last Dance?" I like to think she did.
- [quote]Because she looked like a tranny?
Not that I'm disagreeing but girlfriend couldn't dance or even sway to the music to save her life. She never wore high heels except on stage and she wobbled dangerously on them.
Her lack of coordination and rhythm (dispelling racist beliefs that all black people can dance) combined with the wigs that everyone wore at that time) didn't help with the trannie rumors.
- R84, I'm certain that however Babs handled it, she made it all about herself.
- Can't wait to see the endless montages on YouTube, set to the tune of Last Dance.
That's when I'll post my montage of the montages set to No More Tears (Enough is Enough).
- A montage to "Diam All the Lights" is what I prefer
- I agree R81. I love that album.
- "depre", r69? DEPRE? What the fuck sort of retard ARE you, exactly? Good fucking GRIEF!
- Amamzon takes off their "Prime 2-day free shipping" for members on all Donna Summer music.
- One thing I've found is that love for Donna Summer mostly stays within her generation: there are exceptions (I'm sure I'll get responses from posters saying, "What do you mean? I'm 20 and I lvoe Donna Summer..."), but for the most part, she was gigantic with gay men who were over the age of 16 during the disco era--she's translated less well across the generations as Streisand or Garland did, despite her great talent.
- Sorry I misspelled dabree. Don't be so mean to me, just be greatful you didn't inhail any.
- R92, that seems true. I am a mid-80s kid in terms of pop music/culture and Donna was mostly a has-been by then. She scored a few hits post-disco but they didn't stand out as innovative or "wow" in any way, not like her 70s stuff was at the time.
- I knew she would eventually but in:
[quote]The singer Dionne Warwick expressed her sadness at losing a great performer and "dear friend." Warwick said in a statement: "My heart goes out to her husband and her children. Prayers will be said to keep them strong."
(Just as soon as I expropriate this for my own gain!)
- Cruel Summer is gone.
- I didn't really get into her music until that great Quincy Jones album with her marvellous version of "Lush Life" and those hits like "Love is in Control" and "State of Independence", it doesnt seem to be on cd though, and the "Bad Girls" album.
Well, we dont want to lose Aretha too this year ...
has Dionne Warwick commented ?
- Irene Cara? You in danger, girl.
- Can anybody post a full list of her best songs? I was a baby when she was a star and although I know some of her biggest hits, I don't really know enough about her music in general.
- I thought money buys health?
- R97, State of Independence is on her greatest hits CD.
State of Independence and This Time I Know its for Real are my favorite DS songs and neither is from the disco era.
- R97 - Figer ont he Trigger (love is in control) is on the 2 cd The Donna Summer Anthology
- Start with her first vocal performance....
- Finger on the trigger always reminded me of the album "thriller"
- Then her second.....
- Then her second official single...
"Lady of the Night"
Which could have easily fit on the "Bad Girls" album....
- Three essential cds R99 are I Remember Yesterday, Once Upon a Time and Bad Girls. She and Moroder became stars with these three and both were catapulted beyond the confines of "mere" dance music. There are also major songs on other cds but you really need to listen to each of these three to get some idea why she meant so much to so many.
- Finger on the Trigger reminds me of the Boatslip in Ptown
- Best Songs:
"Love to Love You Baby" - her first, considered shocking for a Top Ten hit.
"I Feel Love" - considered groundbreaking, introudcing techno to mainstream
"Last Dance" - Oscar winner, I think.
"Hot Stuff" - rock/dance hybrid - made her the first female to win a Rock Grammy, I think.
"Bad Girls" - her biggest hit.
"She Works Hard For the Money" - her biggest of the 80s.
But I also love:
"Try Me, I Know We Can Make It," "Could It Be Magic," "Heaven Knows," "I Love You," "Our Love," "Once Upon a Time," "Love Is In Control," "I Will Go With You," "Love's About to Change My Heart"
- I Feel Love
Could It Be Magic
Love to Love You Baby
On The Radio
Dim All The Lights
No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)
State Of Independence
She Works Hard For The Money
This Time I Know It's For Real
- I'm really trying to understand why some love her so much. I find her music boring, cheesy, and so stuck in a time. I do not, at all, identify her as a gay icon. The only song I know she sang is Last Dance. And I cringe every time I hear it.
I'm not that young (33). So that's not it. And, I can appreciate other great artists that came before my time; it's not as if I only like artists that are of my generation. But I just can't seem to grasp Donna. Oh well.
I do think it's very sad and hope her family and friends are coping okay.
- My grandma has her music. I think I heard her song.
- How many people know that "Love To Love You Baby" was inspired by Serge Gainsbourg's "Je t'aime... moi non plus"?
- "I Remember Yesterday." Retro fun à la "Cherchez La Femme."
- It's okay to feel that way, R111. Everyone has a right to their opinion, but lots of people feel very differently.
That is all.
- That's okay, R111. You'll always have Britney.
- "Could It Be Magic?" Barry Manilow cover that Donna made her own.
- If you only know one of her songs, how can you be sure that you find her music "boring" and "cheesy"? Try a few more, maybe you'll like them.
- Disco seemed to peak with Hot Stuff/Bad Girls
And it was hugely thrilling to be on the dance floor when Hot Stuff morphed and mixed with the intro to Bad Girls!
- First time I walked into a gay bar they were playing "Enough is Enough" - nuf' said.
- I heard it on the radio.
Lord, for those of us who remember her when she hit, just about everyone else since then has been derivative, even Madonna. Summer had a lush, direct, vulnerable-but-in-control style and she epitomized everything the disco craze was about.
No one better at it.
- Or when Rumour Has It blended into I Love You. Popper scented memories.
- I have "Celebration" by Madonna but a funny thing happened when I listened to most of Madonna's hits side by side - they seemed flat and joyless. Her vocals didn't help.
Summer's songs are still infectious and make you want to dance.
- Amen, R121. A vocal powerhouse who didn't resort to oversinging.
- Donna was recording multiple albums in the last few years, and also had a ton of older unreleased music in the vaults. Hopefully her family is going to get a lot of that music released, and why not quickly so she can have one last hit album? They don't need the money, her fortune is estimated at 75 million, it'd just be for the fans.
For people who think she was just disco and the 70s, she had a string of 4 #1 dance club hits since 2008. That doesn't quite match Lady Gaga's dance chart success the last few years, but it's damn close.
- I lost Donna Summer. And it feels like somebody took my heart and dropped it into a bucket of boiling tears. At the same time somebody else is hitting my soul in the crotch with a frozen sledgehammer. And then a third guy walks in and starts punching me in the grief bone and I'm crying and nobody can hear me because I'm terribly, terribly, terribly, alone.
- When I was a 9-year-old gayling, I walked 2 miles to TSS (Times Square Stores) on Long Island to buy the 45 record of "Enough is Enough". If I didn't know I was going to be gay, the clerk at that store certainly did.
- [quote]I'm not that young (33).
That means you were born in '79 and yes, you are too young to "get it". She was huge during the disco era, which was pretty much over by then.
I'm an eldergay (56) and she is part of that era for me.
- You're not alone R126. You are in good company here and with many of us all over the world who are feeling the same way....
You are not alone!!!!
- I was a kid when Bad Girls came out. My brother and I would sing along to the end of the song - "Hey mister, have you got a dime? Mister, do you wanna spend some time?" etc. Our parents never batted an eye. The 70s were a great time to be a kid!
I'm surprised how sad I am, like I want to cry at work. Mary!
- I know you don't have to be a smoker to get lung cancer, but I was shocked to know of how many singers are smokers. Was Donna a smoker?
- I'm scripting a tribute episode for Season 4 as we speak.
- She was a smoker in the 60s and 70s, but stopped in 1980 when she became born again. It's being reported that Donna thought she contracted lung cancer from toxic dust from 9/11. She was in NYC on 9/11. She also had a sister that died of lung cancer in the early 90s. She said at the time it was like watching herself die.
- I'm about 33 myself ('Bad Girls' was #1 the week I was born in '79) and I may be too young to fully "get it", but I still think Donna Summer was phenomenal and have listened and enjoyed all of her albums (some of which was cheese, most of it not) and I'm really so sad about this news. Her and Giorgio Moroder crafted such sophisticated and stylish music. Same goes for Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic. I wish I came of age in that era to have fully enjoyed it all at its peak.
- Thanks everybody.
r109 and r110 thanks for those lists. I actually know quite a few on those lists. Although they were before my time I grew up listening to disco and classic rock and love both.
It feels a little funny to be nostalgic about times you didn't live in.
LOVE disco. Fantastic songs and they really seem to capture the era (the way it seems to me in films). The same applies to classic rock.
r111 I think the reason all these songs are classics is because like I said, they capture the essence and spirit of a whore era.
- Donna Summer died of lung cancer, might of inhaled toxic fumes from 911...talk about your shocker!
- "I'm really trying to understand why some love her so much. I find her music boring, cheesy, and so stuck in a time."
You might want to delve a little more deeply into her catalog of music if you want to understand her relevance. People like Brian Eno and David Bowie both saw her music as "the future," and if you listen to songs like "I Feel Love" you might get an appreciation for how she influenced electronic pop. It still sounds current (and is still being sampled by modern artists).
- Have they booked anyone yet to MC the funeral?
- Just announced on CNN that Barbara Streisand is in shock over the death of Donna Summer. KC of the Sunshine Band was a friend of Donna, who had no idea she had cancer.
- All the love being expressed here is tearing me up even more. .. R.I.P
- Best Album....Once Upon A Time and Bad Girls.
Best Song...MacArthur Park Suite
- This is more shocking to me than the death of Whitney Houston. All the great singing voices are gone! I'm actually crying like a baby as I'm typing this!!
- "Whole era" not "whore era"!
Oh my, lol.......
- "Whole era" not "whore era"!
Oh my, lol.......
- I've never heard her music but I'm sure it's nice. With all the out poring of love for her I feel sorta out of it. Is there a contemporary artist that sounds like her? Maybe Beyonce, Katy, or Nicki?
- Dim all the lights....
- Jesus NO r145!!!
She mops the floor with them!!!
- r145, Assuming your post is not a parody, why don't you just go on YouTube and look up her music rather than stretching to compare her to anyone of today (most of which pale in comparison).
- No need for your attitude r148. I will look her up.
- Uh-oh, r145... you've [italic]pissed off [/italic] r148...
- I'm crying so hard...I just can't express how much I loved her music. I still have her albums from when I was a kid. SO MANY HOURS I spent dancing and singing to her music in my room. At 6 years old she was my EVERYTHING! I had a poster of her in my room and I wanted to be her so bad. I just can't right now...this is too much! My early childhood is flashing before my eyes.
I'm glad she didn't pass on a Friday, because that would have been too much for me.
- Well no one that sounds like a dead ringer, r145. I'm a hardcore Donna fan and I like other wailing dance music divas like Lonnie Gordon (her biggest hit "Happening All Over Again" was written for Donna), Jocelyn Brown, Robin S. Donna had a lot more versatility than any of those though.
About the closest I could say who's contemporary may be like Jennifer Hudson, since she's a belter. I know Jennifer has sung Last Dance in concert. But their voices aren't overly similar.
- I'm sad...I never cry when celebs pass away but I am with her passing.
The youtube video is from Novel prize event in 2009. Can you imagine Mariah or other singers belting it out like her at her age? She's a real LEGEND!
