Taylor Dayne will soon have something in common with Billy Joel and Mariah Carey: later this month, she'll become a member of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
Taylor, whose birth name is Leslie Wunderman, was born and raised in Long Island, New York. She dominated radio in the late '80s and early '90s with hits such as "Tell It to My Heart," "I'll Always Love You," "Don't Rush Me," "Love Will Lead You Back" and "I'll Be Your Shelter." She's also appeared on Broadway, on TV and in several movies.
Taylor will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a gala October 18 ceremony in Huntington, New York. Also being inducted this year are pioneering female rap duo Salt 'n Pepa, singer Connie Stevens and two members of the Lovin' Spoonful, among others. Dee Snider of Twisted Sister will receive a special Humanitarian Award named after the late Harry Chapin, another famous Long Islander.
In addition to Mariah Carey and Billy Joel, other members of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame include Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Simon & Garfunkel, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, The Stray Cats, Eddie Money, Cyndi Lauper and Carole King. The Hall of Fame defines "Long Island" by its geographic boundaries, which allows it to include artists from Queens and Brooklyn.
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