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The Music and Legacy of Donna Summer

Over her four-decade career, Donna Summer, who died of cancer this morning at age 63, amassed five Grammys, three consecutive double albums at No. 1, four chart-topping hits in just over a year, and uttered 22 simulated orgasms in a single song. But the numbers were only an aside to the music itself, a boundary-pushing, disco-defining collection that spans seventeen studio albums. Here, a spin through the oh-so-danceable signposts of Summer's legacy.

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