- Donna's last hit song was "She Works Hard For The Money"...loved the video!
- Heaven Knows..
- Thanks r152.
- I loved her.
- Just posted by Streisand on Facebook with a link to the audio of "Enough is Enough":
"I was shocked to hear about Donna. She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented... It's so sad." - Barbra Streisand
- One of the greatest female singers ever. The Queen of Disco RIP!!!
- First Etta, then Whitney, then Donna...
All the divas are dying this year!!! Who's next - Patti LaBelle? Tina Turner?
- She had clit cancer. Very sad, really.
- "Hot Stuff" was the perfect AM radio song to drive to. Roll down the windows, hit the accelerator, and turn it UP!
- Barbara Steisand just posted on Facebook that she loved working with Donna on "Enough is Enough"
- r145, I'm sorry. I wasn't trying to be snarky, I was just genuinely making a suggestion. I apologize if it came across that way.
- Strange, I was humming "MacArthur Park" early this morning, not knowing she was going to pass on.
RIP Donna Summer, I love you so much! :-(
- Remember when Crystle Gayle had a hit with On the Radio?
Those slow, soft songs in the middle of her albums deserve love too.
"On My Honor" and "There Will Always Be a You."
Side 2 of Bad Girls is full of "second-string" Donna from beginning to end, but taken together represents more hit power than the entire career of people like Gloria Gaynor, who was also fabulous before she went off the deep end.
- I used to put a towel on me head and sang Enough is Enough in profile under a lamp. Then I'd turn the lamp up when it got to the disco part and put on a full show.
And yet my mother was still shocked when I came out.
- Sir Elton John in shock and upset over the death of Donna Summer:
Elton John said in a statement that Summer was more than the Queen of Disco.
"Her records sound as good today as they ever did. That she has never been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted," he said. "She is a great friend to me and to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and I will miss her greatly."
- [quote]Gloria Gaynor, who was also fabulous before she went off the deep end.
- R39, the reason she wore the Marilyn dress was an homage to the back cover of her Four Seasons of Love album. There's a photo of it in a You Tube link upthread. Anyway, she nearly always sang Don't Cry For Me Argentina in all tours after '83 when she'd recorded it for her album "I'm A Rainbow" that got shelved till '96. Also, during that Marilyn dress segment she sang "Summer Fever" which I don't thikn she'd performed live since '76 or '77.
Mega Donna Fan...crying as I type...seriously
- lol r167
- I forgot to post this link for r39 and his hopped on valium and wine cooler friends. Good Times.
- Why is it whenever a celeb dies, celebs who didn't even know her have to send their "condolences"? Rihanna's on Twitter talking about how sad it is. Bitch, please! You weren't even alive when she was popular!
- Loved "I'm a Rainbow" and "Dinner with Gershwin"
- R167, that reminds me of the classic Dialing the Phone with the Pencil Thread.
- There we were, discussing the Beatles on a rooftop and Sandra Berhard, and then this.
- What type of cancer was it? Breast Cancer? None of the articles specify - just curious. 63 is pretty young these days.
- Janet Jackson...devastated over the news
- Elton must have always liked Donna's music since remember he did that disco album with one of her producers? Unfortunately it was the much less talented half of the Moroder/Pete Belotte team. The album "Victim of Love" is considered the nadir of Elton's career. Belotte also snuffed out poor France Joli's pop career before it got started, producing a horrible album for her in '83, her major label debut. After a few more flops Belotte finally hobbled off and retired in the mid-80s.
- Thanks for the story, R167! I've been crying all day and needed to laugh. :D
- Is Vadge gonna make a statement to get her share of attention too?
- 181, she did. She tweeted Rest In Peace DS and a link to her song Forbidden Love
- May she rest in peace.
Here is one of my favorite songs by here.
- Fellow TV personality Carson Daly sent his condolences to her family. "We lost the Queen of Disco today, Donna Summer, 63- another victim of that bastard, cancer. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family."
- Kevin Smith:
"Damn... donna summer dies at 63. An unforgettable voice from my childhood, beloved by my Mom & brother," he tweeted. "Let's dance the last dance for her."
- We may get Marriage Equality but what good is it without Donna?
- Ryan Seacrest recalled. "Songs were just classic."
- I wanted her to sing at the passage of ENDA party...
- Breaking: OP is an idiot for using this word in a headline.
- I'm 34 and I grew up listening to Donna Summer. My parents had all of her albums, my mother particularly liked her and saw her in concert. And in a moment of drunkeness years ago, my father told me I was conceived to the 'Four Seasons of Love' album. True story. RIP Donna, you were a rare talent and you could sing in any genre.
- Adam Lambert wrote, "RIP Donna Summer, glorious disco Goddess!
- There's a chance Donna will be portrayed in a theatrical movie in the next few years. Last year the movie "Spinning Gold" was announced starring Justin Timberlake as Neil Bogart, the president of Casablanca Records who died in the early 80s. So if the movie actually happens, someone will be portraying the label's biggest star, Donna. And hopefully they'll expand that role now that she died.
- R182, did Vadge also provide free downloads of her latest album in support?
- r192 I bet Beyonce will be considered.
- The sound quality's not that good on this clip but this is one of my favorite Donna tracks. The full 10-minute version is amazing. And yes, I followed her from the beginning but this track from 2004 just gets to me.
You're So Beautiful
- "A man like you..."
- I can't breathe.
- I always loved this power ballad from the 80s.
- [quote]"A man like you..."
LOVE that song....(tears)
- Loved you Donna! Here's my favorite, MacArthur Park. Donna rocked!
- This really saddens me. I remember how I used to daydream in middle school,drawing her picture from the cover of "Live and More"album on my desk...her voice is one of the most underrated from that era. I love how David Bowie once described how Brian Eno,(I think),first heard "I Feel Love" and ran to Bowie with excitement-"that Black Voice,that tutonic drum!",or something along those lines. I brought everything she recorded back then and still have my original albums/45's. "MacArthur Park Suite" is my go to song for treadmill running-17 minutes and 39 seconds non stop of bliss!
I feel so sad for today's gay youth,musically speaking. Who do they have today,RiRi? Britney?Christina? I wish they knew what a true musical talent was,like my generation does...
Whitney and I were the same age and while I mourned her,Donna's passing is on a whole other level...
- I had the famous Francesco Scavullo poster of Donna Summer (ordered from the "Once Upon A Time" album) that was numbered and autographed. Now, I can't believe we lost Donna Summer so soon. :(
- My first Donna Summer album was Once Upon A Time, been a fan ever since.
- She was so sexy too!
- This is really shocking and sad (63 is really young, plus the C word scares the bejeezus out of me), but I've never liked disco at all, so her music is not my cup of tea.
- Madge made a statement - something generic.
- Not a hit (from her '91 album, "Mistaken Identity"). But it should have been.
- Aretha Franklin:
“So shocking to hear about the passing of Donna Summer. In the 70s, she reigned over the disco era and kept the disco jumping. Who will forget “Last Dance.” A fine performer and a very nice person. She was a delight to the industry. She and Giorgio Moroder made sales and musical history in the 70s.”
“I will miss her very much. My love goes out to her family. I’m here for them. Donna and I had a friendship for over 30 years. She is one of the few black women I could speak Germany with and she is one of the few friends I had in this business.”
“Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer! It’s the end of an era. Peace & prayers 2 all who loved her. I will miss her!”
“Donna Summer, Queen of Disco gone too soon. My condolences to her family & friends.”
“We will miss Donna Summer! She changed the world of music with her beautiful voice and incredible talent.”
“I can’t believe we’ve lost another wonderful singer. Donna, like Whitney, had one of the greatest voices ever. I loved her records. She was the disco queen, and will remain so. I knew her and found her to be one of the most likable and fun people ever. She will be missed and remembered.”
I was shocked to hear about Donna. She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented… It’s so sad,” she said in a statement.
- KC of KC and the Sunshine Band:
“It’s just very sad…she was so young and vibrant. Donna and I knew each other for a long time, we ran in the same circles and are part of the same generation, and it was something we shared…creating and performing music. Her voice was smooth and comforting, and something I had always wanted to do was a world tour with her, you know, as the Queen and King of Disco. We are the freshman class in creating music that continues to this day to make people happy, and it has been embraced by every major artist in the industry. It makes you want to get up and dance and forget your troubles for awhile. We just saw each other several months ago – she was beautiful as ever and her voice as strong as when I met her and we had some great laughs and a stroll down memory lane. I send my condolences to her husband, Bruce and their family.”
“Donna’s voice has been a constant in my life for so long that this heartbreaking exit is almost impossible to digest! This my ‘last chance’ to say, we will really miss you Donna. But your music will live on!”
“Donna Summer, your last dance with remain in our hearts forever.”
“I’m so sad about the news that Donna Summer died this morning. I was a big fan. I even used one of her songs in my show that airs today.”
“Donna Summer. Gone But NEVER To Be Forgotten. Dancing Her Eternal #LastDance”
Neil Patrick Harris:
“Donna Summer passed away today. Same day as Jim Henson, 22 years ago.”
“My heart and thoughts go out to the family of Donna Summer.”
“So sad to hear of the passing of disco legend Donna Summer. We all danced to her music. Her influence will last forever. RIP”
“Donna Summer has died at 63 from cancer.Such a lovely woman & terrific talent whose music touched us all! Prayers for her & her family RIP.”
- Like Aretha's and Dolly's comments the most.
- I'm not going to link to it for obvious reasons, but Rush Limbaugh claimed on his show today (and posted on his site) that Donna and her husband came up to him on a plane to give him the message that "they were one of us." (And no, I was not listening to Rush; I read this on another liberal site where they linked to his post.)
- This song brings back so many memories of the summer of 89. My best friends and I wore this CD out.
- Kirstie Alley:
Disco will never die! #DonnaForever!!! R.I.P. Ms. Summers!
"Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade."
"When you lose a friend you feel like they are gone forever.that is not true with my dear friend Donna. She was a queen, THE Queen of Disco, and we will be dancing to her music forever."
"She not only made her mark in my heart as well as others, but she forever changed the way of how America danced and enjoyed themselves. She may have had her 'Last Dance' here on earth, but 'Heaven Knows' it is dancing with joy for her arrival."
"So sad to hear about Donna Summer. I adored her voice. May she rest in peace."
- I was a Donna Summer fan from the get-go, but I will never forget the night I heard McArthur Park for the first time.
I was 19, and stationed in Germany. My oh-so-sophisticated 24-year-old NYer gf took me into Frankfurt to a lesbian bar so old-school it had a sliding "door" through which the bouncer could look out to make sure you were female. The bar was downstairs in the basement. This set-up was so unlike anything I had seen back in the states that I was blown away by it. And I thought I was the coolest thing ever.
As soon as I got downstairs, I heard McArthur Park starting, the slow part. I had never heard the Donna Summer version before. Lesbian couples all over the dance floor starting dancing a slow dance, close -- and then, all of a sudden, the song went to a disco beat, and everyone was doing the hustle. To this 19-year-old naif, it was like magic...everything I'd ever hoped a lesbian bar would be.
Fond memories -- good times.
R.I.P., Donna. You were the music of my 20's.
- [quote]Marlee Matlin: “So sad to hear of the passing of disco legend Donna Summer. We all danced to her music. Her influence will last forever. RIP
- KC needs to get over himself.
- Poor Kirstie Alley couldn't even get her name right.
