Donna Summer Dead: 10 Of Her Greatest Hits (LISTEN)

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: Updated: 17/05/2012 18:51

Five-time Grammy Award winner Donna Summer was renowned for being the Queen of high-energy disco.

She shot to fame in the 1970s singing a string of classic disco hits, including Love to Love You Baby, Bad Girls and Hot Stuff.

During her 40-year career, she worked with the likes of Giorgio Moroder, David Geffen, Stock Aitken and Waterman, and Barbra Streisand. Her last single, To Paris with Love, topped the US dance chart in 2010.

In 1977 Summer was interviewed about her single I Feel Love and said "this song became a hit because it has a high-energy vibe".

Following that interview, the description "high-energy" was increasingly applied to high-tempo disco music - or Hi-NRG, as it became known.

In 2004, Summer was inducted to the Dance Music Hall of Fame, alongside The Bee Gees and Barry Gibb. Her classic song, I Feel Love, was also inducted that night.

Summer had been been suffering from cancer and passed away in Florida, her publicist confirmed.

LISTEN: 10 of her greatest hits...


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  • David Foster And Friends In Concert

    LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 01: Singer Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • 2011 Winter TCA Tour - Day 5

    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: Singer Donna Summer performs onstage during the 'Great Performances: Hitman Returns - David Foster & Friends' panel at the PBS portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • Nobel Peace Prize Concert Rehearsals

    OSLO, NORWAY - DECEMBER 10: Donna Summer performs during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert Rehearsals at Oslo Spektrum on December 10, 2009 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Sandy Young/Getty Images for Nobel Peace Prize)

  • Disco diva Donna Summer poses for photographers during a signing at HMV music store in Oxford Street, central London to promote both her new book 'Ordinary Girl', and her latest album 'The Very Best Of Donna Summer'.

  • Donna Summer performs live concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA, USA on June 25, 2009.

  • Donna Summer performs live on stage during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, held at the Oslo Spectrum, in Oslo, Norway, on December 11, 2009.

  • Singer Donna Summer holds her award at the Billboard Number 1 Music Awards in Santa Monica, Ca., Dec. 11, 1977. Summer was given the top disco artist of the year award. (AP Photo)

  • Singer Donna Summer swings the skirt of her leopard print dress as she performs during her concert at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, Ca., Wednesday night, Aug. 11, 1979. (AP Photo)

  • American singer Donna Summer arrives at Heathrow Airport for her sold out concert tour of Britain.

  • Singer Donna Summer poses with three awards she won at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., Jan. 12, 1979. Summer won for favorite female vocalist; favorite single record, "Last Dance"; and favorite album "Live and More" in a newly-created disco category. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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