Overheard on CNN.com: Dim all the lights; this 'last dance' goes out to Donna Summer
Donna Summer broke out of the disco mold with her 1979 album "Bad Girls." The "Queen of Disco" died Thursday at age 63.
May 17th, 2012
05:31 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Dim all the lights; this 'last dance' goes out to Donna Summer

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Donna Summer, the "Queen of Disco," has died at 63. Her publicist said Thursday that she had cancer and died surrounded by her family. Readers wrote in to share their condolences. Some of the best responses are posted here, alongside the names of some of Summer's best-known songs, in no particular order.

Disco queen Donna Summer dies at 63

"Hot Stuff"

Arkady: "You can talk about her brilliant voice. You can talk about her sultry, sex-kitten ways. You can talk about her rags to riches success and her being the inadvertant queen of disco. But she was an innovator like very few. When she got her feet wet in Germany in the '70s, she brought back to the U.S. the sound that began with Krafwerk. Donna Summer performed techno over 25 years before Americans even knew what that word was. She also added a 'bad girl' image to her day that left an indelible mark on pop culture. 'Icon' of the '70s would be an insult. She was one of the most important soul voices in history and one of the greatest artists of her time."

"Bad Girls"

Jonnjon: "What a great entertainer. Her 'Bad Girls' tour at Pine Knob was the first concert I ever attended. great fun, great memories. when I'm on a road trip by myself I still pop in that disc and enjoy the music to help keep me awake while driving. thanks for keeping me company for so many years Donna. you'll be missed.

"Love to Love You, Baby"

RANDY4410: "It was very shocking to hear that Donna Summers had died. I didn't even know that she was sick. She was no doubt the Queen of Disco, because I came up during the disco era when she came out with 'Love To Love You Baby,' I was going on 21 and the following year when i was 21 my disco life had began in 1977 which was the best year of my life as a young man. And I danced to just about all of her music at the disco clubs back then in NYC. I used to play her songs with my girlfriend back then. Her music was universal. Everybody could relate to it. Now that I am a born-again Christian, I don't listen to R&B music anymore, but she will be missed. God bless you Donna, Rest in Peace."

Expressor: "I am truly devastated. Donna was a brilliant vocalist – an absolutely amazing range. I've been a huge fan of hers since 'Love To Love You Baby.' 'I Feel Love' was seminal electro-dance; the work she did with Giorgio Moroder was UNBELIEVABLE. Her double LP concept album 'Once Upon A Time' is a work of art. I loved her. This is an enormous loss. 'Carry On' sweet lady ..."

"The Woman in Me"

jason83: "One of my favorite songs that Donna Summer did was off of her 1982 album of the same name. The name of the song is "The Woman In Me". That song as well as 1983's "She Works Hard For The Money" did a fantastic job of showing the world just how much of a powerful and haunting voice she had. Check out the video on YouTube for "The Woman In Me". That song in particular proved to me and so many other people just how much of a powerful voice she had even past the disco years. RIP Mrs. Summer. You will be missed."

"I Feel Love"

La Donna Church: "This is a sad day for me. I grew up with La Donna Adrian Gaines better know as Donna Summer. We have two names in common, past and present. I was told growing up that I looked alittle like her. She will be greatly missed. You know what they say. "Death comes in three's" Whittney, Donna and the Kennedy woman (sorry don't know her name). I hope they all knew the Lord with their salvation in tack. So you see we went to bed last night and woke up to death. If you don't know the Lord in the forgiveness and pardans of your sins. Please except the Lord as Savior and spend a few years on earth and an eternity with the Lord. Will you come today. If so, I would love the opportunity to walk you through this very easy process. Love and Blessings to you all."

"On the Radio"

Darkguardian1314: "I had the biggest crush on her while growing up. 'Hot Stuff,' 'Bad Girls,' 'Enough Is Enough,' 'On The Radio' and the futuristic 'I Feel Love' were unforgettable. I just shocked that she had died. It's almost too much to lose Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Teena Marie, Don Cornelius, Dick Clark ... It's frightening. Thank you, Donna Summer. Those years in the late '70s listening to your music on the radio in summer were the best. You earned a good rest. We will miss you!"
EdDebevic: "Donna Summer was arguably one of the best pop vocalists of our time. Because of the disco stigma, though, she always gets shafted on "Top 10" and "Best 100" lists. Had she been a Motown gal instead of the Queen of Disco, she'd have the same kind of respect that Aretha Franklin commands."

"MacArthur Park"

OrygunDuck: "Her version of Mac Arthur Park would alway give me the chills. Loved her voice. Had a power no one else can match."

FiveLiters: "Was sad to see this as a headline today. Was in LA years ago and stayed acorss the street from MacArthur Park,and that's exactly what it reminded me of-all of her great music."

Chuck DeVries: "Someone left the cake out in the rain ... I don't think that I can take it ... cause it took so long to bake it and I'll never have that recipe again! I'm on my fifth playing of MacArthur park now."

Fillo: "Not sure what the hell it meant, but boy I love that song."

"Dim All the Lights"

CHERRYPIEGUY: "You're the only girl that made me wear a silk puffy sleeved shirt and wiggle freely on the dance floor. Thanks for the great memories darlin' ... bless your memory."
SCY385: "When I was a little girl Donna Summer was my idea of what a beautiful, classy, talented woman was. I wanted to be just like her. I am so so sorry that the World has lost this true talent. My heart goes out to her family. She WILL be missed and may never be replaced. RIP Donna."

"This Time it's for Real"

cnnlicksit: "Many of us writing here will suffer the same fate. Cancer is a curse that has no end in sight. The healthcare system is making billions of dollars off it. How high must the body count go before we can allow research beyond chemotherapy and slicing out portions of our bodies. There has to be more elegant treatments."

dynomax: "Scientists will never find a cure for cancer, not because they can't find a cure but because they don't want to. The healthcare community makes more money treating the disease."

"No More Tears"

Michael Collins: "Wow....this really is out of the blue...and just after Chuck Brown too. The music world is really not having a great week. RIP Donna."

Cutedog2: "I loved roller skating to her music. I feel like a piece of my junior high years died with her."

"Last Dance"

Aardie: "My favorite was 'Last Dance' from the movie 'Thank God it's Friday."

biasboy1: "When you heard that song you knew the party was over."

theserfacts: "Thank you Donna for great memories in my childhood. Every dance I went to in school ended with the song Last Dance. It takes me back so many years, every time I hear it. You were a true talent! RIP!"

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  1. Danny

    I love this woman and I'm devastated by her passing. It was way too soon.

    May 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Tiara X Nestor

    I cannot believe that Donna Summer's has passed away she will be so missed a real great natural talent

    May 24, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tracy

    The most underrated talent and voice of all time. This woman belongs in the Rock & Roll hall of fame.

    May 25, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Melissa Mills

    In 1996 I went to a Donna Summr "comeback" concert at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in Orange County, CA. It was one of the best rock concerts I have ever been to. What a singer and what a great band she had! Donna, thanks for a terrific evening and for all your wonderful music.

    June 13, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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