I Love to Love You Baby was the most risky song on radio during Donna Summer’s era. She won 5 Grammy’s and had an impact on the sound of Disco which became what is known as Pop today.
Donna Summer never looked at chart ratings, and didn’t call herself a diva even though people called her a Diva. With 17 chart topping albums she surpassed the reign of Disco music and crossed over into contemporary RnB.
In 2003 she authored a book, Ordinary Girl and discussed false rumors of her being homophobic. She stated that media grossly misrepresented her words and urged her fans to not read newspapers or listen to the media that perpetuated rumors that she was homophobic. However, she mentioned how “they” the media called her a transexual at one point, too and how she continued her successful journey despite negative media.
On May 17, 2012 Donna Summer succumbed to Breast Cancer at 63 years old laying to rest she was a man because she wore a Swedish maid inspired wig most of the time, and will always be remembered as a trendsetter in music, fashion and popularizing the ‘big wig’ era. One of her most widely critically acclaimed songs was McAuthor Park which even young music listeners today know of as an anthem of Heartbreak for her famous lyric, “Someone left the cake out in the rain, I don’t think I can take it cause it took so long to make it and I’ll never have that recipe again.”
Another trendsetting song was Last Dance which put Disco on the map. The voice, the diva, the first lady of Disco Soul, Donna Summers will never be forgotten, but it is sad that she died so young. Some cancers can be prevented or treated if caught in time. Females especially should get bi annual pap smears and mammograms. Something every woman can learn from Donna Summers who discovered she had cancer too late.