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.


75. "Sounds of Silence," Simon and Garfunkel

The original version of "The Sounds of Silence," their reaction to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, was an acoustic folk version that was virtually ignored and could have been forgotten if producer Tom Wilson didn't decide to rework it a year later. Wilson added drums and an electric guitar to the original, and it became the first No. 1 single for the childhood friends from Forest Hills in 1966. The song's success brought Simon and Garfunkel back together as a duo after they had split to spend time on their solo careers.

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