It’s a voice that wormed its way into your ear sometime—whether  in 1975, when she first broke through with that looong erotic line, “Love to love you baby” . . .

 

. . . in 1983, when the sex object demanded empowerment . . .

. . .  or more recently, when she showed off her own natural power with her comeback, her 2008 release Crayons . . .

. . . whenever, LaDonna Adrian Gaines helped form the music we lived with, the stuff we maybe secretly sing in the shower. Her death today from cancer, midway through recording her next album, leaves a Summer-sized hole in the universe. As all the remembrances pour through over the next few days, we wish her family courage, and hope that they know that, nonetheless, Summers’ beat goes on.