- The Liza quote warrants the Liza duet!!! Pure 90's schmaltz but. . .well. . .you have to hear it.
- I'LL FUCKING POST IT R211!!!!
HERE'S WHAT THAT FAT ASS CUNT DRUG ADDICT SAID.
- Que the obligatory dismissive remark from our eldergay in chief "charlie" that her catalog can't compare to Barbra's or Judy's, and that she's an inferior singer compared to those two.
- Grace Jones, anyone?
- 215, marlee did tweet that
- With Queen Latifah -
- I was blown away when I first heard the MacArthur Park Suite on the Live & More album. When Donna hits that note, it's absolutely spectacular!
I wish iTunes would release the 12" version of Je'Taime, from the TGIF soundtrack, it was also brilliant.
- Mary J. Blige:
"RIP Donna Summers!!!!!!!!! You were truly a game changer!!!"
"RIP Donna Summer. glorious disco Goddess."
"Damn... donna summer dies at 63. An unforgettable voice from my childhood, beloved by my Mom & brother," he tweeted. "Let's dance the last dance for her."
"This may help you understand why i'm still crying. So much love and RESPECT for Donna Summer RIP."
"One of my earliest musical inspirations, RIP Donna Summer #BadGirlsForEver."
When I was starting I toured frequently with Donna Summer as her opening act, I'll never forget the sheer power of her voice or her kindness
"Donna Summer- You have inspired me in so many ways....."
Lisa Marie Presley:
“RIP Donna Summer. U made music and the world a better place . U will B missed....”
"I'm so sad. This woman was the queen of disco and so much more. Her records sound as good today as they ever did. That she has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace, especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted. She is a great friend to me and to the Elton John Aids Foundation and I will miss her greatly."
"My heart is heavy...RIP Donna Summers"
"My condolence to #Donna Summer's family & love ones. She will be terribly missed. She was truly the #Disco Queen!"
so sad about donna summer....way to young.sending lots of love and light
"I am sad to lose a great performer and a good friend. My heart goes out to her husband and children."
- Grace didn't have Donna's voice...hel-lo?
- I might be the only one but I really liked "Unconditional Love"!
- I always thought D S was a smug uptight biatch.
- Breaking!!! Barbra Streisand is releasing a duet with Beyonce, set to drop the day of Donna Summer's funeral! The working title is: Bring on the Laughter (More is More).
- (Live and)More tributes pouring in:
Thursday, May 17, 2012
"For the last half hour or so I've been lying in my bed crying and stunned. Donna Summer RIP"
"Omg :( ...Seriously :( I'll allow the F Bomb on my timeline for this one ;( ... RIP Donna. F**k Cancer. #queenofdisco "
"Oh my goodness just heard the sad news about Donna Summer. A true diva and disco queen her music will keep people dancing forever xxx"
"Upon hearing this ['I Feel Love'] in 1976, Brian Eno told David Bowie that he had "heard the future". He had. RIP Donna Summer. :( "
"My heart and thoughts go out to the family of Donna Summer. MBB"
Armin van Buuren
"RIP Donna Summer Queen of Disco. You were a great inspiration. Still so young..."
"I remember sitting in the front seat of my mom's toyota while she sang Donna Summer's "she works hard for the money" songs were just classic"
"So sad to hear about Donna Summer :-( Rest In Peace "
"Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade."
"woah! donna summer gone to the great beyond !!! chuck brown then donna summer they're gonna be dancing in heaven!!! i love donna summer RIP "
"RIP : Donna Summer is now in Disco Heaven"
"Always Always, Always loved DonnaSummer .....had a crush on her forever, R.I.P. lady"
"Donna Summer- You have inspired me in so many ways....."
"just heard that #DonnaSummer died today. This is awful! She was so incredible. Her and her family are some of the most beautiful people... I met Donna at the #NobelPeacePrize awards. her and her husband were so kind. this is such a huge loss"
"There are few dancefloor songs that can match I Feel Love. RIP Donna."
"once upon a time" the album by Donna Summer, a moroder+summer masterpiece. They changed music forever, a legend never dies."
Lou Diamond Phillips
"RIP Donna Summer. So many memories from my adolescence I can't even begin to recount. Thanks for the joy & exuberance of dancing"
"In shock that the person who made my favorite record of all time has passed away. R.I.P Donna Summer. :-( #ifeellove #patrickcowleyremix... The 15mins 42 secs of when my life changed forever. R.I.P Donna Summer"
- Still More-and Kelly Osbourne has weighed in!:
"We will miss Donna Summer! She changed the world of music with her beautiful voice and incredible talent."
"Donna Summer RIP. I promise to do u proud."
"Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer!It's the end of an era.Peace& prayers 2 all who loved her."
"Donna Summer, 63, RIP. The sound of an era. Studio 54, where are you?"
"The queen of disco may have passed on but Donna Summer's legacy will live on forever! Tonight my last dance is in honor of you!"
"Such a shame about Donna Summer. #originaldiscodiva x *a massive loss to us all*"
"Wow, another legend gone. Rest in peace to the beautiful disco queen Donna Summer."
"RIP Donna Summer. glorious disco Goddess."
"One of my earliest musical inspirations, RIP Donna Summer #BadGirlsForEver"
- r222 - I know. It still made me laugh
- Who in the fuck is Rowetta??
- I´m so fucking sad. I loved her voice, songs and how beautiful she looked on her album´s covers. R.I.P. Donna!
- Cher should say something, Donna always had glowing things to say about her. And they were part of the same social circle in the late 70s/early 80s, along with Dolly Parton. Donna performed a song she wrote "Starting Over Again" for the first time at a party with Cher and Dolly, and Dolly ended up recording it.
- "I Feel(More)Love" for Donna:
"Donna Summer RIP I FEEL LOVE FOR YOU"
"Donna Summer's work with Georgio Moroder changed the face of music and changed my life."
"Lighters up for Donna Summer. Love to Love You Baby. Rest in peace."
"R.I.P Donna Summer the original Dance Diva!!! Big inspiration for me, she will be sorely missed!"
"I'm so sad about the news that Donna Summer died this morning. I was a big fan. I even used one of her songs in my show that airs today."
Sophie Ellis Bextor
"I'm sad to hear about Donna Summer. What a voice and so many classic songs. The sound of disco."
"Very sad to hear of Donna Summer's passing. Truly iconic and beautiful voice."
"Very. very sad. donna summer has died. words can't express the impact and influence she had on music."
"This cannot be happening....... Please tell me that I'm dreaming that Donna Summer has died????!!! Please no...."
- [quote] Kristin Chenoweth "Donna Summer RIP. I promise to do u proud."
On Kristin's current concert tour, she's duet-ting with one of her back-up singers on "Enough is Enough."
- I am also releasing my own post-mortem single on the "Wigloo" label with a digitally pre-recorded Miss Summer titled "Enough is Never Enough: Laughing Through the Tears".
Damont will play tambourine and cowbell, Cissy will sing through her nostrils (double tracked, of course), and we will sample Nippy's handclaps from "The Preacher's Wife" soundtrack.
Your move, Babs.
Dionne, future Mistress of Ceremonies for the Summer memorial
- Midnight Special 1978
- I'm listening to "Live and More" (the original) and it's making me so sad. I remember listening to it as a youngster, dancing round my bedroom, not quite in a towel turban, but pretty close. Boy, Donna had a fantastic voice and such a cute personality.
I Remember Yesterday has just come on. Kind of appropriate. RIP Donna.
- Academy Awards 1978
- This is too much to take. Another legend gone. So many great songs--Donna was truly a legend and her music will live on forever. RIP Donna!
- Dinner With Gershwin
- Sad news. Loved Donna's music, especially Last Dance, growing up.
- Mario Lopez @MarioLopezExtra
R.I.P Donna Summer…I remember roller skating to hits like “Last Dance’” “Hot Stuff” & “Bad Girls.” Synonymous with the 70′s.. #QueenOfDisco
- Which was the early awards show where Donna sang the number in her BARE FEET?
I forget what a bohemian wild child she was at heart.
- Donna Summer's Top 20 Billboard Chart Hits
by Keith Caulfield, L.A. | May 17, 2012 2:15
Donna Summer may have been referred to as the Queen of Disco, but her Billboard chart hits weren't confined to the so-called "disco era" of the late 1970s.
While she earned a string of smash singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the '70s -- many produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte -- she continued to chart hits on into '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s.
Summer earned a total of 32 hit singles on the Hot 100 in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top 10. She claimed a top 40 hit every year from 1976 and 1984. And, between 1976 and the end of 1982, she had more top 10 hits -- 12 -- than any other act.
Her very first entry on the Hot 100 was the epic "Love to Love You Baby" in 1976, which spent two weeks at No. 2. (The 17-minute long song was edited down to a more radio-friendly length of 4:57.)
Her biggest singles include her four No. 1s "MacArthur Park," "Hot Stuff," "Bad Girls" and "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (with Barbra Streisand). On June 30, 1979, when "Hot Stuff" descended 1-2 and "Bad Girls" moved up 5-3, Summer became the first woman to have two singles in the Hot 100's top three at the same time.
After a successful streak of hits in the late '70s and very early '80s, she returned to the Hot 100's top 10 in 1983 with the No. 3 anthem "She Works Hard For the Money." She claimed her final top 10 in 1989 with the Stock-Aitken-Waterman-produced "This Time I Know It's For Real" (No. 7).
Her most recent Hot 100 hit came in 1999 with "I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro)," which reached No. 79.
While her fortunes on the Hot 100 waned through the past few decades, Summer remained a force on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs chart her entire career. Appropriate, for the Queen of Disco.
She notched 14 No. 1s on the chart, including her most recent hit, 2010's "To Paris With Love." Her last studio album, 2008's "Crayons," spun off three No. 1 Dance/Club Songs hits with "I'm a Fire," "Stamp Your Feet" and "Fame (The Game)."
On the Billboard 200 albums chart, she claimed three consecutive No. 1 albums between 1978 and 1980 with "Live and More," "Bad Girls" and "On the Radio - Greatest Hits Volumes I & II." She collected further top 20 albums with 1980's "The Wanderer" (No. 13), 1982's self-titled set (No. 20), 1983's "She Works Hard for the Money" (No. 9) and "Crayons" (No. 17).
- Lol, I have a mental picture of Mario Lopez looking like an extra from Xanadu roller-skating to Donna's music.
- The Go-Go's Belinda Carlisle tweeted: "So sad about Donna Summer....way to young. Sending lots of love and light."
Nice to hear. Donna's always been my favorite artist but I've also always enjoyed the Go Gos, and much of Belinda's solo output.
- Alyssa Milano: "I used to do interpretative dance in my living room to Donna Summer's music when I was a little girl. Rest in peace."
- Absolute silence on the Mariah front, who she hated while they were doing the Divas show
Kim Kardashian tweet:
"Morning London!!! Getting ready for Radio 1 interviews! What's everyone up to?"
- [quote]Absolute silence on the Mariah front, who she hated while they were doing the Divas show
Who cares about that fat cunt Whoriah anyway?
- I'm conflicted about this since at one point she said that AIDS was God's punishment for being gay. But, then she "found God"...apparently...and recanted. I really enjoyed her performance on "David Foster: The Hitman Returns". She still could hit the high notes and looked great. RIP DS. Being an "old-timey gay", I danced to many of her songs in the 70's and 80's. I listened to her "greatest hit's" today on my iPod at the pool today....sad.
