Donna Summer, dubbed the Queen of Disco in the 1970s, died Thursday after a battle with cancer at the age of 63.
Summer hit the charts in grand style with her powerful voice that led legions of club-goers onto the dance floor. She also created a sensation with her sensual lyrics and breathy purring in tunes, such as "Love to Love You Baby."
Disco music may have faded in and out over the years, but Summer's legacy endured through music trends' many changes. She successfully made the jump from disco to pop-rock and never faded from the public eye.
Among her hits were “Dim all the Lights,” “Bad Girls,” “She Works Hard for the Money” and “On the Radio,” which combined techno and house music and became instant hits.
Born LaDonna Andrea Gaines in suburban Boston on Dec. 31, 1948, Summer sang in a Boston rock band called Crow in the late 1960s, and eventually earned a role in the touring version of the Broadway show "Hair."
She died in Florida, where she had been living with her husband, Bruce Sudano.