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R.I.P. Donna Summer

May 17th, 2012

The Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, has passed away from cancer at the age of 63. She may seem like an unlikely choice for an obituary on The Wedge site, but Donna blazed a trail that played a significant role in the careers of many singers that followed. Many singers that we’ve played on The Wedge over the years.

Her work in the mid-to-late ’70s with pioneering producer Giorgio Moroder provided us with some of the most innovative electronic music during an era where very few musicians took the synthesizer seriously. Their groundbreaking “Love To Love You Baby” was extended into a 17-minute long single that pushed the envelope both with its sexual innuendo and expansive length. Another hit, “I Feel Love,” proved to be even more powerful, quickly becoming a gay club anthem and topping charts worldwide and influencing everyone from David Bowie to LCD Soundsystem to any producer over the last five years to call their music “cosmic disco.”

Needless to say, without Donna Summer there would be no Madonna, Robyn, Goldfrapp, Little Boots, Scissor Sisters, Florence + The Machine, Lindstrøm and so on.

Queen of Disco, you will be missed.

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