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.


90. "Black Betty," Ram Jam

The Leadbelly classic got a bubblegum makeover in 1977 from Great Neck producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz and studio band Ram Jam that featured Long Islanders Howie Blauvelt on bass and Peter Charles on drums. The song, recorded at K&K Studio City in Great Neck, reached No. 18 in 1977, while a remix of the track hit No. 13 on the dance charts in 1990.

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