The slate of inductors for the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala on Thursday night at the Paramount in Huntington is starting to fill up.
Lesley Gore is set to honor inductee Connie Stevens, while Dominic Chianese -- yes, Uncle Junior from "The Sopranos," as well as a musician in his own right -- will welcome Ervin Drake, the Great Neck songwriter behind the Frank Sinatra classic "It Was a Very Good Year."
The gala, a fundraiser to kick off the campaign to build a Long Island Music Hall of Fame Museum in Port Jefferson, will feature a tribute to the late Ellie Greenwich, the songwriter of "Be My Baby" and "Leader of the Pack," who is also being inducted this year. Inductee Taylor Dayne is also set to perform a few of her impressive string of Top 10 pop hits, which include "Tell It to My Heart" and "Love Will Lead You Back."
Also set to be inducted this year are rappers Salt-N-Pepa and Whodini, rockers Barnaby Bye, Suffocation, Zebra and members of The Lovin' Spoonful, as well as Long Island institutions WALK-FM, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and CSS Security Inc. Music executive Ron Alexenburg, who signed Michael Jackson to Epic Records when he led that label, jazz pianist Randy Weston, classical composer Leo Kraft and musicians from the Shinnecock Nation will also be honored.
Dee Snider, who will receive the 2012 Harry Chapin Award, will not be able to perform as scheduled. The Twisted Sister frontman had to pull out because he was selected for the upcoming season of "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," which starts filming Monday. Instead of accepting his award in person, Snider will be sequestered with castmates LaToya Jackson, Dennis Rodman, Lil Jon, Omarosa and others.