Donna Summer – the Disco Momma

18 May

Growing up, I often felt like the Cinderella of the house, cleaning away wondering why nobody else was suffering the way I was: broom and all. But there were those times I didn’t mind scrubbing the floor or sweeping the back yard because I had great people to keep me company. And one of them was the astonishing Donna Summer. At 10 years-old, I found her CD in my step-dad’s collection and decided to give disco a try. So there I was, wearing bright green shorts, my chanclas (sandals) and whatever old shirt I could find dancing and singing along to “Bad Girls” while cleaning the house:

“Hey, mista, have you got a dime? Beep, Beep…Aha!”


I was so sad yesterday after hearing the news of her death. I had memorized all of her songs (can you imagine a 10-year-old singing “Love to Love You, Baby“?) and even created dance routines for my favorites songs. Well that was when I was 10 and after cleaning the bathroom for a while, I would stop and bust out some moves while singing alongside my Disco Queen.

the CD that introduced me to Disco

Donna Summer was the first artist to have scored three No. 1 double albums. She also had 3 Multi-Platinum albums in the U.S. and was the first female African American to receive an MTV Video Music Awards nomination. Donna Summer received 5 Grammys and according to Billboard Magazine, she was the eighth most successful female recording artist in history!

donna summer grammy

RIP Disco Queen

One Response to “Donna Summer – the Disco Momma”

  1. Estefy May 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    I grew up listening to Donna Summer, so sad she passed. And aww Cinderella… no wonder you’re still the momma hen now. ❤

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