18 May 2012
Last updated at 09:31
US singer Donna Summer, who has died at the age of 63, was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines. She grew up in Boston where she started singing in a gospel choir. She went on to become one of disco's biggest stars and won five Grammy Awards.
Summer began her career on the stage, in musical theatre. She released her debut solo single in 1971. Her first big hit was Love To Love You Baby in 1975, though it was banned by some radio stations for its suggestive content.
Summer had 29 UK Top 40 singles during her career. The most successful was I Feel Love, which reached number one in July 1977.
Summer, a committed Christian, was subjected to a boycott by the music industry after being accused of making homophobic remarks at the beginning of the Aids epidemic. She always denied making the comments.
Summer sang some of disco's best-known singles, such as I Feel Love and Last Dance. Her songs have continued to influence dance music through the decades. DJ Fatboy Slim credits hearing I Feel Love as the moment he fell in love with dance music.
Summer was still performing until fairly recently and sang with Seal in Las Vegas in 2010. Producer Pete Waterman had hoped she would come to the UK for the Stock, Aitken and Waterman celebration concert in Hyde Park in July.
Summer's family issued a statement shortly after her death, saying they were "at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy".