Donna Summer died this morning after a battle with cancer at the age of 63. Her fantastic success as the 'Queen of Disco' saw her hit the Billboard Hot 100 32 times, including 14 No. 1 hits. Tributes have been coming in from the music community, and we've compiled a few below.
"I am deeply saddened personally for the loss of my dear friend Donna Summer. She and I have been friends for a very long time, we were both known as the 'Queen of Disco," but Donna always referred to me as the "First Lady of Disco." A fine lady and human being she was. She will be missed dearly by her colleagues, friends and family. She not only made her mark in my heart as well as others, but she forever changed the way of how America danced and enjoyed themselves. She may have had her 'Last Dance' here on earth, but 'Heaven Knows' it is "dancing with joy for her arrival." - GLORIA GAYNOR
For the last half hour or so I've been lying in my bed crying and stunned. Donna Summer RIP fb.me/15xygMV45
- Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) May 17, 2012
Donna Summer. Man I can't believe this--- like "My Baby Understands" was on my workout playlist this morning! This MORNING! God...I just...
- Questo of The Roots (@questlove) May 17, 2012
Damnnn, Donna Summer too? Wow, RIP. Our culture is so indebted to her.
- A-Trak (@atrak) May 17, 2012
R.I.P Donna Summer...I remember roller skating to hits like "Last Dance" "Hot Stuff" & "Bad Girls." Synonymous with the 70's.. #QueenOfDisco
- Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) May 17, 2012
I'm getting tired of these 3 keys...RIP this time to Donna summer an amazing trailblazer !
- QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) May 17, 2012
"Rest in Power @TheDonnaSummer (our Casablanca label mate). We are losing a great generation of musicians. This week is tough. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7185/6808522580_c9929a226f_z.jpg" - George Clinton, via Facebook.
R.I.P. Donna Summer..."McArthur Park" wiLL always be my Jam especially at the end of the song...I still have the picture u took w/me!
- Mean Joe Preem (@REALDJPREMIER) May 17, 2012
Close to tears listening to "I Feel Love". What a woman, most sexual vocal ever recorded.
- La Roux (@larouxofficial) May 17, 2012
To my friend Donna Summer, You will be missed but not 4gotten. The first Diva, WE love you. Prayers to the family & friends.
- SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) May 17, 2012
RIP Donna Summers!!!!!!!!!Ã°ÂŸÂ˜Â". You were truly a game changer!!!
- Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) May 17, 2012
Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer! It's the end of an era. Peace & prayers 2 all who loved her. I will miss her!
- Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) May 17, 2012
this cant be tru tmz.com/2012/05/17/don… i cant believe this RIP Donna Summer. at a lost 4words
- Timbaland (@Timbaland) May 17, 2012
I may be an 80's baby, but I LOVED the disco era. Donna Summer & Diana Ross were the inspiration for my 70's scene in Pretty Girl Rock vid!!
- Keri Hilson (@KeriHilson) May 17, 2012
Donna Summer-You have inspired me in so many ways.....
- solange knowles (@solangeknowles) May 17, 2012
Aaawww man Rest in Paradise to Ms. Donna Summers....
- Ghostface Killah (@GhostfaceKillah) May 17, 2012
Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer.Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.
- Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) May 17, 2012
RIP Donna Summer. We're losing our legends at an alarming rate.
- Bryan-Michael Cox (@BRYAN_M_COX) May 17, 2012
Five-time GRAMMY® winner Donna Summer had a dynamic voice and unique musical style that helped define the dance music genre in the '70s. She also was an artist who crossed many musical genres, as evidenced by her GRAMMY wins in the R&B, rock, inspirational and dance categories. Her talent was a true gift to the music industry, and our thoughts and sympathies are with her family, friends and fans throughout the world during this difficult time. - Neil Portnow, president/CEO, The Recording Academy