Nightly News | May 17, 2012
>>> tonight. donna summer , who pioneers pop songs with electronic backing that are among the staples of music still today and was the voice and face of the ira of disco in this country. she fought a long battle with cancer and died today athe age of 63. we have a look back tonht from nbc's rehema ellis. bad girls
>> for generations of partygoers in the '70s and '80s, donna summer was the queen of disco. come on baby
>> when billboardagazine created its disco chart in 1975 , summer was consistently at the top. with songs everyone has come to know. she works hard for the money
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>> summer is a five-time grammy winner with a star on the hollywood walk of fame . she even won an academy award for "last dance." she's considered the first cross over artist in pop music history.
>> donna summer did more than anyone else to make disco cool, to make it out of the underground cluvs and on to the pop charts . it revolutionized pop music for a decade at least.
>> born on new year's eve, she discovered her voice single gospel music as a child.
>> i was in church and i started singer and all of a sudden, i opened my voice and this voice came catapting out of my body.
>> she made her way into musicals.
>> i paid my dues. all i'm asking for is a dance.
>> it was the sexy pop dan music sound that made her an international star.
>> think her music, the anthems she sang were anthems of equality and empowerment for everyone. last chance for love
>> of all her hits, donna summer said "last dance" was her favorite song, a song that will keep future generations of fans dancing. rahiehema ellis,