Donna Summer Dead at 63

Disco legend Donna Summer died this morning in Florida at the age of 63, family sources told the Associated Press. The singer had cancer for some time.

"This morning we lost Sudano Donna Summer, the woman many gifts, most to be her faith," said a statement from the family of the singer. "While we mourn her death, we live in a world celebrates the extraordinary life and its continuing legacy. Words really can not express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family during this difficult time."

The summer was five times Grammy-known hits, including "I Feel Love", "Love to Love You Baby" and "She Works Hard for the Money." Her collaboration with producer Giorgio Moroder in the seventies broke ground for dance music, and was very influential in electronic music in the coming decades.

Born and raised in Boston, grew up singing in the summer, the church long before the arrival of psychedelic rock. After winning a role in tour production of hair, she moved to Germany where she will meet Moroder. Their collaboration on the suggestive "Love to Love You Baby", who sang with a summer breathy singing style of Marilyn Monroe in mind was a huge dance floor hit after Casablanca Records "Neil Bogart requested version of the song for a long time - 17 minutes.

Summer went on to great success in the disco era, scoring a number one pop singles chart with "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls" and it is unlikely version of Jimmy Webb's "MacArthur Park". In Summer 2004 he was elected to the Hall of Fame Dance music, and in 2009 she performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in honor of President Obama.

Responding to a question after the release of her 2008 album crayons if she felt justified its longevity, Summer said: "I do not think they laughed at my music as much as they laughed at some of the music, which may come as a result of that the whole genre. But I think over time, it would be nice to restore something and say, "Well, it's stood the test of time ..." I have nothing to prove to anyone. I just get out there and do your best, and those who love it, great. And those who do not, they will move on to something else. "

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