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May 20, 2012

2 Disco Giants Lives Cut Short By Cancer

Last Thursday Donna Summer, 63, the disco diva, lost her battle with cancer. Today it was a Bee Gee, as Robin Gibb, 62, lost his battle with cancer.


These two music giants helped define a musical era. Donna Summer sold over 130 million albums, and won 5 grammy awards.

T. Rees Shapiro wrote in the Washington Post that:

Ms. Summer’s 1979 album “Bad Girls” hit No. 1 on the Billboard top 200, powered by hits including “Hot Stuff” and the catchy, horn-infused “Bad Girls.”

Ms. Summer said her 1983 hit “She Works Hard For the Money” was inspired by a trip to the restroom. She was at a Grammy Awards party when she spotted the women’s restroom attendant asleep from exhaustion.

“And my first thought was, ‘God, she works hard for her money, that lady,’ ” Ms. Summer told ABC news in 2008. She quickly returned to the restroom and began composing the song on toilet paper.

Ms. Summer’s lasting popularity was buoyed by legions of black, Latin and gay fans. Her electrifying performances were known to draw sellout crowds.

Robin Gibb was one third of the musical brothers who comprised the Bee Gees.

The Bee Gees won 6 Grammy’s and sold millions of albums. According to Claire Noland writing in the Los Angeles Times:

The Bee Gees energized the disco craze of the 1970s with such falsetto-laced hits as "Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever" and "How Deep Is Your Love?" from "Saturday Night Fever" and, from the successful follow-up album, "Too Much Heaven,""Tragedy" and "Love You Inside Out."

Their four-decade pop career was a roller-coaster ride of soaring success, plunging popularity, reinvention and difficult times.

The Bee Gees had nine No. 1 U.S. singles in the 1970s, won six Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Donna Summer and Robin Gibb’s music, and their influence on music, will live forever.

RIP Donna Summer

RIP Robin Gibb

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