Four More Names Added to List of Long Island Music Hall of Fame Inductees

Red carpet gala will serve as fundraiser for new Port Jefferson-based museum.

And the beat goes on.

Last week, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame added four more names to the growing list being honored for their contribution to the music industry during a gala at The Paramount in Huntington on Oct.18.

New inductees include female rap pioneers Salt-n-Pepa, singer Connie Stevens, record industry executive Ron Alexenburg and hip-hop artist Whodini.

They join singer Taylor Dayne, Lovin’ Spoonful’s Joe Butler and Randy Jackson of rock band Zebra already announced in August when the Long Island Music Hall of Fame released its first round of inductees for 2012 at a press conference in Huntington. Previous inductee Dee Snider of the 80s heavy metal band Twisted Sister will receive this year’s 2012 Harry Chapin Award at the ceremony.

The gala will serve as a fundraiser for the Long Island Hall of Fame’s planned museum in Port Jefferson village.

Scheduled performers at the event include southern rock singer Charlie Daniels, Gary U.S. Bonds, The Lovin Spoonful, Whodini, Taylor Dayne and more.

Also being honored this year are:

  • Songwriter Ervin Drake, who wrote, among others, “It Was a Very Good Year.”
  • Concert Security Systems In and its founder, Ira Maltz.
  • Songwriter Ellie Greenwich, who died in 2009, and who wrote or co-wrote such works as “Leader of the Pack” and “River Deep, Mountain High.”
  • Jones Beach Theater.
  • Composer Leo Kraft, professor emeritus of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
  • Musicians from the Shinnecock Indian Nation.
  • WALK-FM radio.
  • Pianist Randy Weston.
  • Robert W. Krueger, longtime director of music education in Northport and namesake of the bandshell in the Northport Village Park. He will be honored as music educator of the year.

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