Remembering Donna Summer (1948 – 2012)

The original “Queen of Disco,” Donna Summer — winner of five Grammy Awards — died yesterday at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer. Summer appeared on stage in a European production of Hair when she was only 18. Later, she would put the stamp of that phenomenal voice on a long list of iconic disco classics. GREAT PERFORMANCES was privileged to showcase her talents on Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends which aired in March of last year.

In January 2011, Summer thrilled the TV reviewers of the Television Critics Association at their gathering in Los Angeles, bringing even the most staid of them to their feet as she belted out her signature song “Last Dance” with a voice undiminished by time to promote the Hitman Returns special.

GREAT PERFORMANCES offers its condolences to her husband, musician and producer Bruce Sudano, her children and the rest of her family.

From Hitman Returns, here’s a clip of Donna and Seal singing “Crazy” in honor of her memory and her amazing voice.