It turns out even US President Barack Obama was a Donna Summer fan. So was Aretha Franklin.
Noting her passing today, President Obama released the following statement, “Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Donna’s family and her dedicated fans.”
The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin also spoke about the death of the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer. “So shocking to hear about the passing of Donna Summer,” Aretha said in a statement. “In the ’70s, she reigned over the disco era and kept the disco jumping. Who will forget, ‘Last Dance?’ [She was] a fine performer and a very nice person.”
Barbra Streisand, who recorded the duet ‘No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)’ with Donna said today, “She was so vital the last time I saw her a few months ago. I loved doing the duet with her. She had an amazing voice and was so talented. It’s so sad.”
The Queen of Country, Dolly Parton stated, “I loved her records. She was the disco queen, and will remain so. I knew her and found her to be one of the most likable and fun people ever. She will be missed and remembered.”
Donna Summer died from lung cancer on Thursday, May 17 at the age of 63. She is survived by her husband Bruce, two daughters and four grandchildren.