Yesterday the world lost the undisputed Queen of Disco Donna Summer when she passed away at the age of 63 of lung cancer. Today the world is still reeling from the loss. Singer Beyoncé Knowles, who I argue owes a huge debt of gratitude to Summer, has posted a touching tribute to Donna Summer on her official website. Click below to read what Bey has to say about Donna’s tragic passing.
“DONNA SUMMER MADE MUSIC THAT MOVED ME BOTH EMOTIONALLY AND PHYSICALLY TO GET UP AND DANCE. YOU COULD ALWAYS HEAR THE DEEP PASSION IN HER VOICE. SHE WAS SO MUCH MORE THAN THE QUEEN OF DISCO SHE BECAME KNOWN FOR, SHE WAS AN HONEST AND GIFTED SINGER WITH FLAWLESS VOCAL TALENT. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN A HUGE FAN AND WAS HONORED TO SAMPLE ONE OF HER SONGS. SHE TOUCHED MANY GENERATIONS AND WILL BE SO SADLY MISSED.
MY LOVE GOES OUT TO HER FAMILY DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
This is a very nice sentiment but honestly, there would be no Beyoncé without Donna Summer. In fact, dance/pop music as we know it owes much to Summer’s trailblazing career in the 70s and 80s. Donna’s music came well before its time and we are all the better for it. Donna Summer and her talent touched so many people, it’s impossible to quantify her importance. I am happy to see that Beyoncé posted one of her now trademark letters to Donna Summer because many of us, just like Beyoncé, are huge fans of her insane talent.