Donna Summer, known to many as the Queen of Disco has died. Summer was 63. Summer had a number of hits during her singing career including Bad Girls, Hot Stuff, She Works Hard for her Money and Love to Love You Baby. Summer came into the spotlight in the mid-1970s with Love to Love You Baby. The song included Summer’s whispered vocals with heavily synthesized tracks in the background. It helped to define the disco trend for the decade and was No. 2 in 1976.
Following that song, Summer released hits like Last Dance, I Feel Love and MacArthur Park. MacArthur Park was a disco-version of the hit by Richard Harris and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It began the first of four singles Summer would take to number one.
However, her Bad Girls album of 1979 helped her break out of the genre of disco, which was experiencing a backlash. The album demonstrated that Summer had stylistic and vocal range. Bad Girls produced two smash No. 1 singles Bad Girls and Hot Stuff and a ballad that reach the top 10, titled Dim All the Lights.
Nevertheless, Summer encountered some difficulties with the changeover of singing styles. Her album The Wanderer had a rock feel to it and produced just one top 10 hit, put fared poorly across the different charts, especially following the success of her Bad Girls album that spent five consecutive weeks at the No. 1 spot.
Not until her single She Works Hard for the Money in 1983 did she approach her fame of the late 1970s. It is reported that Summer lost a battle with breast cancer. Surviving Summer are her husband, Bruce Sudano, their two daughters Amanda and Brooklyn and Summers’ daughter Mimi from a prior marriage.