The dreary gray weather couldn’t damper the high spirits in Huntington as music lovers came out to welcome the fifth class of inductees into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
“I’m just overwhelmed. I cried three times today already,” Debbie Gibson, said as she made her way down the red carpet at The Paramount on Thursday evening.
The singer-songwriter was among the diverse group of inductees, which included record producer and music industry executive Clive Davis, concert promoter Ron Delsener, actress and singer Patti LuPone, the Billy Joel Band, lyricist Gerry Goffin, record producer and remixer Steve Thompson, and rapper and record producer Kurtis Blow.
The evening was one big party filled with musical performances that included a musical tribute to Gerry Goffin and performances by rising stars in the industry, highlighting the importance of music.
“Music education is not a luxury it’s a necessity, “Jen Chapin said.
Chapin did Cats in the Cradle with Run-D.M.C. member Darryl, “D.M.C.” Matthews McDaniels who was the 2014 Harry Chapin Award recipient. Other performances included one by Avery Wilson, who competed on The Voice Season 3 and a much-anticipated performance by the Billy Joel Band.
“I haven’t performed with them in 25 years,” Richie Cannata said.
Cannata (keyboards, saxophones, flute, clarinet, percussion), Liberty DeVitto, (drums, percussion) and Russell Javors (rhythm and lead guitars, harmonica, backing vocals) performed “Miami 2017.”
They were inductees into the Long Island Hall of Fame with Doug Stegmeyer (posthumous), as the Billy Joel Band.
The biggest announcement of the night, however, came from the Long Island Music Hall of Fame itself. Suffolk County executive Steve Bellone unveiled a new LIRR sign for the Wyandanch stop reading: “Wyandanch: Long Island Music Hall of Fame.”
After years of searching the Long Island Music Hall of Fame has found a home.