Career highlights of Donna Summer

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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 1979 file photo, singer Donna Summer poses with three awards she won at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. Summer, the Queen of Disco who ruled the dance floors with anthems like ìLast Dance,î ìLove to Love You Babyî and ìBad Girl,î has died. Her family announced her death in a statement Thursday, May 17, 2012.  She was 63. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 1979 file photo, singer Donna Summer poses with three awards she won at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. Summer, the Queen of Disco who ruled the dance floors with anthems like ìLast Dance,î ìLove to Love You Babyî and ìBad Girl,î has died. Her family announced her death in a statement Thursday, May 17, 2012. She was 63. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Highlights in the career of singer Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, who died Thursday at age 63:

— 1975: Donna Summer releases her breakthrough song, "Love to Love You Baby." A sexy track punctuated with breathy sighs, it launched Summer's career and was the first of her 19 No. 1 dance hits.

— 1979: Summer becomes the first woman to score four No. 1 singles in a single year: "MacArthur Park," ''Hot Stuff," ''Bad Girls" and "No More Tears" (with Barbra Streisand). Two of those — "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls" — were simultaneously in the Hot 100 Singles top 3, another first for a female singer. Summer also wins a Grammy award for female rock vocal for "Hot Stuff."

— 1983: Summer returns to the top of the music charts with "She Works Hard for the Money." A track off of that album, "He's a Rebel," won a Grammy for best inspirational performance the following year.

— 1997: Summer wins her fifth Grammy for "Carry On," a dance track that reunited her with producer Giorgio Moroder, her partner on her breakthrough hit.

— 2008: "Crayons," Summer's first full studio album in 17 years, is released. The singer also performed on "American Idol" with its top female contestants.

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