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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphiaâs music community is remembering a woman who they describe as a queen. They say Donna Summer had you dancing from the first note to her soaring vocals to the last dance.
Donna Summer 1979 â if Disco was your music, then Donna was your queen. For Patty Jackson of WDAS, she was more than that.
âWhen I heard the news, I just burst out crying. Growing up, Donna Summer was just the essence of my life,â Jackson said. âA lot of people dismissed the Disco era, but it was an era of great music and she led the charge.â
Legendary disc jockey Jerry Blavat says he had no idea Summer was battling lung cancer.READ MORE: Delaware To Require COVID-19 Vaccine Or Weekly Testing For K-12 Educators, Contractors And Volunteers
âI had spoken to her about the possibility of her coming in in January with the release of the new album and doing a show with me at the Kimmel Center â a Disco show. I mean, itâs really sad,â said Blavat.
The five-time Grammy winner rose to fame in the seventies with hits like âHot Stuffâ and âBad Girlsâ and of course the anthem of virtually every dance party, âLast Dance.â
WOGLs Bob Pantano was one of the nationâs first DJs to take her music out of the night clubs and bring her to the radio.
âWhen she was ready to go on stage, she was ready. And she gave you a show,â said Bob Pantano.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite Will Not Seek Contract Renewal After School Year
Donna Summerâs family released a statement saying in part they âare at peace and celebrating her extraordinary life and he continued legacy.