Billy Joel- Billy the Kid- UConn 12-76

There are moments in time when a photographer’s lens or a tape recorder’s microphones capture that magical moment just before history is made, and that’s what we have here: Billy Joel and his live band, even then aces all, poised on the launching pad of stardom mere months before The Stranger  would forever change his life and pop culture, playing a regional stronghold for Billy Joel, the University of Connecticut at New London just before Christmas break in 1976. Three years earlier I had discovered the brilliant songwriting on the album Piano Man  by playing on the radio not only the now-famous title song but also “Captain Jack” and “Billy the Kid“, a very rare version which we share here. –Redbeard