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New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 PERFORMING ARTS
originally published: 07/03/2018
The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre. The following is a look at the members inducted in the PERFORMING ARTS category: The Four Seasons, Steven Van Zandt, Gloria Gaynor, and Debbie Harry.
The Four Seasons - In 1962, the band released their first album, featuring the single “Sherry,” which became their first charted hit and first number-one song. They followed with several million-selling hits, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Candy Girl”, and “Ain’t That A Shame.” The Four Seasons are one of only two American bands (The Beach Boys is the other) to enjoy major chart success before, during, and after the British musical invasion. The band’s original line-up was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and joined the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. They are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide.
Steven Van Zandt - Steven Van Zandt, musician and actor, frequently goes by the stage name Little Steven. He has his own solo band called Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul and is a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. He is also known for playing Silvio Dante on The Sopranos (1999-2007) and Frank Tagliano / Giovanni “Johnny” Henriksen on Lilyhammer (2012-2014). In 2014, Van Zandt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band. Regarding his role in The Sopranos and being a member of the E Street Band, Steven said, “I am having the experience two times in my life of doing something that makes New Jersey fashionable. What are the odds of that?”
Gloria Gaynor - Gloria Gaynor has achieved global stardom and musical recognition with hit songs on the charts all four decades of her career. She has channeled her fame into support for several charities and devotes her time and energy to children and other worthy causes. A recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Award, as well as an inductee into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, Gloria is an author and a television personality. Gloria continues to tour the world and performs at concerts in the USA, Europe, and South America each year. In March 2016, Gloria’s recording of “I Will Survive” was inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, which preserves sound recordings with great cultural & historical importance.
Debbie Harry- Her influence in music, art, and fashion has made Debbie Harry, the front woman for the band Blondie, a rock and roll superstar. Debbie and co-founder Chris Stein fused the sounds of punk, rock, and disco, and were among the first to combine hip-hop and pop. Her success on the charts, both with Blondie and as a solo artist, has made this trailblazer a force in pop culture for decades. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, she and the band have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, and she has acted in more than 30 films and television shows including the original 1998 film, Hairspray, by John Waters. She also starred on Broadway in Teaneck Tanzi: The Venus Flytrap.
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