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Donna Summer was a singer-songwriter who became the "Queen of Disco" in the 1970s with such hits as "Love to Love You Baby," "I Feel Love" and "Last Dance."
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Donna Summer, the Disco Queen, is lauded for both her singing and songwriting by DIck Clark, Giorgio Moroder and others.
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Not long before her death, Summer said that her foremost life aspiration was not related her singing. "What I aspire to in my life, truly, is to be loving," she said. "And I don't always achieve that, but that's my aspiration."
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