R.I.P. DONNA SUMMER
Yesterday the world lost Disco Legend Donna Summer who succumbed to cancer at the age of 63. Summer rose to fame with disco-era hits like Love to Love You Baby, Last Dance, and Hot Stuff. The singers family issued a statement saying “While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”
Summer, who had been living in Englewood, Fla., is survived by her husband, singer Bruce Sudano, three daughters and four grandchildren. Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines in Boston in 1948, Summer was raised in a large, devout Christian family. She began her singing career at her local church, where she would become a featured soloist.
“There was no question I would be a singer, I just always knew. I had credit in my neighbourhood, people would lend me money and tell me to pay it back when I got famous,” Summer told The Associated Press in 1989.
While living in Germany she met and married singer Helmuth Sommer and adopted an anglicized spelling of his surname as her stage name — keeping it even after the couple’s divorce. Even after the disco musical style fell out of fashion, Summer’s hits turned up in movies, TV programs and stage shows, remained a fixture on dance club playlists and were sampled by contemporary artists.
Summer had multiple albums reach gold or platinum status and 19 No. 1 hits over the years, including:
Love to Love You Baby.
I Feel Love.
She Works Hard for the Money.
This Time I Know It’s for Real.
Here’s hoping her music will forever stay “On the Radio..”
TERRANCE J AND ROCSI SET TO LEAVE BET’S 106 & PARK
Reports recently surfaced that Terrance J and Rocsi, from 106 And Park will be leaving the show they joined in 2005 as part of BET’s “New Faces” talent search. Prior to being discovered by BET, Rocsi was a radio personality in Chicago and Terrance graduated with a communications degree from North Carolina University, but fell on hard times saying “At the time I was pretty much homeless, I was sleeping over peoples’ houses, I stayed with my brother’s friend on a cot in his basement for around two months. I didn’t really have a place of my own for awhile….” Although they are leaving 106 And Park , Rocsi will continue her nationally syndicated radio show Rocsi On The Radio while moving to California to persue acting projects already in development. Terrence will also continue in his already growing acting career. He has already had successful roles in, Burlesque, Think Like A Man’, BET’s ‘The Game and Stomp The Yard 2.
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R.I.P. DONNA SUMMER