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Public Enemy on stage in 1988. The group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame Thursday.
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April 18, 2013 As the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts a new class, musicians and writers look at how influence — one of the Hall's criteria for induction — plays out in ways obvious (how Beyonce draws on Donna Summer) and not so much (jazz pianist Vijay Iyer explains how Public Enemy shaped his music).
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"Queen of Disco" Donna Summer performs in 1979. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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May 17, 2012 Summer, who died on Thursday at 63, created dozens of hits, including "Love To Love You Baby" and "Bad Girls." Over five decades, she combined a light touch, pop theatricality, innovative sounds and an attention to detail that made her into one of pop's best performers.
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May 17, 2012 Summer was the Queen of Disco, but "She Works Hard for the Money" is a working-class pop anthem.
May 17, 2012 Donna Summer, who sang some of the most memorable anthems of the disco era from "Love to Love You Baby" to "Bad Girls," has died after a long battle with cancer. She had a top 40 hit every year from 1976 to 1984, including the song she once told NPR she'd perform till the very end, "Last Dance."
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Disco singer Donna Summer singing on stage around 1975.
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May 17, 2012 In years following Vietnam, people wanted to dance and Donna Summer provided a soundtrack.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Chaka Khan onstage in London in 1985.
September 28, 2011 Hear our favorite song by each of the 15 performers up for induction in 2012.
Donn Summer on the cover for the 1997 album Once Upon a Time.
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November 4, 2003 Summer grew up singing gospel in church choirs in Boston and, in her teens, joined the German cast of Hair. While abroad she recorded Love to Love You Baby, which became a huge hit. She returned to the United States a disco star. Her other hits include Bad Girls and Hot Stuff. She's written a new memoir about life in the disco spotlight called Ordinary Girl.
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October 21, 2003 In 1975, legendary singer-songwriter Donna Summer moaned her way to the top of the charts with her breakthrough hit "Love to Love You, Baby." She would soon be crowned the unofficial "Queen of Disco." A generation later, she's back in the spotlight with a greatest-hits collection and autobiography. Hear clips from some of her best songs.
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