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God had to create disco music so I could be born and be successful

The undisputed Queen of Disco, I Feel Love singer Donna Summer was also sometimes known as the First Lady of Love, with anthems including Love to Love You Baby and Hot Stuff inspiring a dash to the dance floor.

Born LaDonna Gaines in Boston, Massachusetts, Donna began her career on stage, touring Germany in the much-talked-about Sixties musical Hair, before moving on to multi-Grammy-award-winning success as a recording artist, whose hits defined a major musical era.

“I’m just an ordinary person that did some extraordinary things,” she later said.

Among Donna’s fans were Elton John, who said when she died: “Her records sound as good today as they ever did.”

He expressed regret that Donna had never been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, describing it as a “disgrace” that the singer had been overlooked.

Disco icon Donna avoided publicity in her private life, explaining: “When I’m not working, I try to stay out of the public eye as much as possible...I want a private life, I truly do. I'm not just pretending to want one like lots of celebrities.”

Expressing contentment for what she had achieved, she credited the influence of her grandchildren for stepping back into the recording studio in 2000 to record The Power of One, the theme song of Pokémon: The Movie.