There’s no one quite like the incomparable Queen Of Disco. Nor will there ever be another Donna Summer. For generations of ground-breaking artists who have restructured, re-constructed and revitalized their career with dance music as their blueprint – from Madonna to Janet Jackson, from Lady Gaga to Katy Perry, from Kylie Minogue to Beyoncé – all have a little Donna Summer in them. That’s because back in the day, when Disco was ruled by the men, Donna Summer arrived as the reigning queen of the genre, and blazed a trail that would be followed for decades.
It was the end of an era on the 17th of May, 2012. Donna’s voice was silenced forever as the 5 time Grammy winning icon finally lost her battle with lung cancer. As I had already mentioned earlier in my little tribute to Donna, it’s indeed an incredibly sad year for music.
It’s only fair that today’s Throwback Tuesday be dedicated to the genre-bending game-changing remarkable phenomenon of a woman, a cultural icon who’s incomparable legacy will live on through her music.
My favorite Donna Summer song is the iconic ‘I Feel Love‘, from Donna’s 1977 album ‘I Remember Yesterday‘. Considered by many including Rolling Stone as one of the greatest songs of all time, ‘I Feel Love‘ sounded way ahead of its time back in the 70’s, and still sounds as fresh and addictive as ever. A collaboration between producer Georgio Moroder and Donna, ‘I Feel Love‘ can definitely be credited for planting the seeds of electro-pop back in the 70’s, and the song rightfully fit in the ‘future’ segment of the concept parent album ‘I Remember Yesterday‘. The song went straight to # 1 on the UK Top 40 Singles Chart, and peaked at # 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s also one of the most sampled and covered songs of all time – by everybody from Madonna, David Guetta, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, TLC, Darren Hayes, Robbie Williams among others. Listen to the anthem right here :