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Billy Joel and Band Members to be Inducted into LI Hall of Fame

August 27, 2014
Billy Joel

Billy Joel

Good news for Long Islanders and Billy Joel fans. The Long Island Music Hall of Fame has chosen to admit pop-star and singer-songwriter Billy Joel, along with the members of his original band into its prestigious society.

Although Joel was born in the Bronx, he grew up in Hicksville, attending Hicksville High School until 1967, the same year that he launched his musical career, at the age of 18.

The gala will take place at the Paramount in Huntington on October 23, a date which conflicts with Joel’s schedule, making it impossible for him to attend. That will not stop the Hall of Fame from inducting his fellow band members into what is the fifth class of honorees. Joel’s percussionist and drummer Liberty DeVitto, bass guitarist Doug Stegmeyer, Russel Javors on rhythm and lead guitars and Richie Cannata on keyboards, saxophones, flute, clarinet and percussion will all be there to receive their honors.

“We are very excited to honor our fifth round of inductees,” said Jeff James, chairman of the Hall of Fame. “We are humbled to have such support from these industry giants who have contributed so much to the music history of Long Island.”

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