Thursday, May 17, 2012

DONNA SUMMER (1948 - 2012)


It has been shaping up to be a terribly sad year for music as too many important and influential figures have passed away and today, we lost another great artist, the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer as she had been privately battling cancer.

Although she became best known as the face of disco music, Donna Summer had no interest in being boxed in that genre as she actively branched out to other musical styles such as rock, new-wave, inspirational and pop and with great success. The Queen won five Grammy Awards, had twenty singles reach the Billboard top-forty chart with an impressive fourteen reaching the top-ten and four making it to number one, an amazing sixteen number one songs on the U.S. Dance chart and she is ranked at number eight as one of the most successful female recording artists in history.

I am one of her biggest fans and I think she was an extraordinary talent who will always remain in our thoughts as her music will continue to live on.

Here are a few of my favorite songs by Donna Summer:

"I Feel Love" - Donna Summer (1977)

"Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)" - Donna Summer (1982)

"If It Hurts Just A Little" - Donna Summer (1982)

"Melody Of Love (Wanna Be Loved)" - Donna Summer (1994)

This is a clip from her 1979 television special made during the height of her fame which features a creative take of her great song about L.A., "Sunset People":

 

TOM PETTY (1950 - 2017)

It has been sadly confirmed that Tom Petty , the hard-driving rock performer and songwriter, has actually passed away at the age of sixty...