Summer enters rock Hall of Fame

Donna Summer, the late “queen” of disco music and a former Mission Hill resident, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, it was announced this week.

Summer, born LaDonna Gaines, lived at 16 Parker Hill Ave. in the 1960s until she moved to New York City shortly before graduating high school. In the 1970s and ’80s, she became known as the “Queen of Disco” for such songs as “Love to Love You Baby.”

Gaines died in May of this year at age 63. The porch of her former Mission Hill house became a temporary shrine to her memory.

Summer will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at an April ceremony in Los Angeles. She will then become part of the permanent roster on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

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