- The Divas show Mariah and Donna did together was the tribute to Diana Ross. Donna, Mariah and Diana were supposed to perform together as the Supremes. Donna was fine with that but insisted they rehearse first, and I think the issue was Mariah arrived late so rehearsal was impossible and Donna then backed out. If Mariah is still holding a grudge from that it'd be pretty ridiculous, but who knows.
Many critics singled out Donna's rendition of "Reflections" as the best performance of the evening.
- R250 - Alyssa's tweet was sweet.
- r239, not the Midnight Special 1978 but one of my top 3 DS songs ever! Thanks!
- No she didn't, gramps.
Read the thread.
Fuckin old timer.
And I'm probably older than you, so I can say that.
- Donna wiping the floor with Rita Coolidge's ass.
- [quote]Kim Kardashian tweet:
"Morning London!!! Getting ready for Radio 1 interviews! What's everyone up to?"
My GAWD, is Kim for real?
- Donna and Kenny at the 1980 Grammys.
Could It Be Magic? A Winter Melody? Or a girl looking for some Hot Stuff for a Spring Affair? No, it's Unconditional Love!
Try Me, Sunset People, Come With Me. I Know We Can Make It 'cause I Feel Love for The Queen of Dance Music. It's Our Love and This Time I Know It's For Real.
I Love You, Bad Girl On The Radio. You've Worked Hard For The Money - Wherever There Is Love, and up until your very Last Dance. Heaven Knows, I Love To Love You, Baby.
...Enough Is Enough, but Carry On!
Je T'aime, Con Te Partiro...
McArthur's Park #22, State Of Independence, USA
- WTF? Calling me gramps? Shithead.
- RE: I guess she was a gay icon at one time, but I don't understand why. Because she was a popular disco singer? Because she looked like a tranny? I never understood all the gay love for her. To me she was just another flashy disco singer, nothing really interesting about her at all.
in 1977, 78, 79 Donna Summer WAS Queen of Disco which really, really started in Gay Clubs and Bars for you youngsters who were not here yet. Donna Summer was bigger or as big as Elton John, Madonna or Anyone. Hit after Hit after hit and all were played in gay clubs, which then spilled out into straight dance clubs all over U.S. and Europe.
I do not know if gay community ever got back in step with Donna Summer after her speaking out against homosexuality and becomming religious singer?
Her music was played at the highest volumes and everyone got up and danced.
Her albums sold in millions and millions. Donna Summer started out in the musical HAIR and toured in Europe prior to her musical fame on her own.
RIP Donna Summer.
- Donna Summers Live LP was awesome.
- Like many of you, it's like a part of my youth is gone. She was amazing. "State of Independence" was my favorite.
- Elderlez, r214, that's a really lovely memory. Thanks for sharing.
- Her daughters are gorgeous
- She was over by the time I was born, but I always liked her music.
- Rupaul names "Live and More" as his absolute favorite album.
- I want to hear the duet that Donna and ONJ allegedly recorded sometime between '78-'80. It's in "the vault." I heard this from someone who worked with ONJ back in the day.
- The saddest thing of all is Twittered condolences.
- First Whitney, now Donna.
Sade, gurl….you better walk REAL carefully at intersections, drive with caution and watch your booze intake honey! You in danger gurl!
- I think the best Donna Summer song was "Muscles"
- I cried today for Donna. I'm sad for her and her family. I grew up with her music. A wonderful time.
I'll be worse when Cher and Tina go and don't get me started when Gloria goes. I'll be a fucking mess.
Here's what Gloria said.
- Could be true r270, I don't remember ever hearing about it. What I do know is Karen Carpenter loved Donna and there was a planned duet with them around the time of Karen's late 70s aborted album. And I don't know what happened with that. The aborted album was released posthumously and it included the ballad "Something's Missing" written by Donna associate Paul Jabara, which he had originally written for Donna.
- In August 1975 Donna Summer's voice with Georgio Morodor's production elevated disco music to a new high standard with "Love to Love You Baby." There was nothing like it before. It changed Disco. It became a sensuous, electronic audio spectacle, unfettered from the corny retro songs and modest productions that had been typical of earlier disco offerings. It became an essential part of gay culture which was just then emerging from dingy bars into a new world of extraordinary discos including 15 Lansdown in Boston and later Studio 54 in New York.
Donna Summers was an essential part of that time. I will always remember that summer and the first time I heard the song and that voice. RIP Donna Summer.
- That's a sweet story, R214.
- If you had told us a couple of months ago that both Whitney and Donna would be dead soon, we wouldn't have believed it.
- Paul Jabara wrote "It's Raining Men" as a duet for Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer as a follow-up to Enough is Enough. It didn't happen because Donna wanted the word "Hallelujah" taken out of the song and Jabara refused.
- Let's pause for a brief moment to remind some that it's Donna Summer, just one Summer, no duplicate or plural Summers. Just the one and ONLY.
- I've been in stunned silence the whole day
- But she was OK with A-men, r279?
Sally Fields and Sally Struther
- Donna, Dolly and Tom Jones singing a gospel medley on a Mac Davis special in 1977. They all sound great (except for Mac who was never much of singer.)
At 18 in the summer of 83 I went with my best friend to stay in California for a couple of weeks at his aunt's place in suburban LA. Sometimes I ventured off on my own, and on impulse I bought a last-minute ticket to a Donna Summer concert at a theater somewhere, maybe Universal Studios.
As a small-town roller-rink DJ in from age 16, I had played Donna's music every shift and had one of her big-hair album covers on the wall in the booth.
It was the first and last time I ever went to a show like that by myself, but I had a great time. It was amazing and contributed to my new and emerging gayness.
Donna's "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" from that show is still possibly my gayest memory; "Bad Girls" made me want to learn to dance like those hot guys down front.
I remember her with love. Thanks for this thread.
- Rick James, r273, have another line on me.
- R190, that is something to tell the grandkids. Be proud of that.
- Best Macarthur Park performance ever - Kevin Aviance at NY Pride circa 2003 on a giant scaffolding in a wind machine, with icing and fabric, seemingly on K.
- I love you r280. Thanks for the laughter through the tears.
- Donna Summer was a Boston girl, from the Dorchester neighborhood. I know it well.
In the '70s her music was everywhere. So big at Boston's gay bars: Chaps, Darts and Buddies. Sadly, none of those bars are around either.
But nothing was so memorable as Donna's "Last Dance" blasting away for the final song each day while hundreds of guys danced at Tea Dance at Provincetown's "The Boat Slip."
Those were the days, my friend.
Peace to the Queen of the '70s.
- I was born in 1973 and so I basically missed the disco era. I always thought that Donna Summer had a very blessed voice just all the same because it was operatic in scope and yet warm at the same time. She would have done well in any era because of her wonderful voice. She was trained in both gospel and opera and it sure did show.
[quote]Dolly Parton: “I can’t believe we’ve lost another wonderful singer. Donna, like Whitney, had one of the greatest voices ever. I loved her records. She was the disco queen, and will remain so. I knew her and found her to be one of the most likable and fun people ever. She will be missed and remembered.”
Dolly Parton is a beautiful human being.
- My Mom played the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack to death! I remember doing a dance routine at school to Donna's "If I can't have you" song. A great song.
- Yes, Disco by Donna Summer was huge in gay community and pre aids time. There never was a more festive time in music and dancing in gay America.
- R291 - that was Yvonne Elliman
- r293, thank you for a little levity on a sad and nostalgic thrad.
- President Barack Obama:
"Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Donna Summer. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Donna truly was the “Queen of Disco.” Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Donna's family and her dedicated fans."
- RIP Donna.
And, a wave to r47, r62 and r67. I LOVED the 1270. I was there many Saturday nights from '82 - '88.
About 4 years ago I was going to write to Donna Summer to tell her I was sorry about the boycott. I must have read something that made me believe she didn't actually make those horrible remarks about people with AIDS. I wrote the letter in my head but never typed it up and sent it.
- I'm still stunned with the shocking news.
- The Last Dance at the Boatslip.
- Sandra Bernhard
a moment please for the wonderful #donnasummer a beautiful person a great disco diva and revolutionary performer. it's just not right.
- R272 I predict Aretha is next.
- Yep Sandra was one of the celeb attendees at Donna's late 90s GMHC concert. I remember Dan Aykroyd was another.
- I wasn't alive for her glory days but discovered all her great songs a few years ago. I actually really like "The Queen is Back" from Crayons (2008) Nice homage to her fans.
- Last year-Awesome she's singing live I believe.
- Sad. Her music was that era.
- This dead diva thing is even getting _me_ worried.
- My mother was from that era that decried how horrible all those "rock and roll" singers were. But one day she surprised everyone when she heard Donna Summer singing "MacArthur Park" and said something like "Boy can she really SING!"
Donna Summer was a star in the Seventies. No, she was a SUPERSTAR. She was at the top of her genre and sold millions around the world.
She was famous because she had a great voice. It wasn't marketing, it wasn't glamor and glitz, it was her voice. Listen to a good recording on vinyl of "I Feel Love", "On the Radio," or "MacArthur Park" and you'll understand.
- Not me.
- R99, sure someone already answered you but just in case: "I Feel Love" trumps them all, still holds up today, so powerful. You'd have to have been a gay teen then maybe to know how wonderful it was, how new a sound.
"Try Me, We Can Make It" used so well in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar". "Rumour Has It" too.
And then my definitive image of Donna will always be in one of the first iconic music videos -- when she is up on the fire escape with the women in various costumes dancing below her in "She Works Hard For The Money". Another key moment for me as I was growing more and more comfortable with being gay.
She was a HUGE part of it all. Really want to cry and that's not my usual style with celeb deaths. RIP, Donna.
- Totally forgot that clip at R304! Talk about camp but she was clearly having a good time singing with good ole Poppycock!
- P.S. Read her book too. One thing that stood out was how even though she was the poster child for the decadent disco 70s, she was really very clean -- no drugs, no big party persona, had a child at home already. Not even that religious yet but... clean. Not really part of the scene (so the book is a bit dull, not much dirt like I hoped).
So it really surprises me that so many with embalmed insides get to outlive her. Goes to show you what a crap shoot it is.
- [quote]Ellen DeGeneres "I'm so sad about the news that Donna Summer died this morning. I was a big fan. I even used one of her songs in my show that airs today."
I love how Ellen made it about herself and her show.
- Anything from Miss Ross?
- R298. Thanks for your post of Donna's "Last Dance." Nothing better than Tea at the Boat Slip in Ptown.
Long live the Quuen!
- Liked her music, loved Donna. Always classy. Didn't know she was battling cancer, and I only hope she was comfortable at the end.
I don't cry over celebrity deaths, but I definitely have a heavy heart tonight.
- Donna and Diana actually started hanging out together and became pals for a few years around the turn of the century. Then around 2003 Donna was asked about some tabloid mess Diana had gotten into, probably drunk driving, and Donna mentioned they hadn't spoken in a long time. I got the impression it was more they'd drifted apart than had a fight.
- She was an overly religious cunt that hated gays and you dumb fags still worship her!
- At least Donna wrote most of her songs. Unlike Whitney,she must have left with a few dollars in the bank...
