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2008 Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala. In addition to taking the picture, I was responsible for all the other graphic design and identity for the event including tickets, program, laminants, posters and ads.

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  1. 1. Event art designed and photographed by Susan Herbst · Produced by James Faith Entertainment and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame
  2. 2. Inductees 2008 T his first group of 53 inductees, honored at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Inaugural (2006) and 2008 Induction Galas, represents Long Island’s historic and diverse contributions to the world’s musical and cultural landscape. The Long Island Music Hall of Fame has taken great care to insure that these “First 53” clearly represent the core of our organization’s mission statement. They are a select group of Long Island artists, venues and businesses who are responsible for some of the extraordinary contributions that Long Island has made to the musical landscape of America and the world for over 100 years. It is our hope and belief that these “First 53” demonstrate that Long Island has been, and will continue to be, a consistent and never-ending wellspring of world class musical talent. Inductees to The Long Island Music Hall of Fame must have either been born on Long Island (Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Nassau or Suffolk Counties) or resided there for a significant portion of their career. They must also properly illustrate the diversity our Long Island home. Selections for induction are voted on by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Board of Directors, with the input of members of its advisory committees, from a continually growing list of over 500 potential inductees. 2008 Louis Armstrong Neil Diamond Public Enemy William “Count” Basie The Good Rats The Ramones Walter Becker Arlo Guthrie Jean Ritchie Pat Benatar Marvin Hamlisch Beverly Sills Blue Oyster Cult Carole King Simon and Garfunkel Bob Buchmann LL Cool J Barbra Streisand Mariah Carey Guy Lombardo The Tokens Aaron Copland Eddie Money Kenny Vance 2006 Inductees Mose Allison George Gershwin Long Island Philharmonic Sam Ash Sr. Richie Havens Marian McPartland Tony Bennett Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley George “Shadow” Morton Gary U.S. Bonds and Peter Criss, Run-DMC Harry Chapin LI members of KISS Neil Sedaka George M. Cohan Joan Jett Stray Cats John Coltrane Billy Joel Stony Brook University Perry Como Johnny Maestro and the Sam Taylor Brooklyn Bridge James (Jimmy) D’Aquisto Twisted Sister Cyndi Lauper Edward “Little Buster” Vanilla Fudge Forehand Little Anthony and the Imperials Leslie West Induction Criteria: Inductees were selected by The Long Island Music Hall of Fame Board of Directors from an evolving and growing list of people, artists, groups or entities that were born, raised, founded, or have resided on Long Island for a significant portion of their career or existence. Entry into the Hall is based on historical importance and the significance of their contribution to Long Island’s rich musical heritage. The Long Island Music Hall of Fame defines Long Island by its geographic boundaries, which includes Queens, Kings, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. 6
  3. 3. Pat Benatar K nown for her operatic voice and ‘tough girl’ attitude, Pat Benatar won four consecutive Grammy Awards for “Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female” from 1980 to 1983, and was nominated four additional times in 1985, 1986, 1988, and 1989. Born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski in Brooklyn, NY, Pat grew up in Lindenhurst where she initially studied opera like her mother. She married Dennis Benatar in 1971, the source of the surname with which she became famous – though her actual career began after they had divorced. She was discovered at an amateur-night contest in the New York City comedy club Catch a Rising Star in 1977, and was signed to Chrysalis Records by its founder Terry Ellis. The hits began with Benatar’s very first single, “Heartbreaker,” which was released in October 1979 and quickly climbed to #23 in the US. The follow-up LP, In the Heat of the Night reached #12, and established the Long Islander as a new force in rock. Two more hit singles followed before August 1980, when Benatar released her second LP, Crimes of Passion, featuring her signature song “Hit Me with Your Best Shot.” The single was her first to break the US Top 10 and reach gold record status. The album reached #2 in early 1981, and remained on the US album charts for 93 weeks. Precious Time, released in August 1981, topped the charts in the US and broke the Top 40 in the UK. The album’s lead single, “Fire and Ice,” was another big hit, and would win Benatar her second Grammy® Award. In February 1982, Benatar married her lead guitarist Neil Giraldo and released the hit single “Shadows of the Night” earning her yet another Grammy®. The fol- low-up LP, Get Nervous, released in January 1983, was also a success. By 1983, Benatar had established a reputation for writing about ‘tough’ subject matter. The biggest hit of her career, “Love Is a Battlefield,” released in December, kept the trend alive with great re- sults. The single hit Top Ten in the US, jumped into the UK and Australian Top 40, and would net her fourth consecutive Grammy®. The live album, Live from Earth, from which “Love Is a Battlefield” was one of two studio recorded tracks, hit US #13. Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo continue to write and tour, playing to sell- out crowds. Audiences continue to be amazed by the power in the voice of Long Island’s Pat Benatar, nearly 30-years after since she first hit us with her best shot. 10
