Last Dance

by Mark Steyn

Donna Summer, 9/11 victim?

Donna died from lung cancer.  Several sources are telling us Donna believed she contracted it by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 attack in New York City.

NR cruiser Ed Driscoll says it “sounds like her survivors are preparing some sort of lawsuit.”

Be that as it may, back when I did my disco version of “Marshmallow World”, I spent a week listening to the old Seventies stuff just to refresh my memory of the horn sound, the strings, the hi-hat semi-quavers, the bongo breaks and all the rest. I went through all the big hits – Gloria Gaynor, the Village People – but in the end figured for the slow intro we’d borrow Donna’s “Last Dance” and do it sideways (when he heard my record, Rush’s sidekick Mr Snerdley spotted the hommage in the first two bars). And for the big finish we wound up doing the same with her and Barbra Streisand’s pneumatic finale for “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)”. Because when it comes to Seventies disco Donna Summer’s about as good as it gets. RIP.

Meanwhile, in other disco-era news: In the navy…

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