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    Donna Summer voted into rock hall of fame

    The late Donna Summer performing in 2009.
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    The late Donna Summer performing in 2009.

    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.’’

    Chefs get on board

    Some well-known male chefs are getting behind a New Jersey girl’s call for Hasbro to make a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven. Chefs including Manuel Trevino of TV’s ‘‘Top Chef’’ and Michael Lomonaco of Porterhouse New York are featured in a YouTube video applauding McKenna Pope’s online petition, which had reached about 40,000 signatures as of Tuesday on

    Charges in prank call?

    The Australian radio station behind a hoax phone call to the London hospital where the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge was being treated could face criminal charges for airing the conversation, legal experts said Tuesday. The prank was widely condemned days after it aired, after the still-unexplained death of a nurse who answered the phone and helped two DJs get confidential information about the former Kate Middleton’s health. But when it comes to a potential criminal case, the question is not about the death; it’s whether a private conversation was broadcast without the permission of the participants.

    Time Out!


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