Death of a legendary 70s star

The disco star in 2004 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Summer was born Donna Gaines in Boston, US and learned to sing in church before fronting a series of bands and appearing in musicals.

Working as a session singer brought her into contact with producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte and together they made her one of the biggest acts of the 1970s.

The extended 16-minute version of Love To Love You Baby was a huge hit in the clubs, but was banned from several radio stations because of her suggestive vocal style.

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Donna Summer dies of cancer

Donna Summer has died. She was 63. The singer's publicist says she died of cancer. She was known for her 70s hits including I Feel Love, Love to Love You Baby, Hot Stuff and Bad Girls.