- According to CelebNetWorth.com, Donna and Whitney had similar sized fortunes, Donna 75 million, Whitney 80 million. It's crazy if Whitney did actually manage to burn through 80 million. And yes Donna was just a down to earth homebody so her entire fortune is intact. She guarded her privacy a lot so you never got to see her "lifestyles of the rich and famous." But not long ago there was a picture of her apparently standing in her backyard, and what could be seen of the house definitely looked palatial.
- Irene Cara: "I'm so heartbroken hearing about Donna Summers' passing. She was one of the loveliest people in Show biz that I ever met. My prayers are with her family and loved ones."
- Is Giorgio Moroder gay and did he and Donna Summer hate each other?
- The rock and roll hall of fame made a point not to honor Summer in life. Hopefully, they won't try to make amends in death. If they do they should be roundly booed. They're making the same mistake with Chubby Checker. The hall seems to be headed by a bunch of pricks.
- Has Rosie Haiku'd yet?
Somebody get to her before she does!
- R321, in the New York Times piece, I believ the guy who runs the place stated that she was nominated multiple times (I think more than anyone) and was unjustly and embarssingly (to the HOF) not admitted. He then added that he hoped this year they would make up for their embarssing oversight. His words made it seem that he, at least personally, felt that she should have been a shoo-in and that the voting membership had made a pretty bad oversight.
- She was a real. Cunt!
- Love this song from "Daylight". . .but it should have been Donna by herself or, if it had to be a duet, a male singer who could sing. Bruce Roberts is proof that just becuase you can write a few hit songs in the 80's, it doesn't mean you should try to sing one in the 90's. (You can't even hear him when he and Donna are singing at the same time.) Compared to the crap that was getting airplay when this was released, this should have been a hit.
- Janet Jackson Tweeted:
"We Will Miss Donna Summer! She changed the world of music with her beautiful voice and incredible talent."
- F#cking Rush Limbaugh claiming "she was one of us, a right winger" F@ck you pumpkin head!!!!
- There goes my baby..
- Today's Janet's birthday so it's thoughtful of her to have made time amid the festivities to tweet that.
- Rush is right. She was a social comservative that hated gays.
- Queen For A Day!
- No Giorgio is straight, and they got along fabulously. He was 10 yrs older and Donna said she thought of him as an older brother.
Speaking of Giorgio's attitude about Donna, at first he wasn't very chivalrous about her talent always trying to take the lion's share of the credit for their success. Such as by having her always use her falsetto on her early albums, so her big belting voice wouldn't steal any attention away from his productions. Donna's old friend Paul Jabara (they met while performing in Hair in Germany) heard Donna's early albums and didn't like how she wasn't allowed to properly show off her glorious voice. He wrote Last Dance for her as a response. And when they were getting ready to record it Giorgio was pissed that she was going to sing in her full voice, what a jackass.
Later he was quoted as saying he could've put anyone on his disco productions for Donna and they would've been hits. Except Giorgio did make disco productions for other artists in the 70s, and they always failed. Roberta Kelly recorded 3 albums with him and none charted, they only produced a handful of disco chart hits, only one of which was major. Three Degrees had middling success in Europe with 2 albums he produced for them, and they both flopped here. A disco album for The Sylvers was another flop. Only Donna's albums and singles made Top 40.
Giorgio is often given nearly all the credit for their success, when the reality is he'd been a struggling producer for 10 yrs and then he meets up with Donna, they record 3 demos, and a short time later they have chart topping hits in Holland, France and Germany. And her first major hit, "The Hostage" was terrible, arguably it was more Donna's voice that sold it.
Anyway Giorgio stopped being a jerk and admitted she was the best singer he'd worked with. Complimenting her on her one-take perfectionism, noting how difficult it is to have to piece together a complete vocal performance from multiple takes. Which is how lesser talented singers record. Donna was a "one-take wonder", they recorded a second take as a formality, but almost always used the first.
- Thanks, r332...great story!
- Did you guys see TMZ's repulsive piece about her. They showed zero respect for her and even made jokes. I wrote in to complain and I never do that crap. Please write into those doucebags.
- One of the best voices ever, which just kept getting better until the very end (something we can't say about Whitney).
Donna Summer started her pop career with songs that only employed her soft, sensual, bedroom-style head-voice. Then she recorded "Could It be Magic" ...and we were shown how Girlfriend could also belt out a tune.
She showed us vocal perfection in "MacArthur Park" and "Last Dance" with her trademark slow starts, playful but controlled riffs, and long notes, opening the gates to clone voices/imitators (Irene Cara, Laura Brannigan), as the industry clamored "get me someone who sounds like/the next Donna Summer!"
Only a handful of female (or female-sounding) artists share that distinction of having a particular sound that initiates a whole vocal movement of similar timbres to follow suit - Young Frankie Lymon (who inspired the whole girl-group movement of the early 60's), Barbra (who dictated what musical theater had to sound like - a high, nasal, sustained belt - from the 60's on), Diana (who had dozens of R&B singers subdue their gospel ways into a sweeter more melodic sound), Jennifer Holiday (who set free those sweet sounds so the likes of Whitney and Mariah could riff to their hearts content, visually showing us every breath and move that contributed to the power in their voices), and Madonna (who inspired hundreds of helium-voiced artists to sell sex).
Somewhere in between Diana's dulcet tones and Jennifer's pyrotechnics, a lady by the name of LaDonna Gaines (Summer) showed us a vocal quality that was flawless but stylized, decadent but church-inspired, spontaneous but highly trained. Every record was different, but each had her distinct, perfect sound.
The range of different styles in all these singers (and within Summer herself) clearly shows that these were commercial trends to be met meant to please fickle, demanding pop consumers. And Donna Summer was able to please the most demanding, but most loyal of all - the gay culture. And it was they who launched her from club obscurity in Munich, Germany to the whole world to see.
1975-78 were my coming-out, high school years
- Who? Seriously a person who hasn't had a hit in 25 years? And only had hits in Disco, the most disgraceful period of the modern pop era?
- Elton John:
"I'm so sad. This woman was the queen of disco and so much more. Her records sound as good today as they ever did. That she has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace, especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted. She is a great friend to me and to the Elton John Aids Foundation and I will miss her greatly."
Totally agree with Elton about the Rock and Roll Hall of fame issue. I bet they have Ms. miserable, untalented, sings off key, MADONNA in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!
- I was shocked to hear of Donna Summer's death.Her death is so sad because it's an end of a music era. My mother loved a variety of music,and Classical music was top on her list.But, second on her list was disco music when it first came out. Two of the many singers mother loved from that era was Donna Summer and Blondie ,which their music flowed through out our house when I was a little kid. My brother and sister are much older than me, and they used to work at a discotheque back then. They would play the recent music that just came out, and new singers that just become famous around that disco era. Donna Summer brings a lot of memories of my childhood. She was a singing shining phenomenon who was one of the many key individuals who defined an era!She was the queen of disco and she'll be missed.
BTW, I remember reading Barbra Streisand hated Donna Summer because she hated the enormous attention and rising fame Donna Summer was starting to gain back then. Rumor has it, Barbra Streisand destroyed Donna Summer's career. Has anyone heard anything about that rumor if it's just a rumor or is it true?
- She was a huge part of music in my family too when we were growing up (I'm 42). Legend.
- This is R338. R339, thanks for sharing I'm 41 so we can relate to each others memoirs, nice to know and share.
-  I love your chronology and vocal descriptions! Well put and respectful to all.  You're an asshole! Barbra Streisand "destroyed" Donna Summer's career??? Fag rumors are the worst! The more absurd they are, the more they get passed around.
- This is so upsetting to me. Just 21 but you can't be gay/bi and not really love donna !..wow .What a loss.
Funny but the genre she popularized is what is popular in todays music landscape but she gets no credit for it .
- "That she has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace, especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted."
Was that another dig at Madonna?
- Sorry! I loved 335's chronology and description (numbers are coming up wrong today)
- R341, when you speak, people can hear your voice,but they can't decipher what is your face, and what is your ass because they both look the same!
I was just asking a question because I once read it on a gossip website! Jerk face!
- R167, love that!
- YUP elton shaded madonna yet again and rightly so
- I should have also included Tina (who encouraged the ladies of rock-n-roll to keep it rough-and-raw), and - yes - even Britney, who elevated vocal fry into a must-have tool for all girly-voiced pop singers of the 2000's who wanted to sound mature and sexy.
- Hey :-))))) ! I love it!
- For [R316] & [R253]:
[quote] ""Has Donna Summer been fully forgiven for allegedly been homophobic and......?" the passerby began asking, innocently enough it seemed. But before he could even fully finish his question, the street promoter, sounding jaded at still fielding this seemingly recurring question on a long dead topic, had cut him short: "It's not true. It never happened. It was a rumor based on a myth."
[quote] As the story goes, in 1983 Donna Summer, talking casually to fans after a show about her becoming a reborn Christian, was interpreted as saying something along the lines that AIDS was a divine punishment by God against gays for their immoral lifestyle. Note that ever since, Summer has continually and vehemently denied these rumors in interview after interview. Still, for whatever reason, the rumors or the myth continued to plague her and her reputation. Perhaps the fact that back in the 1980's she was making regular appearances on Christian TV shows (seen by the gay community as the far right enemy) didn't help her plea of innocence. Whatever the reason, the rumor continued to fester and in 1991, following a gossip column piece in New York magazine that further perpetuated the rumor, Summer filed a $50 million libel and invasion of privacy lawsuit that was settled out of court. But still, even in 2008, the quarter century old "gay myth" Donna Summercontinues to shadow Donna Summer.
- r168, I love how Elton has his claws out even when making a statement like that. We all know the "second rate talent" he's bitching about is Madonna, who was inducted in 2008!
- Reports say Summer was diagnosed 10 months ago with lung cancer. She believed she inhaled toxic particles in NYC on 9/11, and that caused her cancer.
How did she manage to keep this out of the news?
- Elton can be so bitchy!
- Thanks r353, I was curious how long she battled it. She kept it out of the press because people were used to her promising new albums and then disappearing for years. People thought she'd just put her career on the back-burner again. In early 2010 I think it was, she announced she was recording two albums, one all dance music, the other standards. Later that year she scored another #1 dance club hit, her 4th in a row since 2008, but song was just released as a single with no album following. Shortly after that she started working with David Foster a lot and then announced she was going to record an album with him in late 2011. So she was diagnosed before the planned album with David, but reportedly she continued recording until shortly before her death. I don't know if David Foster was involved with her final recordings.
Anyway there was definitely enough recorded for them to put together a posthumous album and I hope they put it out quickly so she'd have a shot at one last hit song and album.
- I was waiting for her standards album - I hope she laid down some tracks for that.
She would have done beautifully (it certainly worked for fellow corpse Etta James with 'mystery lady').
- I just clicked on her Web site - and one of the last "news" items to be posted was her cancelling from a commitment to fete Barbra Streisand last spring…
Which indicates she was sicker for longer than any of us suspected.
- No actually it was a scheduling problem r357, she was on tour in Europe and if she'd flown back to do the TV special with Barbra, she wouldn't have made it back for one of her concerts.
The European tour was fabulous, there's lots of good bootleg clips of it on YouTube. Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys was a big fan and attended her concert in Germany.
- The first time I heard her was at a fabulous bathhouse in San Francisco, Ritch Street, 1976 or 1977. "I Feel Love" was stretched out to like 30 minutes or so, and no song could have been more appropriate for a bathhouse -- the ethereal voice mixed with the sex and drugs. Well, there goes another piece of youth.
