The stars will be out in Huntington Thursday night, as the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction Gala brings a slate of A-listers to The Paramount.
It's not just the inductees -- rapper Kurtis Blow, record label exec Clive Davis, concert promoter Ron Delsener, singer-actress Debbie Gibson, songwriter Gerry Goffin, producer Steve Thompson and the Billy Joel Band's Richie Cannata, Liberty DeVitto, Russell Javors and Doug Stegmeyer. There are also the stars set to honor them, including Dionne Warwick (who will induct Davis) and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters (who will induct Delsener), as well as the artists who will pay tribute to them, including Davis' most recent signing, singer Avery Wilson.
"It's one of the most important galas that we've had to date," said Long Island Music Hall of Fame's vice chairman Jim Faith, whose J Faith Productions is producing the event. "We're paying tribute to history and making our own history. It's the biggest music business gala we've had to date."
Producer Steve Thompson, who lived in Centerport when he was working with an eclectic group of artists from Guns N' Roses to Whitney Houston, said he was thrilled with the recognition by his peers in the music industry. However, he was more excited about giving thanks to those who had helped his career, especially Clive Davis.
"I look forward to seeing him and to honor him for all his best work," Thompson said. "It's been a long time since I've seen him. But I plan to give him a kiss on the lips."
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