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Long Island Music Hall of Fame: Notable inductees

Billy Joel and Mariah Carey are givens, but do you know who else has earned a place in the Long Island Music Hall of Fame? Here are 35 big names inducted since the first biennial ceremony was held in 2006. This year's gala is set for Nov. 8 at The Space at Westbury.

Taking Back Sunday

Who: Taking Back Sunday Best known for: Songs
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Who: Taking Back Sunday
Best known for: Songs like "MakeDamnSure," "Cute Without the 'E'," and "You're So Last Summer"
Year inducted: The group is set to be inducted at the 2018 ceremony on Nov. 8

Who: Taylor Dayne Best known for: Her No.
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Who: Taylor Dayne
Best known for: Her No. 1 Billboar hit "Love Will Lead You Back" during her career as a singer-songwriter and actress
Year inducted: 2012

Who: Ellie Greenwich, center Best known for: Penning
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Who: Ellie Greenwich, center
Best known for: Penning hits such as "Leader of the Pack," "Be My Baby," "I Can Hear the Music," and "Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
Year inducted: 2012

Who: Ervin Drake Best known for: His work

Who: Ervin Drake
Best known for: His work as a songwriter, lyricist and television producer
Year inducted: 2012

Who: Connie Stevens Best known for: Her TV,
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Who: Connie Stevens
Best known for: Her TV, film and Broadway career as the star of "The Star-Spangled Girl"
Year inducted: 2012

Jones Beach Theater

Who: Jones Beach Theater Best known for: 63
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Who: Jones Beach Theater
Best known for: 63 seasons as a Long Island concert venue attracting over 20 million visitors throughout the years
Year inducted: 2012

Who: Whodini Best known for: Their platinum-selling album
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Who: Whodini
Best known for: Their platinum-selling album Escape with tracks "Fine Minutes of Funk" and "The Freaks Come Out at Night"
Year inducted: 2012

Who: Salt-N-Pepa Best known for: Being the first

Who: Salt-N-Pepa
Best known for: Being the first female rap Grammy winners for best rap performance of "None of Your Business" in 1995
Year inducted: 2012

Who: Al Kooper Best known for: Being the
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Who: Al Kooper
Best known for: Being the "Zelig" of rock and roll as a songwriter, producer and musician responsible for "Blood, Sweat & Tears" and Bob Dylan's electric sound
Year inducted: 2010

Who: Bob Gruen (pictured with wife Elizabeth Gruen)
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Who: Bob Gruen (pictured with wife Elizabeth Gruen)
Best known for: His work photographing John Lennon
Year inducted: 2010

Who: Eric B and Rakim Best known for:
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Who: Eric B and Rakim
Best known for: Their influential role in the hip-hop industry with singles like "Don't Sweat the Technique," which was the No. 1 rap single in 1992
Year inducted: 2010

Who: Roy Haynes Best known for: Being a
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Who: Roy Haynes
Best known for: Being a Grammy-nominated drummer with crisp rhythms
Year inducted: 2010

Who: Barbra Streisand Best known for: Not only
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Who: Barbra Streisand
Best known for: Not only a chart-topping music career, but a film, TV and Broadway career in front of the camera and behind the scenes
Year inducted: 2008

Who: Simon and Garfunkel Best known for: Being
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Who: Simon and Garfunkel
Best known for: Being two teens from Forest Hills, Queens, to make it big with "Hey Schoolgirl" in 1957
Year inducted: 2008

Who: Run DMC Best known for: Introducing electronic
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Who: Run DMC
Best known for: Introducing electronic beats into rap music with hits like "Sucker MC's"
Year inducted: 2008

Who: The Ramones Best known for: Spearheading the
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Who: The Ramones
Best known for: Spearheading the punk scene
Year inducted: 2008

Who: Public Enemy Best known for: Flavor Flav's
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Who: Public Enemy
Best known for: Flavor Flav's controversial raps on debut album "Yo! Bum Rush the Show"
Year inducted: 2008

Who: Eddie Money Best known for: Hit

Who: Eddie Money
Best known for: Hit "Take Me Home Tonight" and music videos on MTV for "Shakin" and "Think I'm in Love"
Year inducted: 2008

Who: LL Cool J Best known for: His
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Who: LL Cool J
Best known for: His smooth R&B/rap vocals, cameos in film and TV, and songs off his greatest hits album "All World"
Year inducted: 2008

Who: Neil Diamond Best known for: Making Billboard
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Who: Neil Diamond
Best known for: Making Billboard history as a top adult contemporary artist and songwriter with hits such as "Be" and "Sweet Caroline"
Year inducted: 2008

Who: Pat Benatar Best known for: Her strong

Who: Pat Benatar
Best known for: Her strong vocals and tough attitude in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Heartbreaker" and the biggest hit of her career, "Love Is a Battlefield"
Year inducted: 2008

Who: Louis Armstrong Best known for: Talent for
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Who: Louis Armstrong
Best known for: Talent for the trumpet, scat singing, the nickname "Satchmo" and his signature raspy vocals in "What a Wonderful World"
Year inducted: 2008

Who: Mariah Carey Best known for: Her five-octave
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Who: Mariah Carey
Best known for: Her five-octave voice and recording 17 No. 1 hits, the most of any female artist in the U.S.
Year inducted: 2008

Tony Bennett

Who: Tony Bennett Best known for: His first
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Who: Tony Bennett
Best known for: His first hit "Because of You" topping the charts for 10 weeks straight in 1951 followed by his big band tune "Rags to Riches" in 1953
Year inducted: 2006

Who: Billy Joel Best known for: Being Long
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Who: Billy Joel
Best known for: Being Long Island's "Piano Man" holding 33 Top 40 hits
Year inducted: 2006

Who: Cyndi Lauper Best known for: Her hit
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Who: Cyndi Lauper
Best known for: Her hit as an '80s pop icon "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
Year inducted: 2006

Who: Joan Jett Best known for: Being the
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Who: Joan Jett
Best known for: Being the lead singer of all-girl punk band "The Runaways"
Year inducted: 2006

Who: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss
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Who: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss of KISS (pictured: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer)
Best known for: Rock and roll and face makeup
Year inducted: 2006

Who: Neil Sedaka Best known for: Taking his

Who: Neil Sedaka
Best known for: Taking his career as a Top 40 recording artist to accomplished songwriter
Year inducted: 2006

Who: Marian McPartland Best known for: Her NPR

Who: Marian McPartland
Best known for: Her NPR radio show "Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz"
Year inducted: 2006

Who: Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge Best
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Who: Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge
Best known for: The gold record hit "The Worst That Could Happen"
Year inducted: 2006

Who: The Long Island Philharmonic Best known for:
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Who: The Long Island Philharmonic
Best known for: Bringing classical music to Long Island
Year inducted: 2006

Who: Twisted Sister Best known for: Dee Snider's
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Who: Twisted Sister
Best known for: Dee Snider's Alice Cooper influence and 1984 album "Stay Hungry" with hits "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It"
Year inducted: 2006

Who: Vanilla Fudge Best known for: Their hit
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Who: Vanilla Fudge
Best known for: Their hit "You Keep Me Hangin' On"
Year inducted: 2006

Who: Gary U.S. Bonds Best known for: New
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Who: Gary U.S. Bonds
Best known for: New Orleans-style rhythm and blues
Year inducted: 2006

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