- [quote]Did you guys see TMZ's repulsive piece about her. They showed zero respect for her and even made jokes. I wrote in to complain and I never do that crap. Please write into those doucebags.
I was pissed off too, no ounce of sympathy to our Disco Queen. I complained too.
- Not to turn this into yet another Madonna thread, but, come on, she definitely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Although I also agree that Donna Summer should have been inducted by now.
- R361 Nobody gives a shit about Vadge anymore. Quit bringing her up in every thread.
- Donna Summer was also drop dead gorgeous. That Scavullo photograph of her from the "Once Upon A Time" was breathtaking.
- Hey Gays! Don't forgot, Donna and I recorded together too! Jeeeez!
- r362, I'm not the one who first brought her up. You sound mentally disturbed.
- Two albums that got me through my childhood: Sweeney Todd and Donna Summer Live & More.
- Still sad...
- r170 thank you for that info. I heard Donna in concert, can't remember the year, and for an encore she sang Don't Cry For Me Argentina. It was the final encore she did that night. I didn't know the song was even in her repertoire.
I got chills and tears. It was haunting from beginning to end and such feeling.
RIP Donna and thank you for some amazing nights on the dance floor.
- r335 loved your post (except for the Whitney dig). Great how you laid out the diva progression.
Just want to say for those too young to know what that time was like in order to understand Donna's impact if possible go to a club that might be willing/or does play old disco. Get a little or really fucking drunk or high and at a point into the evening where your buzz right have them play I Feel Love and Last Dance. Then you might get some idea why she's is so amazing.
I realize that what I suggest is probably not possible but if you want to know Donna that's how you get to know the Donna that moved so many.
- Cher twittered her condolences: SO SAD re Donna!1 of the GREAT Voices of our time! I remember "Last Dance"Ended my nites at Studio 54! By that Song I was Drenched ! Hair 2!
Cher was asked if she ever met her: Oh God Yes ! She was exquisite!"
The feeling was definitely mutual, Donna loved Cher.
Here's an entire article about Donna and Cher with a couple great pics of them together. But what they say about Cher being offered Donna's entire Bad Girls album is inaccurate. Donna co-wrote the *song* Bad Girls in 1977 but Neil Bogart wouldn't let her record it because he thought it was too rock for her. He had just signed Cher to the label and suggested Donna give the song to her. Donna refused and it remained unreleased until 1979 when she had the clout to record whatever she wanted.
- This is a bit troubling:
"And one source says ... Donna, who was a fervent practicing Christian, believed 9/11 was an attack on Christianity and in some metaphysical way Christians like her were targets. She somehow felt that her illness was a byproduct of the attack."
Did Donna still hate the gays at the time of her death?
- r369, I should have said "which unfortunately is something we can't say about Whitney" to soften up my statement as a sad fact, not as a bitchy one. My apologies, you're right, but I did not mean to dig. Not today.
Regarding your advice to the young ones, it's dead on...and that's exactly what I'm doing tonight! I have called old friends, woken up hibernating party animals and summoned retired dance-floor souls for one night only. I'm sure EVERYWHERE tonight there will be lots of tributes to Donna Summer, and it will be wonderful to catch a nice buzz and step into the middle of the floor.
I'm in Puerto Rico right now, where she was/is HUGE. For instance, "Winter Melody" was a number one hit here (an album filler elsewhere) and - back in the day - DJ's thought nothing of breaking up the evening's pace with a Summer slow dance. In addition, all the pre-pop (but post-poppers!) Moroder stuff was also very popular locally, played on pop radio constantly, what with people here loving to dance and "do the hustle."
Those were my teen years, when - if your voice had changed and you could reach the bar counter with money, even if you still didn't need to shave - you were allowed into the discos (especially if you were a 15-year old twink).
Now I know how the Judy generation felt when they lost their voice. The lady who had been singing to them for so long was gone, and with her their representation in pop culture. It's not just the loss of a human being, for, after all, her music will live on. It's the sudden vanish of our moment in time. Like so many others have said in this great thread, it feels like another nail in the coffin of our youth.
r335 - Yes, I'm sobbing as I type.
- She never hated gays r373, give it a rest. She loved gay men, that was her fan-base, she didn't hate her own fans.
But yes that quote about her 9/11 paranoia is believable. I will admit she was quite flaky and overly Christian.
I'm more interested in this part of the article though: "And, we're told, after Donna was diagnosed with lung cancer, several people told her that cigarette smoke may have been the culprit -- she was a smoker, and she also frequented clubs where people smoked. But Donna simply didn't buy it."
When she was on Tom Snyder in 1980 she said she'd quit smoking because as part of being born again. She must've wanted to quit smoking and tried, but apparently it didn't stick. So that was likely the real reason she got lung cancer. I'm amazed she could wail so furiously as a smoker, but then Aretha is smoker too.
- You can see Donna smoking in this clip from 1978.
- I listened to this today at work and it took everything in me to hold back the tears.
- Here's the all-star choir that did the backing vocals for "State of Independence", which included Kenny Loggins, DL fave Dionne Warwick, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, James Ingram, Dyan Cannon and Brenda Russell--all led by Quincy Jones. It was the catalyst for what would eventually become "We Are The World".
- Wow...thanks r377 and r378. One of my all-time favorite songs. I never realized who the chorus was!!!
- You're welcome, R379!
- I still love the Chrissie Hynder version of State of Independence:
- That one's good, too, R381. It plays during the closing credits of "Single White Female".
- [quote]Here's the all-star choir that did the backing vocals for "State of Independence", which included Kenny Loggins, DL fave Dionne Warwick, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, James Ingram, Dyan Cannon and Brenda Russell--all led by Quincy Jones. It was the catalyst for what would eventually become "We Are The World".
And the bitch had the nerve to send a muffin basket as her 'thank you' gift.
- Her music is all over the radio this weekend.
- She was an amazing, smart talent. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be ashamed of themselves.
- I still can't believe she is dead:(
- Donna Summer's "Greatest Hits on the Radio volumes 1 & 2" is in the top 10 on iTunes.
- Lovely sounds
- I've been listening to Donna Summer records on my iPod all day long, it totally sucks that she's gone.
- Donna would have had another huge hit with "Happenin' All Over Again" if she hadn't passed on it when it was offered to her. But Lonnie Gordon made it her own and it became a big club hit.
- I love the way Dyan Cannon is always there.
- Donna Summer's death has really affected people. It's just so sad that she's gone, and she was only 63. Way too young.
- My world is empty without Donna, babe
My world is empty without Donna, babe
And as I go my world alone
I find it hard to for me to carry on...
- I've been listening to "I Feel Love" this afternoon. It really is very 1270 Bolyston Street. I catch myself thinking I am back there; I can even smell the roach spray.
- Will the funeral be broadcast live worldwide by the BBC and CNN like Whitney's?
- I hope so, r395.
- Is she still dead?
- This is not as big as MJ Or Whitney's death which were receiving wall-to-wall media coverage world wide with several special correspondents assigned the story. There's not enough interest to warrant a live broadcast.
Also sad that posters like r335 thinking digs at Whitney ( who did not in anyway coincide or take away from Donna Summer's career) will Somehow enhance Donna's career, profile and standing. Yes, Whitney, just like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Maria Callas, Bille Holiday and many others before, was a shadow of what she was when she died, but the enduring memory of these artistes is of them in their prime. The tragedy aspects only work for bios and biopics.
- That is so true, r398.
- I think the Donna Summer fans problem with Whitney is that she became the superstar when they feel Donna was just as talented (which, by the way, is debatable) and unfairly pigeonholed into the disco era. Donna Summer was great in her own right, no need for comparisons with others. RIP.
- Will the Billboard Awards also do a tribute to Donna,like the one advertised for Whitney? Losing two superstar divas so close may be too much for one show to properly acknowledge...
- "Spring Affair" is such a great song ... melancholic with a hell of a dance beat. We will miss you, Ms. Summer.
- Spring Affair is great, and so is Winter Melody. I love the way each song blends into the other one.
If anyone recalls Casey Kasem's American Top 40, they used to use the intro to Spring Affair when promoting an upcoming concert.
- Whoops, meant "Winter Melody" on Casey Kasem's American Top 40.
- After a weekend re-playing early Donna Summer songs, I came to realize that the catchy keyboard refrain in "Winter Melody" (one of my favorites) is basically Van McCoy's "The Hustle" without the sprite double beat.
- When I broke up with my bf of 2 years, I constantly played "Winter Melody" and cried my eyes out.
Thanks Donna, for getting me through the pain.
- When I first came out, and went to my first gay disco....it was Hot Stuff and Bad Girls blasting through the speakers...those were the most important years of my life. RIP Donna!
- I was listening to Donna Summer's last album release "Crayons" and was amazed how Donna can change her voice from time to time. I really hope that they release her new double album that she was working on. According to her family, she wrote and recorded many songs that were never released.
- So far, iTunes has not released The Wanderer and Cats Without Claws. Now is the time to release them!
- Donna owned the rights to those two and several more of her albums R409.
[quote]However, there are a number of albums that are certain not to appear on any of our charts next week: Her five releases with Geffen Records and two for Atlantic Records in the 1980s and 1990s.
Why? All seven of those titles are out of print -- both physically and digitally -- and are owned by Summer's estate. They include Geffen's "The Wanderer" (1980), "Donna Summer" (1982), "Cats Without Claws" (1984), "All Systems Go" (1987) and "I'm a Rainbow" (a shelved album from the early 1980s that was unreleased until 1996).
For Atlantic, she released "Another Place and Time" in 1989 (which includes the top 10 Billboard Hot 100 single "This Time I Know It's For Real") and "Mistaken Identity" in 1991.
Her Geffen albums have been unavailable since 2003, while Atlantic's "Mistaken Identity" and "Another Place and Time" left the marketplace in 1996 and 2009, respectively.
- I hope they release a live DVD of her original 1978 Live and More album. She was so gloriously glamorous (I know, Mary) in those album shots. There is footage out there, because some of it is on You Tube.
- It's been 3 days, did the bitch rise again?
- I wish they would release the "Thank God It's Friday" soundtrack with the 12" version of "Je 'Taime".
- You are correct [R375]. But one wonders who did start that rumor because it certainly "took" in an attempt seemingly to alienate her from her biggest fans.
Do you think Donna knew who was behind it?
- r414, Maybe "her people" tracked the source down. I would think they would have wanted to know.
I'll bet it was Madge.
- Madge is not nice, obviously.
- Those anti-gay rumors started years before anyone knew who Madonna was. She was still starving in the East Village at the time.
- Madonna was also eating popcorn at the time.
- That was back when Madonna still resided in her original host body.
- For those interested. This link is to a live feed of her funeral coverage.
- Saw her only two years ago in Coney Island. She was terrific and looked great.
- She was buried in Nashville. I was hoping she would return to Boston, her home town.
- I've fallen in love all over again with the "Another Place In Time" album. I had not listened to it in 20 years. Hats off to producers SAW and Donna for working out their differences and creating the perfect pop album for the era in which it was released.
- Same as r423, I've been re-listening to Donna Summer's music all over again and getting into it all over again. I listened to the full 15-minute 'Try Me I Know We Can Make It' for the first time in many years and it is awesome.
- I hope they are going to re-release some of the albums you are talking about. I only know her singles and wanted to go on iTunes and listen to more selections from her albums but all they seem so have are various greatest hits album selections.
