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Donna Summer voted into rock hall of fame

Disco queen Donna Summer, who died at age 63 in May as one of the most celebrated Boston-raised pop stars, will be among the class of Rock and Roll of Fame inductees at the next hall ceremony on April 18. Summer, along with Canadian rockers Rush, singer-songwriter-pianist Randy Newman, the rap group Public Enemy, and blues guitarist Albert King, will constitute the newest class of inductees. Others going in as nonperforming inductees will be label executive and music impresario Lou Adler and producer-arranger-composer Quincy Jones. Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, announced the awards Tuesday at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. That’s where the induction ceremony will be held, the first time in 20 years LA will host the festivities. The awards will air on HBO on May 18. For Summer, it was the sixth time her name had appeared on the ballot. But this year was the first time fans were allowed to participate in the selection. Growing up, she attended Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester and sang in a gospel choir at a local church. After moving to New York, her hits such as “Love to Love You Baby,’’ “Last Dance,’’ and “Bad Girls,’’ became iconic tunes of the disco era. “I consider Boston my main home,’’ she told the Globe in her last lengthy interview with the paper in 2008. “I think about Boston constantly. It’s a part of me.’’

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