LI Music Hall of Fame gala on tap

BY BILL SAN ANTONIO
Record executive Clive Davis, the Billy Joel Band and rapper Darryl “DMC” McDaniels will lead this year’s induction class into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame during its fifth-annual gala on Oct. 23 at the Paramount in Huntington.
The class also includes singer Debbie Gibson, promoter Ros Delsener, actress and singer Patti LuPone, lyracist Gerry Goffin, producer Steve Thompson and rapper and producer Kurtis Blow.
“On behalf of the entire Long Island Music Hall of Fame board, we are very excited to honor our fifth round of inductees,” said Jeff James, chairman of the hall of fame’s board. “We are humbled to have such support from these industry giants who have contributed so much to the music history of Long Island. We look forward to seeing them and all of our friends on Oct. 23 at the Paramount.”

“On behalf of the entire Long Island Music Hall of Fame board, we are very excited to honor our fifth round of inductees,” said Jeff James, chairman of the hall of fame’s board. “We are humbled to have such support from these industry giants who have contributed so much to the music history of Long Island. We look forward to seeing them and all of our friends on Oct. 23 at the Paramount.”
For consideration to the hall of fame, inductees must have either been born, raised or founded their acts on geographic Long Island – comprised of Nassau and Suffolk counties, Queens and Brooklyn – for an extensive portion of their careers, while also contributing to Long Island’s musical heritage.
Previous inductees include Joel, Lou Reed, Carole King, Louis Armstrong, Eddie Money, Mariah Carey, the Ramones, Barbara Streisand, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Simon & Garfunkel and Tony Bennett, among others.
“We always wanted The Paramount to be a home for Long Island music – from these Hall of Fame legends to the up-and-comers we book as opening acts, the history of music on the Island is strong,” said Stephen Ubertini, director at the Paramount.
A performance honoring Goffin, who died in June, has been planned. Goffin wrote more than 50 U.S. Top 40 hits, including eight that reached No. 1. He and wife King were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
The Long Island Music Hall of Fame will also award its Music Educator of the Year and name the recipients of its student music and non-profit scholarships.
It will also present a special award to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Joel’s trip to the former Soviet Union for six shows in Moscow and Leningrad. A two CD-DVD set entitled “A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia” reliving the shows was released in May.
“The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is a great organization that we are proud to partner with for this wonderful event and look forward to hosting these induction ceremonies for many years to come,” said Brian Doyle, director of The Paramount Director Brian Doyle.
Tickets for the induction range from $75 to $150 and can are available through The Paramount’s box office at 631-673-7300 or online at http://www.paramountny.com.

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