BILLY JOEL: His Band Is Going to Hall of Fame
A wide range of Long Island-based artists will be inducted at the organization’s fifth annual gala on October 23rd.
The original Billy Joel band tops the Class of 2014 for the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. The guys who played on such iconic hits as “My Life,” “Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Just the Way You Are” and “Piano Man” will be joined by ’80s dance-pop star Debbie Gibson, Broadway legend Patti LuPone, producer-mixer Steve Thompson, rapper and record producer Kurtis Blow and the late lyricist Gerry Goffin.
Music mogul Clive Davis and concert promoter Ron Delsener will also be inducted, while DMC of Run-DMC will receive the 2014 Harry Chapin Award, designated for previous honorees.
Joel’s sax player Richie Cannata tells us, “It is an honor to be recognized for induction into the LI Music Hall of Fame. I loved making that great music with Billy and the band. It is a great day for me and my family.”
Drummer Liberty DeVitto adds, “Its an honor to be inducted but I don’t know what all the fuss is about… we were just doing what we love to do… make music!
The induction gala will be held October 23rd at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, New York.
Previous honorees include such past and present Long Islanders as Billy Joel, Lou Reed, Carole King, Eddie Money, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, Mariah Carey, members of The Lovin’ Spoonful, Gary U.S. Bonds, Simon & Garfunkel and Tony Bennett.