Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Donna Summer has died aged 63; her death was announced on Thursday.  Reports say that singer died from cancer.  Her one time producer Giorgio Moroder, Madonna and Elton John are among the many celebrities paying tribute.

Donna Summer first found fame in the seventies and was most famous for her disco influenced early records.  The upbeat “On the Radio” and the sensuous-sounding “Love to Love You” were among her many hits.

Donna Summer had a resurgence in the UK in the late eighties when she adopted more of a dance sound and worked with music producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman.  Her collaborations with S/A/W gave her a string of top twenty hits; Pete Waterman has paid tribute to the singer.

The singer was dubbed “the Queen of disco”, something she had made light of in interviews.  Her success carried on into the 2000s and she continued with the dance sound which worked well with her strong, soulful vocals.

As well as three multi-platinum selling albums, Donna Summer won five Grammy awards and was nominated for 17.  Although she was inducted in the Dance Music Hall of Fame, she missed out on being inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

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