Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Donna Summer, who had a home in Sarasota, inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Disco diva Donna Summer, who had a home in Sarasota County and died in Naples in May, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Rush, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Heart and Albert King.
The official Rock Hall ceremony is April 18 and will take place for the first time in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre. It will be turned into an HBO special scheduled to run May 18.
Elton John, whose campaign to get Leon Russell inducted was successful two years ago, also spoke out in favor of Summer's induction, calling her omission "a total disgrace" after she died in May, the Los Angeles Times reported. The hall's nominating committee chairman, Jon Landau, also described Summer's absence from the hall "an error" on the part of voters.
—File photo of Donna Summer performing at the opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's summer season at the Hollywood Bowl by Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.