We loved to love you, Donna

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Donna Summer was my gay generation’s very own diva.

As baby boomers came out en masse in the spinny ‘70s, disco emerged along with us, becoming our music, then (for a moment) America’s. And Summer, who died of cancer Thursday at 63, was its signature voice.

Her vocals blended breathy with earthy, humanizing producer Giorgio Moroder’s signature robotic/melodic beats. The pulse he helped perfect goes on (and on) in contemporary pop, but Summer’s season was brief: The hits pretty much stopped after many gay men were disappointed, if not betrayed, by some born-again homophobic remarks she later denied.

She still made records and toured periodically, but the party was over, along with the era.

For gay men of a certain age, however, Summer has never really gone away.

The "Queen of Disco" still reigns on our collective soundtrack; her songs will forever remind us of those hot nights we danced together 'til dawn, free at last.

Rest in peace, girlfriend.

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