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. fernace

    As a singer/entertainer in the days of disco, my setlist always featured a couple of Donna Summer songs! It's sad that shes gone, but her legacy lives on in her daughter Brooklyn, in her amazing music discography & in our happy memories of days gone by!! Rest, Sweet Disco Diva, sing a song in heaven w/Whitney!!

    May 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Merrillee

    Awwww, I lovd her music! She had THE best voice! When I think of Disco, I don't think of the BeeGees, I think of Donna Summer. She was one in a million and her music will forever have a place on my turnatable and my heart. RIP pretty lady.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    She was part of my young adulthood...RIP, Miss Summer.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shneeky

    A part of my childhood died... sad ;>( She was there with me during a critical growing phase... fun music and good times! Hot, hot, hot, hot, stuuuuuuuuuuufff, hot hot hot!!! All music purchased on 45's of course! ha ha

    May 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 1twinsfan

    She had a great new song on her VH1 Live CD called Love is a Healer. A singer that sang rather than using gimmicks.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. clearmind

    RIP Miss Donna, thanks for the great music. Your music was the songtrack to a happy time in my life. What man didnt think about "stuff" when we heard I FEEL LOVE ~

    May 18, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. horseyak

    Listen to hSummers' "Enough is Enough" duet with Streisand and "enjoy" Streisand trying like hell to match this dynamo. RIP, Donna. You were brilliant.

    May 18, 2012 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. LilyI-S

    She was magic!!!....her disco songs were part of everyday life growing up in New Jersey. Try Me I know We Can Make It was magical to me....from the lyrics, how the song starts, it just defined my disco days. She sung effortlessly and wonderful memories will always be associated with her songs. Rest in Peace Ms. Summers... I think there is a party in heaven and today you are a star there! Thanks for all the beautiful music you left behind....to me you were the embodiment of DISCO and the first music DIVA!

    May 18, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jackson

    Not a fan of Ms Summers, but RIP.

    May 18, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. B spielberg

    Not a fan of Ms Summers, but RIP

    May 18, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Beansworth -- The Beans worth shopping around for!

    Why was my comment deleted?

    May 18, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Oldersista

    To this day, I always, always tip waitresses, hairdressers, manicurists more than the going rate because I know what it's like to be blue collar and I remember that Donna taught us, "She Works Hard for the Money."

    May 18, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • sabrina

      Good for you!

      May 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chris

    "Dim All The Lights", Donna Summer has had her "Last Dance" loosing her battle with cancer. She really wasn't a "Bad Girl" but she was "Hot Stuff". Her career spanned the last forty years with strings of hits and a high point of Disco era proving that “She Works Hard For The Money.” The announcement was made "On The Radio" and an unnamed fan quoted ' "I Feel Love" for her songs and I "Love To Love You Baby". "Heaven Knows" you should plan ahead to attend the memorial service at "MacArthur Park" as large crowds are expected. "Enough Is Enough, No More Tears" she would want to be remembered through the happiness her music brought to her fans.

    May 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Elaine

    My first date with my husband of 31 years was to a disco to dance the night away to all of Donna Summer's songs.
    I will always remember that night, how we both looked, how much the music meant then and means to us still.
    The night she died, we played one of her classic albums again, turned the volume up, dimmed the lights, and honored the memory of a truly great artist.

    May 19, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      🙂 Elaine, Thank you so very much for that beautiful post. Being married to the same man for 31 yrs... Wow! I'm sure Mrs. summers will have a measure of grat i tude, in having made the start of an enduring agape love between you and your lad, so special. 😉

      May 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sabrina

    My absolute favorite song of Donna Summer has to be "She Works Hard For The Money" from 1983. I can so identify with the lyrics because I was one of those divorced working mothers she was talking about. However, my 2d favorite song goes back to the 70s. I can remember when during my senior year (1978-79) at the dances "Last Dance" was literally the last dance of the evening, and you pretty much guarantee EVERYONE was gonna get up and dance...even the ones who kept saying they didn't like disco...that's how popular that song was! Her later works I like too, particularly the song "Stamp Your Feet" from the 2008 Crayons album and "To Paris With Love" from 2010. RIP Donna. You brought a lot of happiness to your many fans.

    May 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
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