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She gained prominence during the disco era of the late s and became known as the "Queen of Disco" , while her music gained a global following. While influenced by the counterculture of the s , Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. Joining a touring version of the musical Hair , she left New York and spent several years living, acting and singing in Europe, where she met music producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte in Munich, where they recorded influential disco hits such as " Love to Love You Baby " and " I Feel Love ", marking her breakthrough into an international career. Summer earned a total of 42 hit singles on the US Billboard Hot in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top-ten. She claimed a top 40 hit every year between and , and from her first top-ten hit in , to the end of , she had 12 top-ten hits 10 were top-five hits , more than any other act during that time period. She was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart and charted four number-one singles in the US within a month period. While her fortunes on the Hot waned through those decades, Summer remained a force on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart over her entire career. Summer died on May 17, , from lung cancer , at her home in Naples, Florida. She won five Grammy Awards. In her obituary in The Times , she was described as the "undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom" who reached the status of "one of the world's leading female singers.