Disco’s Daring Diva: The Donna Summer Effect

Sadly, yesterday the world bid goodbye to music legend Donna Summer.

Branded the Queen of Disco, Summer reigned over charts at a time where very few women, especially those of color, earned the title ‘sex symbol’ while simultaneously maintaining a level of class that restrained her sexuality from defining her image…

The original “naughty girl”, Summer effortlessly blended sex, fashion, and music to boldly profess her femininity – taking charge of her image in a way no woman had really done before her. With lyrics and stage shows that often left many-a-jaw dropped, the electric diva (unlike so many today) could back it up with soaring vocal displays.

Contrary to many of her peers, the death of disco by no means signaled the death of her career. Spanning hits through the 80s and 90s, her ‘Queen of Disco’ billing by no means confined her to that era.

Proof of that, though often uncredited, can be evidenced in Summer’s ongoing influence to current pop music. Through samples (Beyonce, Madonna), or even just the disco-reminiscent styling of techno pop, the Rihannas, Lady Gagas, Kelly Rowlands, and co. by-and-large owe their success to Donna Summer.

We at That Grape Juice love to love ya Donna! Legends never have their last dance…they live on forever.

Donna Summer

1948-Forever

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  1. -Hoars May 18, 2012

    =(

  2. Pocahottas May 18, 2012

    Well wriiten! Great job guys!
    RIP Donna…We love you!

  3. cece May 18, 2012

    Aaliyah favors her alot

  4. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) May 18, 2012

    R.I.P. She definitely paved the way for many female artists. I think her music will always be heard in one way or another, especially via sampling.

  5. johnvidal(rip whitney-truegreat) May 18, 2012

    RIP Donna Summer. What a voice she had and many great songs, you can enjoy them now as if we were in the 70´s. Last Dance is epic

  6. BitchIcantevenspellwelfare May 18, 2012

    Thank you for this tribute Sam! It is very important that we continue to recognize the extraordinary gift that was Donna Summer’s life and music.

    We are talking about Rock and Roll Hall of Fame caliber of artist–nominated again for induction in 2012.

    This is a Legend and Icon. I will truly miss her.

  7. PrettigurlrockD May 18, 2012

    The 70’s and 60’s r my fave music eras. Donna summers is just a true queen! When ur music can span so many decades u r bound to be remembered. She was so gorgeous and talented!

  8. Huh May 18, 2012

    Has anyone noticed how much Kelly Rowland resembles her??

  9. Suicide Blonde May 18, 2012

    I feel loveeeeeeeeeeeeee

  10. 100% REAL May 19, 2012

    @Huh – I noticed that too! Kelly has even said herself that people have told her that she looks like Donna Summer. If they had to do a movie on Donna’s life, it would be cool if they can get Kelly to play her.

  11. MISHKA May 20, 2012

    R.I.P Donna.

    Thank you for the “Hot Stuff”.

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