  4. 4. Jean Ritchie J ean Ritchie was born and raised in Viper, Kentucky in the heart of the Southern Appa- lachian Mountains, youngest in a family of fourteen children. Walled in by the rugged Cumberland ridges, the Ritchies and their neighbors farmed their hillsides using primitive methods and entertained themselves with games and ballads handed down through the generations from their Scottish, English and Irish ancestors. She became the first person to enroll and obtain a degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. In 1947 she moved to New York and worked in the famous Henry Street Settlement as a social worker whose main virtues proved to be her voice and her deeply felt desire to help make a better world. By 1950, Jean Ritchie was an important fig- ure on the New York folk scene, her influence probably best shown by the fact that dulcimers, almost unknown instruments in New York, were suddenly in demand. She is credited with almost single-handedly reviving interest in the mountain dulcimer and with helping to establish its promi- nence as more than a regional folk instrument. As Jean’s reputation grew, Oxford Press pub- lished Singing Family of the Cumberlands, a book about her family and its music, in 1955 (and still in print today). Nine more books, in- cluding the prize winning Celebration of Life, were to follow. The early 50s continued to be eventful for Jean. She married New York photographer George Pickow and met Jac Holzman, who with a friend, had just started a small record company called Elektra. He asked if she’d consider launching their folk music division. The first record for Elektra and for Jean, was the 10-inch LP Jean Ritchie, Singing Traditional Songs of Her Ken- tucky Mountain Family. Since then, she has recorded more than 30 albums for different labels, including her own Greenhays label, which she and George set up in 1979. In 1996, the Ritchie-Pickow Archive was established at University College, Galway, Ireland. In 1998 the Life Achievement Award was given to Jean by the Folk Alliance. KET, The Kentucky Network honored her with a special about her life and music, Mountain Born: the Jean Ritchie Story which aired widely over the PBS network. The Ritchies have lived in Port Washington since 1956, and have a log house in Viper, Kentucky. Interest in traditional music keeps Jean active performing in more summer music festivals and college dates than ever before. She also finds herself in demand to guest teach at such places as the University of California, Santa Cruz or to serve as art- ist-in-residence, and has performed extensively for television. “I believe that old songs have things to say to the modern generation, and that’s why they’ve stayed around. That’s also why I am still singing. I’m not afraid to be myself. Agents say you have to change and grow, but I believe you can sing the same songs and sing them better and grow new songs out of the old. I guess if I had to categorize myself or pin down a description of what I do, I’d have to say I’m a carrier of tradition.” – Jean Ritchie 25
  5. 5. News in 2008 Long Island Music Hall of Fame Finds a Home If home is where the heart is, it looks like the Long Island Music Hall of Fame’s home, and heart, is destined to be in Port Jefferson. There is an agreement in principle from the Town of Brookhaven: a bi-partisan unanimous decision was made to pass a resolution for LIMHoF to operate a museum in the former Tax Assessor’s Build- ing at the corner of Route 25A and East Main Street in beautiful down- town Port Jefferson. Thanks to the wonderful efforts Past and future...On the left, originally the First National Bank of of Town of Brookhaven Councilman Port Jefferson; and right, as it could appear as the home of the Steve Fiore-Rosenfeld and many Long Island Music Hall of Fame. other people behind the scenes, the We’re grateful to everyone who has been scaffolding has gone up and the renovations with us this far, but stay tuned – much bigger have begun. and better things are ahead.  SIMON AND GARFUNKEL’S BOOKENDS LIMHoF Meets with Peter Seeger With Legendary NY Disc Jockey Pete Fornatale When singer/song- On April 3, 2008 the Long Island Music Hall of writer and LIMHoF Fame and the YMCA’s Boulton Center teamed Education Advisory up to present a multimedia program celebrating Board member Pa- Simon and Garfunkel, and the 40th anniversary of tricia Shih suggested their breakthrough album Bookends. that Pete Seeger The LIMHoF’s Tony Traguardo lead the might be available conversation with Pete Fornatale. Clips of early to videotape an in- recordings along with rare, historic troduction for Arlo footage from the Hall’s Guthrie’s induction archives, shed new light on to the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, sev- Paul and Art’s beginnings eral board members jumped at the opportu- as a duo called ‘Tom and nity. Jerry.’ Mr. Fornatale played Although the induction was several segments of interviews months away, (and they had to go to Bea- he’s conducted with con, NY) the idea of capturing Mr. Seeger’s the duo over the years. warmth and genuine love for Mr. Guthrie He also discussed his was irresistible. And, considering that the recently released book, 89-year old Mr. Seeger was Woody Guthrie’s titled Simon and Garfunkel’s friend and traveling partner, that he helped Bookends. make Woody’s music a national treasure and Mr. Fornatale is also celebrating the 25th that he knew Arlo since his childhood on anniversary of his radio program, “Mixed Bag.” Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island, wouldn’t A closing question and answer session with Mr. this be great? In short, it was. Fornatale made this a unique and exciting event. To read the full story and see pictures visit The audio portion of the lecture segment is us online at available for download on  leases/2008/seeger-visit.html.  To view the full newsletters or for more information on library events and exhibits, full inductee bios, scholarships, merchandise and membership, please visit our website at 35
