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Posted: May 17, 2012, 2:43 pm - IP Logged

Rest in Peace, Donna Summer.

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    Posted: May 17, 2012, 2:59 pm - IP Logged

    Yes indeed ... Rest In Peace Donna Summer. 

    Your music will always be in heavy rotation in my house!

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         Disco Queen Donna Summer dies at 63  .........  Rest in Peace Blue Angel

       

      LaDonna Adrian Gaines (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012, was born in Boston, Massachusetts), known by the stage name Donna Summer, was an American singer/songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the 1970s. She had a mezzo-soprano vocal range, and was a five-time  Grammy Award winner. Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period.

      Summer died on May 17, 2012. The Associated Press reports that she died in the morning at her home in Key West, Florida at age 63 following a battle with cancer.

      ~Wikipedia

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      Like the King of Pop or the Queen of Soul, Donna Summer was bestowed a title fitting of musical royalty — the Queen of Disco.

      Yet unlike Michael Jackson or Aretha Franklin, it was a designation she wasn't comfortable embracing.

      "I grew up on rock `n' roll," Summer once said when explaining her reluctance to claim the title.

      Indeed, as disco boomed then crashed in a single decade in the 1970s, Summer, the beautiful voice and face of the genre with pulsating hits like "I Feel Love," "Love to Love You Baby" and "Last Dance," would continue to make hits incorporating the rock roots she so loved. One of her biggest hits, "She Works Hard for the Money," came in the early 1980s and relied on a smoldering guitar solo as well as Summer's booming voice.

      Yet it was with her disco anthems that she would have the most impact in music, and it's how she was remembered Thursday as news spread of her death at age 63.

      Summer died of cancer Thursday morning in Naples, Fla., said her publicist Brian Edwards. Her family released a statement saying they "are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy."

      It had been decades since that brief, flashy moment when Summer was every inch the Disco Queen.

      Her glittery gowns and long eyelashes. Her luxurious hair and glossy, open lips. Her sultry vocals, her bedroom moans and sighs. She was as much a part of the culture as disco balls, polyester, platform shoes and the music's pulsing, pounding rhythms.

      Summer's music gave voice to not only a musical revolution, but a cultural one — a time when sex, race, fashion and drugs were being explored and exploited with freedom like never before in the United States.

      Her rise was inseparable from disco's itself, even though she remained popular for years after the genre she helped invent had died. She won a Grammy for best rock vocal performance for "Hot Stuff," a fiery guitar-based song that represented her shift from disco to more rock-based sounds, and created another kind of anthem with "She Works Hard for the Money," this time for women's rights.

      Elton John said in a statement that Summer was more than the Queen of Disco.

      "Her records sound as good today as they ever did. That she has never been inducted into the Rock `n' Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted," he said. "She is a great friend to me and to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and I will miss her greatly."

      Summer may not have liked the title and later became a born-again Christian, but many remembered her best for her early years, starting with the sinful "Love to Love You Baby."

      Released in 1975, a breakthrough hit for Summer and for disco, it was a legend of studio ecstasy and the genre's ultimate sexual anthem. Summer came up with the idea of the song and first recorded it as a demo in 1975, on the condition that another singer perform it commercially. But Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart liked the track so much that he suggested to producer Giorgio Morodor they re-record it, and make it longer — what would come to be known as a "disco disc."

      Summer had reservations about the lyrics — "Do it to me again and again" — but imagined herself as a movie star playing a part as if she were Marilyn Monroe. So she agreed to sing, lying down on the studio floor, in darkness, and letting her imagination take over. Solo and multitracked, she whispered, she groaned, she crooned. Drums, bass, strings and keyboards answered her cries. She simulated climax so many times that the BBC kept count: 23, in 17 minutes.

      What started as a scandal became a classic. The song was later sampled by LL Cool J, Timbaland and Beyonce, who interpolated the hit for her jam "Naughty Girl." It was also Summer's U.S. chart debut and the first of 19 No. 1 dance hits between 1975 and 2008 — second only to Madonna.

      Summer, real name LaDonna Adrian Gaines, was born in 1948 in Boston. She was raised on gospel music and became the soloist in her church choir by age 10.

      "There was no question I would be a singer, I just always knew. I had credit in my neighborhood, people would lend me money and tell me to pay it back when I got famous," Summer said in a 1989 interview with The Associated Press.

      Before disco, she had already reinvented herself several times. She sang Motown songs with local groups in Boston as a teenager, then dropped out of school in the late 1960s and switched to pyschedelic rock after hearing Janis Joplin. An attempt to get a part in the musical "Hair" led her to get the principal role in Munich. She stayed in Germany for five years, worked in other productions and modeled.

      Meanwhile, she was performing in operas, singing backup for Three Dog Night and other groups and releasing songs of her own. A marriage to Helmuth Sommer didn't last, but the singer did hold on to her ex-husband's last name, changing it to "Summer." By 1974, she had met producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte and released her first album, "Lady of the Night," to success in Europe.

      Then came "Love to Love You Baby," her memorable U.S. debut. Through the rest of the disco era she burned up the charts: She was the only artist to have three consecutive double-LPs hit No. 1, "Live and More," "Bad Girls" and "On the Radio." She was also the first female artist with four No. 1 singles in a 13-month period, according to the Rock Hall of Fame, where she was a nominee this year but was passed over.

