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.
--GLENN GAMBOA

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36. "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond

The success of the ballad is as much about the power of radio as it is the star power of the two Brooklyn natives. Gary Guthrie, program director at WAKY-AM in Louisville, Ky., decided to splice Streisand's 1978 version of the song into Diamond's 1977 version, as a gift for his wife, who he was amicably divorcing. Once the gift hit the airwaves, listeners went wild for it, requesting it and petitioning Columbia Records to buy it. The furor spread and interest grew so high, Diamond and Streisand recorded a new version of the song, which hit No. 1 late in 1978, and has become best known as a duet ever since.

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