Remembering Donna Summer: From First to Last Dance

Photo by: Chris Walter/WireImage
Before she practically invented disco, Donna was a fan of 1960's rock n' roll. She credited Janis Joplin as one her main inspirations-vocally and sartorially. Her ... more 
Photo by: Chris Walter/WireImage
Before she practically invented disco, Donna was a fan of 1960's rock n' roll. She credited Janis Joplin as one her main inspirations-vocally and sartorially. Her flower-child on steriods style kicked it up a notch when she joined the touring company of the hippie musical "Hair" in the late '60s. less 
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Thu, May 17, 2012 2:54 PM EDT
Disco was more than a passing fad, it was the era of the female rock star. Never before had so many solo women singers challenged music's all-boys club. It took an epic vocal range, thick skin and a passion for glamour and Donna Summer had it all. When the 63-year-old legendary disco queen lost her battle to cancer this week, the music industry lost a female force to be reckoned with, fashion lost an iconic risk-taker and the world lost a woman who could make anyone hit the dance floor. -Piper Weiss, Shine Staff