May 17, 2012
Much like my earlier post on Whitney Houston’s untimely passing, writing about Summer’s death isn’t completely foreign to our topic of country music.
Whereas Dolly Parton wrote a #1 pop hit by Whitney Houston, Donna Summer wrote a #1 country hit for Dolly Parton.
“Starting Over Again” is anything but a disco number. It’s a tender tale of a middle-aged couple divorcing after their children are grown:
Reba McEntire also covered the song in 1995, taking it back to the top twenty:
Summer co-wrote many of her classic hits, including “Love to Love You Baby”, “Dim All the Lights”, “I Feel Love”, “Bad Girls”, and “She Works Hard for the Money.” But my favorite of her compositions is “On the Radio”, which I actually heard first by Emmylou Harris as a straight-up heartbreaking ballad:
Needless to say, I was taken aback by the disco beat when I finally heard Summer’s original version.
I haven’t been writing much lately, but I couldn’t let the passing of this timeless talent go by without comment. Like Houston before her, she was a great singer who went too soon, and country music’s legacy was just a little bit richer for her passing through.