Summer can be credited for paving the way for many of today's Dance-Pop Divas into the Mainstream and her influence can be heard in the likes of Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Rihanna and Beyoncé - the latter who sampled Love to Love You Baby with 2003's Naughty Girl.
She is survived by Husband Bruce Sudano and her three Daughters: Amanda, Brookyln and Mimi.
I want to remember Summer for the happy memories her Music gives me. 1989's This Time I Know It's For Real is a personal fave of mine:
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