American disco queen Donna Summer, who died of cancer at age 63 on Thursday, worked closely with Icelandic musician Þórir Baldursson in Germany from 1973 to 1976. He remembers her with warmth, describing her as a wonderful person.
Donna Summer. Source: Wikipedia.
Þórir told ruv.is that her death had come as a shock to him and that he had been grief-stricken after learning about it.
“I remember Summer first where she was working in the studio just like myself. Except Donna sang and I played the piano. She outshone everyone else and I knew the time would come when someone would release a solo album with her,” Þórir recollected.
During their time in Germany, Þórir arranged some of Summer’s songs, including “I Remember Yesterday” which topped the British billboard list in 1977.
Þórir describes her as an amazingly talented singer. “She worked quickly, had a massive vocal range and good control of everything she did.”
Summer never let her popularity and fame get to her, Þórir said. “She was very warm and kind and it was very easy working with her. She never acted the part of a star. Not ever.”