After a battle with cancer, recording artist Donna Summer has died at the age of 63. The news of her death was first reported this morning by TMZ. Summer, the Queen of Disco, was a platinum-selling singer who was the winner of five Grammy Awards and six American Music Awards.
Summer, born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston, launched her musical career on stage in Munich, Germany in productions of Hair and Porgy and Bess. She moved on to pop music in 1971 and recorded the single "Sally Go 'Round the Roses", and she became a star in 1975 with her hit "Love to Love You Baby." Over her long career, she had 32 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and had three back-to-back number one albums on the Billboard 200.
Donna Summer’s songs were regularly used in movies and television soundtracks, and one of her biggest hits, the song “Last Dance,” won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Her music has been used in dramas and comedies ranging from the likes of Frost/Nixon , Charlie Wilson’s War, and Biutiful to Zoolander and The Full Monty.
Summer is survived by her husband, her three daughters, and four grandchildren.