  6. 6. News in 2008 LIMHoF exhibited pictures and LONG ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FESTIVAL memorabilia from their archives in the The Long Island Music Hall of Fame will sponsor the Long 2nd floor gallery at the Long Beach Island High School Scholarship Festival in May of 2010. Bos- Public Library. It celebrated artists, ven- ton’s prestigious Berklee College of Music is on board – of- ues and educators from the four counties fering $60,000 in scholarships to graduating Long Island high within the LI geographical area. Held in school students hoping to attend music related universities. conjuction with the library’s Jazz Fest, The event will be a two-day festival attracting all of the the show ran from August 28 - Septem- Long Island’s high schools, and a host of major colleges ber 7. On September 8, Tony Traguardo including Michigan State, Dowling, Five Towns, the New hosted an entertaining and informative School and Stony Brook University. Graduating students multimedia presentation about the orga- and their parents will interact with the visiting colleges’ nization and its first class of inductees. representatives and see their bands and orchestras perform. LIMHoF sponsored a fabulous ar- There will also be clinics, workshops and the awarding of ray of talent for the KidZone at the scholarships to some of the finest colleges in the country. Great South Bay Music Festival, in The event was created by Dennis Wilson, a Long Island na- Patchogue, and the KidsWorld Tent at tive, and successful trombonist with the Carnegie Hall Band, the Port Jefferson American Music Wynton Marsalis and the Count Basie Orchestra; and James Festival. Faith, a Long Island promoter, and founding member and Both events featured some of the Executive Vice Chairman of LIMHoF. New York area’s finest children’s en- The event was successfully implemented several years tertainers, including Patricia Shih, The ago, and Dennis & Jim were able to award approximately Very Cool Music School featuring Jim- $60,000 in scholarships at that time. With Berklee confirm- my Rosica, Dr. Planet, Brady Rymer, ing that they alone will offer up $60,000 in scholarships, Jack Licitra, Marla Lewis, Toby Tobias there is a good chance that the event and the Long Island and Paul Helou.  Music Hall of Fame will present over $200,000 in scholar- ships at this event.  More programs are being developed and will be available SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND DISPLAYS through the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. LIMHOF: Preserving a Rich History mon and Art Garfunkel recorded under various pseudonyms Discover the rich musical history that sprang from Long Is- both together and apart. The program features clips of per- land, from George M. Cohan to Run-DMC and beyond, and formances that have not been seen since their initial airing trace their impact on all genres of music. over forty years ago. Billy Joel – A Salute to the Piano Man THE LIMHOF TRAVELING EXHIBIT Featuring rarely seen footage of Long Island’s own piano man, Billy Joel. Trace the history of this multi-Grammy win- These exhibits are meant ning artist and LIMHoF inductee from his roots in a Hicks- to inspire the exploration ville-based garage band through his record-breaking shows and celebrate the music at Madison Square Garden in 2006. that has been made by Long Islanders for over a century. This Trane Stopped in Dix Hills The island’s musical his- An evening chronicling the career of jazz legend John Col- trane including a discussion of the years he lived on Long tory begins in the 1890s Island. The program features footage of this master of Jazz with John Philip Sousa and that has never been broadcast in the US. encompasses Long Island’s Kings, Queens, Nassau and The Long Island Sound and Scene Suffolk counties. The birth of blue-eyed soul, psychedelic freak-outs and As music progressed, pounding garage all happened here on Long Island in LI served as the home of the swingin’ 60s. From the groups that made the charts (Va- many renowned jazz per- nilla Fudge), to the bands loved by the locals (the Smubbs), formers and classical composers of the 1940s, 50s and they’re all a part of this celebratory program. 60s, the stomping ground for some of America’s great folk Long Island Live! Where the Music Played artists and Brill Building songwriters of the 50s and 60s, Join the Long Island Music Hall of Fame for a multimedia, and the starting point for many major rock and hip-hop acts virtual-tour of some of the most famous places the music from the 70s to today. played during the heyday of Long Island’s live music scene. The Hall’s library exhibits reflect these eras and per- Simon & Garfunkel - Simon, Garfunkel, Tom, Jerry, Tico, formers through photographs, collectibles and ephemera Artie Garr ... and Friends relating to musicians as diverse as George M. Cohan and Rare audio recordings will outline the period when Paul Si- Pat Benatar. 36
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