Donna Summer, who has died aged 63, after a battle with cancer, is best known for her disco-pop hits of the 1970s and 80s.

Here we celebrate the  multi-Grammy award-winning singer with an extended version of her 1989 number 3 in the UK charts hit, This Time I Know It’s For Real.

A family statement read, “Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith.

“While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy. Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”

Hits, some of which she wrote, included On The Radio, Loves Unkind, Hot Stuff and I Feel Love. Initially success came with producer Giorgio Moroder who with Summer are credited with defining the disco era. Later success came with Stock Aitken Waterman.

“Whenever you were with her she made you feel so special. She had all the talent but she gave you all the credit. She was not a diva in any shape or form. She was in the wilderness when we had the biggest record of our careers together.” Said Pete Waterman on ITV News of her 1980s resurgence.

She’ll also be remembered for her collaberation with music icon Barbra Streisand on the duet No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).

Donna Summer, born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, December 31, 1948 – died May 17, 2012

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