Another musical icon has died. The great singing talent, Donna Summer passed away today at the age of 63 years after a battle with lung cancer, a disease she reportedly contracted after inhaling fumes from the horrific 9/11 attack. Horrible to read and even worse to type. I wonder how many others have suffered or will suffer a similar fate?
According to a family statement:
“Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith,” the singer’s family said in a statement issued Thursday.
“While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”
Ms. Summer was known as the Queen Of Disco and rightfully so. Her dance music blazed through the Billboard charts garnering four number one singles within a 13-month period.
I always admired her refined technical skills. The voice always came first and she, interestingly enough, was not the smoothest dancer. However, the power and energy of her vocal gift motivated the listener to move and groove to her music.
And, to watch her was such a joy. She was a relaxed, in-control presence on the stage and knew how, in her own quiet way, to energize her listeners. She was absolutely one of the greatest voices of our time and left us far too soon.
The MCL Community wish to extend condolences to her family and friends. R.I.P. Ms. Summer. We shall miss you!