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Legendary music manager Shep Gordon on being honored at 13th Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Hamptons Happening, living in Oceanside & more

Legendary music manager Shep Gordon on being honored at 13th Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Hamptons Happening, living in Oceanside & more

One of the most successful managers within music for decades, Shep Gordon remained behind the scenes for most of his career. However, when comedian Mike Myers pushed to a make a documentary about Gordon -- 2013's Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon -- a lot of people began to connect the dots. Gordon has not only been the manager of Alice Cooper since 1968, but also instrumental in the careers of Luther Vandross, Anne Murray, Blondie, Ben Vereen, Groucho Marx and Frankie Valli, to name a few key artists. Gordon is also largely to credit for inventing the celebrity chef via starting Alive Culinary Resources in 1993, has partnered in many restaurants, and has produced a lot films. All of this and more is detailed in the 2016 memoir, They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass To The Amazing Worlds Of Film, Food, and Rock 'N' Roll

Gordon has also been prolific in terms of his charitable endeavors. He serves on the board of the Tibet Fund with the Dalai Lama, in addition to board work with the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. He helped create a permanent scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America. He has provided over one million meals to those in need. Mensch-y doings like these help explain why the Oceanside native will be honored at the 13th Annual A Hamptons Happening benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation this Saturday, August 5th.

No Place Like Long Island had the pleasure of doing some Q&A with Shep Gordon, who can be followed on Twitter via @SupermenschShep.

In Supermensch, you mentioned living in Oceanside. When was the last time you were in Oceanside?

Shep Gordon: 3 years ago -- drove through and went to Nathan's.

Did you spend much time in Long Beach growing up?

Shep Gordon: A lot. I worked at the beach clubs and hung out at the boardwalk playing Fascination and eating Izzy's Knishes!

Is there anything you miss about living on Long Island?

Shep Gordon: Clamming.

What was the first concert you attended as a Long Islander?

Shep Gordon: James Brown at the Race Track in Freeport.

What are some of your favorite restaurants on Long Island? Any in Oceanside?

Shep Gordon: Don't know them. I used at eat at Texas Ranger and Nathan's.

You will be honored by the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation out in the Hamptons. Did you ever spend much time in the Hamptons?

Shep Gordon: Every few years I go to stay with friends. I love it.

Finally, is there something you wish more people knew about Shep Gordon?

Shep Gordon: I'm a very lucky and grateful guy!

A chat with Lidia Szczepanowski, Ms. World Elite 2017, of Dix Hills

A chat with Lidia Szczepanowski, Ms. World Elite 2017, of Dix Hills

"Hired Gun" star and drumming legend Liberty DeVitto talks to No Place Like Long Island

"Hired Gun" star and drumming legend Liberty DeVitto talks to No Place Like Long Island