Never one to mince words, Elton John paid tribute to the late Donna Summer and in the same statement, blasted The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for passing her over when she was nominated this year.
‘Her records sound as good today as they ever did,’ he said of Summer who died Thursday (17 May) at the age of 63. ‘That she has never been inducted into the Rock `n’ Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted.’
The singer did not name any of the ‘second-rate talent’ he believes should not have been inducted ahead of Summer who is the first artist to have three consecutive double-LPs reach number one on the Billboard charts and during a 13-month span, had four number one singles.
Her first big US hit was I Feel Love which reached number two in early 1976. The next year, her single I Feel Love reached number six. She finally hit number one with the 1978 single MacArthur Park.
What followed was a stunning string of top five hits including Heaven Knows, Last Dance, Dim All the Lights, Bad Girls, Hot Stuff, On the Radio and No More Tears (Enough is Enough), The Wanderer and She Works Hard for the Money.
Summer was a five-time Grammy Award winner whose unofficial ‘Queen of Disco’ title overshadowed the fact that her Grammys came in dance, rock, R&B and inspirational categories.
Elton added that Summer was more than just a legendary recording artist.
‘She is a great friend to me and to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.’ he said. ‘I will miss her greatly.’