Queen of disco, mother of modern dance music.
Dance music would not be what it is today without five-time Grammy winner Donna Summer. When Brian Eno heard her, he declared, “I have heard the sound of the future.” He was right.
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Hall of Fame Essay
Donna Summer is the Queen of Disco. Within a genre that sprouted anonymous voices, Summer, who died on May 17, 2012, was prolific, versatile, and determined.
Pushing boundaries, she symbolized a time that her work transcended. Her influence, from Madonna to Beyonce, from the invention of the twelve-inch to the whole of modern EDM, is immeasurable.
She was no producer’s puppet: Her association with the production team of Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte was one of collaboration, as she cowrote eight of her fourteen Top Ten pop chart singles. A ninth, “Dim All the Lights,” she wrote on her own.
her gift filled every ear.
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