- Her last Billboard Dance Chart #1 (just two years ago this August). When it explodes at 0:50, I just love it.
- It seems you've got to have a musical guest who will projectile menstruate in order to get any information about a funeral around here.
- That's a pretty dope track 426. Have to say the lady knew her way around a dance track.
I was watching some of her interviews on YT and she mentioned that she and her husband had been working on a Broadway musical for a long time. Anybody have any info on the likelihood of that ever happening?
- 428, the musical was called "Ordinary Girl". It was worked on for a few years. There are some demo tapes floating around of a few tracks and she performed two other songs on a VH1 concert around 1999-2000. One was an amazing ballad, the other a pretty disappointing dance track that unintentionally drew negative comparisons to better Donna tracks in the same slow-start but uptempo style (Last Dance, MacArthur Park, Melody of Love). The ballad, though ("If There is Music There") was amazing. Hopefully a studio version of it will see the light of day. I think Donna and hubby gave up on the idea of the musical a few years back.
- Currently listening to the Once Upon A Time album. Now I need you, Working the midnight shift, and Queen for a day are amazing songs that blend together so well. Moroder and Summer were geniuses!
- [quote]That's a pretty dope track 426. Have to say the lady knew her way around a dance track.
That's why she was called the Queen of Disco.
- Thank you 429. The song "If There Is Music There" is on YouTube and it was amazing. She sing it with every ounce of herself. I was in tears by the end. It is clear that song is her anthem for her life and how much she loved music and how much it was a part of her. Just beautiful. Thank you.
- As I recall, Donna Summer wanted to do an updated version of Cinderella for the Broadway stage based upon the "Once Upon A Time" album. Thus, Ordinary Girl came to surface.
Now, producers want to work on a movie bio on Donna Summer.
- I so agree r430! All three are great and make a perfect ACT 2 on that album, but 'Now I Need You' & 'Working the Midnight Shift' are especially brilliant and sound so good together.
I've been overdosing on my own Donna "love" trilogy consisting of: 'Loves Unkind', 'With Your Love' (from the Thank God It's Friday soundtrack), and 'Our Love'. Sonic bliss!
- Best Donna Summer to play now....Spring Affair!
- Say Something Nice, Now I Need You, Working the Midnight Shift and Queen for a Day on repeat.
Say Something Nice has an amazing slow burn/building up effect and transitions perfectly to Now I Need You/Working the Midnight Shift/Queen for a Day.
Queen for a Day was copied a million times by other artists in the 1980s up to today.
Once Upon a Time is a masterpiece.
- "Say Something Nice" reminds me of water bubbling in the backroom...LOVE IT!
- I like the ending of "I Love You"...it reminds me of angels flying in the Heavens, so dreamy!
- Correction, I meant "Queen For A Day".
- [quote]Once Upon a Time is a masterpiece
It was my first Donna Summer album I ever purchased, and I played it a million times!
Side B was my favorite side: Now I Need You, Working The Midnight Shift, and Queen For A Day.
The most romantic song was: A Man Like You
Fairy Tale High is fun, reminds me of little fairies singing while they're clapping.
I remember Rolling Stone Magazine had a whole 2 page article on what an achievement Donna Summer and Moroder gave to the Once Upon A Time album.
- Stand on your tip-toes and reach for a star!
- "It's a nightmare, daymare, it's a bad 'mare no matter which way 'mare."
always loved that lyric from OUAT
- yes r438 i love the way the music sort of drops out and it's just Donna's voice singing I Love You and the choir of voices in the back echoing I Love You, I Love You. Never realized how uplifting her music is until hearing it all these years later.
- I have been listening to pre-1978 Donna (the hard core disco years) for the last week and cannot get enough of it - my coming of age music.
Try Me, I Know We Can Make It
- Thanks, r444!
- Winter melody, winter melody, winter melody
play for me, just for me
'cause he's not coming home and I'm here alone
on my own
miss you, Donna!
- I LOVE the lyrics to "Winter Melody"...thank you!
- Did she have the AIDS?
- No, cancer of the lungs.
- Donna Summer had a Special on TV after her release of Bad Girls. Has it been released on DVD yet?
- r450, I was wondering the same thing, but no such luck. It's on YouTube in six parts. Here's part 1 and you can find the rest under that person's uploaded videos.
- Those fantastic tv specials of the late 70s and early 80s never get released on DVD. No idea why, I think they'd sell a lot.
- What's the difference between the 70s divas, Donna Summer and Olivia Newton-John?
Only Olivia Newton-John's career is dead.
- [quote]Those fantastic tv specials of the late 70s and early 80s never get released on DVD. No idea why, I think they'd sell a lot.
Probably to do with the expensive publishing rights of the songs. Variety shows, by definition, were saturated with songs - worse yet, tons of medleys - from a wide array of songbooks and publishing houses.
- Thx, r 451!
- Wish they would release The Wanderer and Cats Without Claws...c'mon iTunes!
- I heard before she died she was masturbating to an Erik Rhodes video
- Once upon a time, there was a girl
Who lived in the land of never-never
Where all things real were unreal
- For R458, this album was always my favorite... so magical for a little kid. I wish they'd release the DVD concert from her original LIVE & MORE album.
- Why are you bumping this thread, R460? She's still dead.
- My favorite song is "Love has a mind of it's own"...can't remember the guy who sings the duet with her.
- Her voice was amazing! It got better with age. I hope there is a lot of unreleased material that will surface now that she is gone.
- That bitch still dead?
Damn she knows how to milk it don't she?
- Still dead.
- I've got my finger on the trigger
- Ooh that's racist, it says one thing but it makes you think of another.
- She's had her last dance.
- oh my...
- BITCHES I'M STILL DEAD
- I'm been listening to her a lot lately. I think she's an incredibly underrated pop singer. She's always interesting to listen to. Perhaps because she's never OTT, she got lost in the shuffle when people praise "sangers" like Aretha LaBelle, Patti LaBelle, and Whitney Houston.
- Aretha LaBelle!? I mean, HateAretha Franklin.
- Without me your career would be nothing. In fact disco wouldn't exsist
- And in other breaking news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
- Bitches, I'm still dead and you're all talking about some fag from Welcome Back Kotter.
The only thing good about Kotter is they didn't rhyme otter with it in the opening song. Which they asked me to sing and I told them to get bent
- Do you think Donna could do hip hop and rap.
I don't see her competing with M.I.A very well
- Good catch R390. I was kinda annoyed when I found that out recently though it made perfect sense, but Lonnie was definitely one of the better SAW acts from then.
As far as latter era Donna goes then it's all about "Dinner With Gershwin", that was a nice comeback for her as well.
To the people here who don't get it and cite some of her cheesier hits, then it's really all about one song - I Feel Love, the most influential dance record in history and should have got her and Moroder in the R&R Hall of Fame. That must have felt way ahead of its time and so futuristic in 1977. I'm surprised it wasn't a bigger hit in the US, it can't be homophobia as early as then, maybe too progressive for top 40 radio?
No surprise New Order got Blue Monday off her (and other tracks) "Our Love".
- It isn't all about I Feel Love, Donna had a rich, powerful voice and was always fabulous in concert. Even though I don't think she did get around to recording an album of standards, the family probably has recordings of all her tours. And she'd always sing standards on her tours. An standards album could be assembled from that, which would be absolutely stunning.
- Well of course there's more to her than IFL, but the ones that said they didn't get the fuss were quoting the obvious cheesy hits, doing a big injustice to her contribution to electronic music.
The thing that shocked me about her death was she was the only diva who still had her old voice and up until the last clips we saw of her was great which suggested perfect health, so surely we'd see clues of vocal decline. That 9/11 explanation is bizarre.. and I'm shocked she smoked at one point, but I couldn't believe that Whitney was a smoker from the start back in her 80s heyday with that pure voice.
Anyway I love this Grammys clip. I bet the original singers, not least poor Gloria Gaynor were mightily pissed off Donna got to sing them!
- Never can say goodbye no, no, no
- Bitches I'm still dead and STILL haven't made 600+ posts
You assholes better get talking
- Someone started a thread here at DL on Vanity...you know the no-talent whore/Christian...pop stars like Vanity pushed talented Donna in the background while the talentless ones like her made sexy videos and it's now the norm in the industry. Hate it!
- Her husband just needs to empty out the vaults. The 1980 special was brought up and people wondered why it hasn't been released on dvd. The editor of that special tried to convince Donna's husband to release it in 2010, on its 30th anniversary, but he wouldn't go for it. The editor says he had insisted everything be recorded in stereo, so it would be suitable for dvd release. After he gave up on a dvd release, he uploaded a few clips of his pristine copy on YouTube, and also auctioned off a dvd copy on eBay.
One of her final recordings was played once by Larry Flick on OutQ. It was called "Freedom", but Flick was instructed to only play it once as a surprise. Donna's daughter Amanda mentioned that some "fun stuff" might be coming out. This was clearly a reference to "Freedom" and other final recordings, but the fans thought it was weird she called it "fun stuff", which doesn't sound like what they'd call it if they're releasing a complete album. Also why did she say "might", just release the fucking recordings. The daughters and husband are filthy rich because of Donna's talent, it's time for them to give back to the fans. I'm worried it isn't going to be a priority though, although if Donna had wanted it to be a priority, it would be. She would've instructed them exactly what to do with the unreleased stuff. We'll see what happens.
- Watching live videos clips of her, she seems kind of a cold performer. Great vocals but kind of aloof/unreadable in the face. I wonder if that contributed to curtailing her career.
- No, making a ton of money on her disco hits and then preferring to be a stay-at-home mom curtailed her career. She ended up treating her career like a hobby, confident her raw talent would allow her to come back to it whenever she was in the mood. And she did tour pretty successfully the last 20 yrs for someone who hadn't had a Top 40 hit since '89.
- Vanity and Apollonia had some good shit though, talent or not. Prime Princely stuff there.
- PIECES OF SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm still dead
- Is she still dead?
- Is she still dead too?
- Would this thread have hit 600 by now, if those pesky AIDS comments rumour didn't exist?
- Still Dead bitches
- And still way more talented than most gay icons, especially the current crop.
- This year's VH1 Divas Live, airing in a few weeks, is going to be a tribute to Donna and Whitney. Donna had the highest rating program on VH1 in 1999, her "Live & More Encore" concert. They kept asking her to do Divas Live, and then finally just gave her her own concert.
- Excuse me! Still dead here!
- I didn't know she recorded a Christmas album.
- The Christmas album was her only all-ballads album, I wish she'd recorded more of those. "Breath Of Heaven" was the single, it was originally written and recorded by Amy Grant, and is my favorite track on the album. The title track, "Christmas Spirit", is also a favorite.
- Someone make anew thread
- Has her condition changed?
- [quote]Someone started a thread here at DL on Vanity...you know the no-talent whore/Christian...pop stars like Vanity pushed talented Donna in the background while the talentless ones like her made sexy videos and it's now the norm in the industry. Hate it!
God, you're such a stupid and bitter cunt, R483.
- Muertos! Muertos!
- Did Donna win the Oscar for 'Last Dance' or was she just the performer? I guess I'm wondering if she has a shot at the Oscar obituary reel.
- R502, Last Dance did win the Oscar in '79.
