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Those We Lost in 2012

Whitney Houston, Joe Paterno, Dick Clark, Ravi Shankar

(Newser) - Neil Armstrong would always be taking that first step onto the moon, and Dick Clark was forever "the world's oldest teenager." A look at some of the notables who died in 2012:
  • Etta James, 73. Blues singer best known for her enduring classic "At Last."
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Among 25 Newly Honored US Sounds: 'Purple Rain'

Only-known audio of ex-slaves also joins National Recording Registry

(Newser) - America's archived history just got a little noisier: 25 sounds that shaped the American cultural landscape are being inducted into the National Recording Registry. The additions are being announced today by the Library of Congress. Among them:
  • A handful of pop/rock songs: Donna Summer's 1977 hit "I
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What You Didn't Know About Donna Summer

To her entourage, she was always 'The Queen'

(Newser) - The passing of Donna Summer has inspired a range of thoughtful retrospectives ; now ABC News points out a few little-known facts about the Queen of Disco.
  • She stopped singing the orgasmic "Love to Love You Baby" in 1979 as she re-devoted herself to Christianity. "If I were to
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Donna Summer Was 'Queen of Pop'

Don't just limit her to disco, say critics

(Newser) - Following today's news of Donna Summer's death, critics and fans are lining up to pay their respects to the Queen of Disco. A few highlights from around the Web:
  • Queen of Disco? "A more appropriate title would have been Queen of Pop," writes Melinda Newman at
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Donna Summer Dead at 63

Disco queen dies after cancer struggle: TMZ

(Newser) - Disco queen Donna Summer died this morning at age 63, TMZ reports. Sources say the singer of such classics as “Last Dance” and “Hot Stuff” died in Florida after battling lung cancer, which she reportedly thought she contracted via toxic particles in New York City after the World... More »

Cain's Inspiring Quote Is From ... Pokémon Movie?

Or more precisely, from Donna Summer's closing song

(Newser) - Herman Cain signed off last night's debate with this quote: "A poet once said, 'Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it's never easy when there's so much on the line.'" The inspirational poet? Daily Intel is on the case:... More »

Wendy's Yanks 'So Horny' CDs From Kids Meals

Disco disc used adult version of Donna Summer's 'Last Dance'

(Newser) - Red-faced Wendy's is yanking a disco CD from its kids' meals after parents complained that their wee ones were rocking out to lyrics that included a reference to "so horny," reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Apparently the company that made the CDs for Wendy's accidentally grabbed the, er, adult... More »

50 Sexiest Songs Ever

Billboard puts Olivia Newton-John at No. 1

(Newser) - Billboard has come up with the 50 most popular songs related to sex, at least since the magazine began charting the Hot 100 in 1958. Here's the top 10:
  1. Physical (1981), Olivia Newton-John
  2. Tonight's the Night (1976), Rod Stewart
  3. I'll Make Love to You (1994), Boyz II Men
  4. Too Close
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