      Musically, she began to change in 1979 with "Hot Stuff," which had a tough, rock `n' roll beat. Her diverse sound helped her earn Grammy Awards in the dance, rock, R&B and inspirational categories.

      Summer said grew up on rock `n' roll and later covered the Bruce Springsteen song "Protection."

      "I like the Moody Blues, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones as well as Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, the Supremes and Temptations," she said. "I didn't know many white kids who didn't know the Supremes; I don't know many black kids who don't know the Moody Blues."

      Warwick said in a statement that she was sad to lose a great performer and "dear friend."

      "My heart goes out to her husband and her children," Warwick said. "Prayers will be said to keep them strong."

      Summer later became a born-again Christian and was accused of making anti-gay comments in relation to the AIDS epidemic — a particular problem for a woman who was and remains a gay icon. Summer denied making the comments, but became the target of a boycott.

      Religion played an important role in her later life, said Michael Levine, who briefly worked as her publicist.

      "Her passion in her life, besides music, was God, spirituality and religion. She held a bible study class at her home every week," he said.

      Summer released her last album, "Crayons," in 2008. It was her first full studio album in 17 years. She also performed on "American Idol" that year with its top female contestants.

      Summer is survived by her husband, Bruce Sudano, and three daughters, Brooklyn, Mimi and Amanda.

      Thanks ~ MESFIN FEKADU

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        Posted: May 17, 2012, 9:25 pm - IP Logged

        RIP Blue Angel

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          Posted: May 21, 2012, 12:11 am - IP Logged

          Heaven Knows ~ You Will Surely Be Missed!

          R.I.P Donna Summer.

           

           

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            Heaven Knows ~ You Will Surely Be Missed!

            R.I.P Donna Summer.

             

             

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            5-6-7-8: Donna Summer's legacy revealed by her Astro Numeric Numbers

             

            On Thursday the great singer-songwriter Donna Summer passed away. She was only 63.
            Summer was known as the Queen of Disco, though she wasn't too comfortable with that label, preferring to be known for her rock'n roll roots. One of her big hits "She Works Hard for the Money" reflected her love of rock.
            Yet, she is remembered foremost for her pulsating disco songs "I Feel Love", "Last Dance" and "Love to Love You Baby".
            Donna Summer had an unforgettable voice. Her legacy will transcend time.
            Not surprisingly the Numbers Code activated on the day she died, May 17, 2012, reflects who she was (a power house!) and what she leaves behind.


              17 is the Number of Immortality -her songs will continue to live on. 17 adds up to 8, the infinity symbol of longevity and power.
            Notice that Summer was 63 years-old. 63 adds up to the root number 9, symbolizing culminations, endings and letting go. Isn't it amazing then that Summer was experiencing an 11 Personal Year as well, since 11 cycles indicate Double New Beginnings!
            When transition numbers 9 and 11 combine in this way they bring a transcendence and transformation to a new level of existence - a metamorphosis.


              Also, her 11 Year activated one of the three important birth numbers in her Personal Numerology Blueprint - Summer's 29/11 Life Purpose Number. Anytime you are in a cycle that reflects an important number in your chart, life gets more intense.
            Donna Summer was born on the last day of the year, December 31.


              Number 31 people have a natural genius to think outside the box and carry a mysterious, magnetic presence. Being born on the LAST day of the year means you are able to bridge the past, present and future - the alpha and omega - in a brilliant way. These people are fascinating and highly creative.


              It makes total sense then that Summer reinvented herself several times. She sang Motown songs as a teenager, switched to rock, then moved to Germany and performed in operas!

            In 1975 her disco career was launched, and Summer became the first female singer with four No. 1 singles in a 13-month span.
            Notice the numbers 13/4 and 1 - these two numbers connect directly into her birth blueprint, namely her 31/4 Day of Birth and her 10/1 Destiny Number.


              You see, Donna Summer's birth name adds up to the number 82, which reduces to 10/1. With that kind of Destiny, she was born to lead! 1 people want to be, well, number 1! And the number 10 showed her ability to manifest her ideas quickly, since 10 is the "Instant Manifestation" Number.


              As I mentioned, Summer's full birthday adds up to a 29/11 Life Purpose. This Master Number enhances her originality, artistry, inspiration and leadership gifts.


              One final note on Summer's personal cycles activated the day she died, May 17.


              The month of May 2012 was a 16/7 Personal Month for Summer, indicating sudden and often major unexpected shifts.
            The 17th of May for Summer was a 24/6 Personal Day for the legendary singer. 6 is a number of love, home and family. This

            indicates she transitioned back 'home' yesterday surrounded by loving friends and family.
            May Donna Summer's Soul continue its journey of blessing the universe with creativity, joy and passion. (thanks Tania)

             

            R.I.P.

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              THANKS FOR POSTING GUYS I ENJOYED WATCHING THIS.  I AM A 70'S CHILD AND I REMEMBER HER VERY WELL AS HER CAREER STARTED.  DONNA SUMMER WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AND AND MAY SHE REST IN HEAVEN WITH HER FELLOW CO WORKERS. 

              GOD BLESS