- The song won an Oscar, she didn't write it. Her friend Paul Jabara wrote if for her. He didn't like that Moroder was downplaying her voice, when Jabara knew she could really belt. Moroder was actually mad that she wasn't going to use her falsetto on it. So Jabara really came to the rescue and made Donna a true pop star.
I think it also won the Golden Globe, and I don't know if that would've been awarded to her, probably not. But she did perform it live in the movie. It also won the "Best R&B Vocal Performance Female" Grammy.
- Sadly, Summer didn't pen 'Last Dance', so she isn't qualified for inclusion in the Oscar obituary reel.
- Thanks, r504.
- Wai - but you don't have to be an Oscar winner to be on the reel, do you? Don't you just have to have appeared in movies?
Deborah Kerr and Michael Jackson
- [quote]Wai - but you don't have to be an Oscar winner to be on the reel, do you? Don't you just have to have appeared in movies?
Honestly, it's a mystery.
- Paul Jabara wrote the same song over and over...
He wrote, "The Main Event," "Enough Is Enough," and "It's Raining Men," notice they pretty much are all the same.
- Didn't Donna and Paul Jabara have a big falling-out and she never spoke to him again? Even when he was on his deathbed from AIDS? I half-remember hearing that.
- Donna had taken New York Magazine to court for printing "the rumor" as fact. They claimed she "wouldn't apologize" because an AIDS anthem that Jabara had written, wasn't on her new album. Donna had recorded a demo for it a year earlier, but had never intended to put it on her 1991 album, because it didn't suit the Urban style of that album. They wanted Jabara to testify for her, which he would've been happy to do but he was in failing health, on his deathbed. Apparently he thought they were being too insistent about it and wouldn't simply accept no for an answer, which led to the rift and them not speaking anymore at the end.
- Well, now that she's dead, it REALLY IS her last dance...
- BITCHES I'm NUMBER THREE
- I can't believe it's been a year already
- I know. That year went incredibly fast. It seemed like we were just talking about Donna Summer.
- When are the going to put together a CD with unreleased material? They have had a year so far.
- I don't understand why her song "Supernatural Love" wasn't a big hit. It's one of her best 80's songs.
- I'm still dead you bitches
- Her family is curating her twitter feed and they are very gay-friendly, mentioning support for gay marriage multiple times. That poor woman was just misunderstood, what a waste of her exceptional talent.
- Sorry but once someone dies tgeir Twitter feed should too.
- [quote] That poor woman was just misunderstood.
That poor woman despised the gays because she didn't realize that we were her only fans. She only changed her tune after her career nose-dived into obscurity.
[quote] "It was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve," Summer was quoted as having said during the Atlantic City performance by the Village Voice, according to The Advocate. She is said to have also noted, "I've seen the evil homosexuality come out of you people... AIDS is the result of your sins. Now don't get me wrong; God loves you. But not the way you are now."
While she is purported to have recanted and written a letter, the apology was weak at best and occurred AFTER she realized the impact it was having on her career and members of ACT UP started protesting at her performances.
What truly made this unforgivable is when this all happened - at the height of the AIDS crisis, when friends of the gay community were few are far between and there was already enough fear and hatred of gays to go around without a celebrity lending her voice and credence to the bile.
I hate how are people posthumously rehabilitated. Hitler was a brilliant military leader who conquered most of Europe, but you know, he kind of killed a lot of people - no one (except neo nazi racists) are trying to rehab his image.
- [quote] Hitler was a brilliant military leader
Godwin's law, you lose, ridiculous drama queen.
And "said to have also noted" is a really believable quote, she said never said anything like that. The Adam & Steve thing was as bad as it got, and it as just because she apparently thought it would taken as a tongue-in-cheek gentle jibe, nothing more. It was no secret to her she was a gay icon and most her fans were gay, therefore, coming from her, she thought it wouldn't be read as hateful. It was stupid yes, she could be quite naive and stupid, but it wasn't hateful.
To quote Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys:
If she said it (the rumor) I think we can all forgive her now, because she was absolutely crazy at the time. And let's face it, she's a really great singer. What about that duet with Barbra Streisand? She blew her away, more or less.
- [quote] I'm still dead you bitches
She's still dead? Oh, goody! I can do a duet with her!
- Love Donna and have struggled with what she supposedly said. Even if she did make those comments we all make mistakes and I feel she made up for them throughout the years. I saw her a few years ago and her voice was incredible. I would hate for people to judge me for things I said 30 plus years ago.
- Neil Tennant was right. She was fucked up beyond belief during that time. People say and do stupid things in that state.
- The "Adam & Steve" quote has been debated several times. My understanding is that it was Gloria Gaynor, not Donna Summer, who said that. Whoever repeated the story got the 2 of them confused.
- Listening to her rock out is a helluva lot more fun than rehashing the ancient rumor. Blasting This Time I Know It's For Real in my headphones right now.
- Donna's output in the late 70s was unreal. Fantastic music that transcended disco. Her album tracks were just as good as her singles, which is not usually the case with many artists.
I never believed Donna Summer made anti-gay comments. She allegedly said them in concert, but where is the documentation? Summer was a HUGE star in the early 80s when the comments were allegedly made, and if she said them in such a large public forum as a concert those comments would have been picked up and reported in every newspaper in the country. There is zero evidence she ever said anything at all anti-gay, and she vehemently denied it for the rest of her life.
I know people who worked in the music business back then and they told me the rumor is that David Geffen was the one who started the stories of Donna being anti-gay. Donna was on Geffen Records at the time and she and David did not get along. Her Geffen albums didn't sell as well as her 70s albums, but then she did "She Works Hard For the Money" to finish out her contract with Casablanca/Polygram, and of course it was a smash hit and made multi-millions. Geffen was royally pissed that his label didn't get that album and he didn't make any money off of it, so the anti-gay shit was apparently his revenge. That's the story I heard, anyway.
Whatever the case, Donna Summer was a tremendous talent and it's terrible she died at a relatively young age. I wonder if her family is going to put out an album of previously unreleased material - I would love to hear it.
- If only there had been camera phones back then like there are at concerts now...
- Met her backstage in Tahoe late 70s. I was dating her flaming Jew financial advisor (what else?) at the time. He was tall, gorgeous and wiggled he walked. Donna was lovely. BTW George Hamilton dropped in with then wife Alana. GH was the prettiest orange wallflower I've ever seen.
- R528, no unreleased tracks announced to be released yet, and we definitely want the studio version of My Life, from her musical, which will undoubtedly be a fan favorite when they finally release it. They are releasing a remix album in October at least, I guess that's a start.
- Here's news on the Donna Summer remix album coming out in October. Giorgio Moroder himself has remixed some of the classic 70s tracks.
- Well as long as you bumped ol' Donna, one juicy bit of news about the upcoming remix album is it will include an unreleased track "La Doice Vita" which is credited to Donna & Giorgio Moroder. So it's their final collaboration apparently.
- I was listening to "Heaven Knows" the other day and was really reminded of how great a singer she was. That wasn't one of her most memorable songs, but she sounded fantastic on it. A genuine talent.
- Great voice.
- iTunes still hasn't released The Wanderer and Cats Without Claws.
- I totally agree.
- Yeah. Totally BREAKING!!!
If today were more than a year ago.
- Don't know why this was bumped BUT...
After her untimely passing, I have encountered SEVERAL gay men and women who knew and/or worked for Donna Summer. They have only ever described her in the most favorable terms, noting her warmth, kindness and apparent acceptance of their orientation (ie. Remembering partner's name, enquiring about partner's well-being, etc.) It is truly a shame that the rumors of her being homophobic lasted beyond her life.
- It was David Geffen who destroyed Donna's career.
"This mogul is A list. It seems like sometimes you can't escape his name in this town. He built his name by destroying others who got in his way and those people he just didn't like. He's still that way but this is about the woman who he destroyed because of his own personal vendetta that was wholly imagined. The problem he has to this day is he never admits when he is wrong. It's pretty tough to have any one like you or be your friend if you are unwilling to admit you are wrong. This all started a few years ago. At the time this celebrity/singer was A+ list. She was on the top of the charts and the top of the world and was selling millions of records. At her peak she abruptly decided to switch record labels. The label she switched to was owned by our jerk mogul who fired the singer's producer and told her all of her new songs she was recording were awful. They weren't. Shortly after he signed her to his label the two got into an argument because he didn't believe she was tolerant of other people. Time and again she had proven otherwise but now the mogul had it in his mind that she wasn't and leaked false stories to newspapers and magazines that the singer was using slurs against a group of people. Our singer started to sue the mogul but he paid her off and she went away barely to be heard from ever again. Meanwhile, those songs that were so awful? He gave them to the singer who always covered for him and it relaunched her career and gave her a string of number one songs".
- @R541: Who was the singer he gave Donna's songs to? ONJ?
- Really? She died again? Good thing no one threw out the ***BREAKING*** headline.
- Cher R542.
- BREAKING! BREAKING! BREAKING! Is still here as evidenced by the shit stain currently posting about a Meryl/Glenn Oscar feud which will not happen for another two years.
These BREAKING! people seem so starved for attention they'll go to any lengths to make fools of themselves, and BREAKING! for an event which will not happen for two years is the best example of this.
- I love you, R545.
- Geffen is a vindictive cunt, so the story is highly believable.
- Still dead?
- I forgot she died.
- It has been confirmed. Donna Summer is still seriously dead.
- r550 This will seriously kill her career.
- Definitely not ONJ, R542. Her only involvement with Geffen was a one-off lullaby album in '89 which was never intended to be a chart topper.
I want to know who the mystery singer is/was, too.
- Still dead. Still missed.
- Donna Summer was NOT anti-gay! I met her in the Cantor's Deli in L.A. back in the 70's (1978?) when I was dating a very hot looking guy who was a Freddie Mercury look alike. We were seated about two tables away from her and she was eating a sandwich, along with two men I presumed to be her bodyguards. I told the waiter that I wanted to pay for their combined lunches as I was so stunned that I got to see her live and in person without having to seek her out. The waiter whispered something to her and pointed in our direction. She got out of her seat and came up to us to thank us but she declined our offer as Casablanca was paying for her food. I shook her hand and gave her a hug and thanked her for putting out some great music as it gave me joy to hear her. She thanked me again and then went back to her table. That is a memory indelibly stamped in my brain. If she was homophobic you could have fooled me. She was a down to earth Boston girl at heart.
- R554, you'll no doubt get some bitchy shit from others about that story... but I like it. She's one I wish I'd met.
- Yeah, but did she tip the waiter?
- The posters who keep rebumping this thread are serious necrophiles. But each to their own. Maybe the her estate can arrange to to stuff her body and install a loudspeaker inside. They could hold concerts with her propped up on stage, singing "Hot Stuff."
- R545, it is as if they have no faith in their writing and reporting abilities. They fear ***NO ONE*** will read their pearls of ***WISDOM*** unless they ***JACK UP*** their headlines this way.
- I almost said Laura Branigan was the one Geffen gave Donna's songs to (Branigan had monster hits with "Gloria" and "Self Control") but I looked her up and she was signed with Clive Davis and Arista at the time. I can't think of another female singer who was signed with Geffen back then except for Cher, and she didn't have any hits in the early 80s. Her late 80s comeback on the music scene was after she'd switched to another label.
- [quote] He gave them to the singer who always covered for him and it relaunched her career and gave her a string of number one songs".
Sure sounds like Cher - especially the "covered
for him" (bearding).