100 songs Long Islanders should know

As we prepare for the upcoming Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Oct. 18 at the Paramount in Huntington, we wanted to pull together a list of the songs that should be a source of civic pride.
These are the 100 songs every Long Islander should know -- songs by people from here, about here, and written and recorded here, that also have changed the world of music. And by here, we go along with the LIHoF's definition of Long Island: Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.


17. "A Love Supreme," John Coltrane

The legendary saxophonist's masterwork, which he composed in his longtime Dix Hills home, is hailed as one of jazz's most important albums, as well as one of the most influential performances for generations of musicians. The composition was built around four notes, which represented the words "a love supreme" delivered almost as a mantra that he repeated as a spiritual tribute. Though the song and the album didn't chart in its initial release in 1964, the reissue of the album in 2002 reached No. 4 on the jazz charts.

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