The music world was struck with a great loss yet again yesterday when Donna Summer lost a battle to cancer at the age of 63. Summer’s friend, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love, was in the WCBSFM studio in New York with host Dan Taylor this morning and remembered the Queen of Disco in a very interesting light. Watch below.
“She was our first rock’n’roll, or as she was the Disco Queen, ‘sex kitten,'” says Love. Much of Summer’s music was suggestive, like her 1975 hit “Love to Love You Baby,” which was littered with her erotic moans and groans.
Summer’s public persona greatly differed from that of her upbringing in a strict, Catholic home. Love recalls a similar childhood, and how Summer was able to get away with such a sexual image.
“Her family was very religious, very strict. Matter of fact, I came out of that same religion,” says Love. “I’d say, ‘I don’t know how Donna does it. How in the world did you get out there and do that and your parents (didn’t) find out?’ She said, ‘They didn’t know it was me!'”
—E.J. Judge, WCBSFM New York