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Billy Joel- 52nd Street 40th Anniversary

 William Martin Billy Joel has sold more albums in the U.S. than any pop/rock singer except for Elvis Presley. Superstar musicians in that rarified league ( and many more only pretenders to it ) always surround themselves with gaggles of managers, “minders”, assistants, agents, and promoters , and the size of the entourage doubles when […]

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Billy Joel- Captain Jack- Long Island 7-81

People that have not been in Billy Joel‘s corner since the days of The Hassles and Cold Spring Harbor  and Piano Man,  the latter released forty-five years ago this Autumn, truly cannot appreciate the depth of affection millions feel for this guy. But those lucky few who packed Spark’s Saloon to the rafters in Huntington […]

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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 […]

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Billy Joel-Only the Good Die Young reggae demo

Just for fun, check out this previously unreleased demo of Billy Joel leading his band through a reggae version of “Only the Good Die Young“, no doubt in tribute to the popularity  of Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1977 when Billy Joel’s The Stranger  was recorded. You can find it on the excellent My […]

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Billy Joel- The Stranger 40th Anniversary

OK, pop quiz: who is runner-up to Elvis Presley as the top album seller singer in America? It’s Billy Joel, the unofficial mayor of New York City who, unlike Bill De Blasio and Michael Bloomberg, is not term limited but holds that distinction for life! Superstar musicians in that rarefied league ( and many more […]

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Billy Joel “New York State of Mind” UConn 12-76

This timeless 1976 performance of soon-to-be classic “New York State of Mind” serves as proof positive that, even before his 1977 blockbuster “The Stranger” brought him to mass popularity, Billy Joel was a terrific live entertainer with a superb band.

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Billy Joel-Get It Right the First Time-Nassau LI 12-77

For some reason this song never became memorable to me when the original studio recording was released in Fall 1977 on Billy Joel‘s The Stranger  album. Yet when I remastered the live version from the oft-bootlegged December 1977 concert at his home venue Nassau Long Island Coliseum, it’s bossa nova vamping in the choruses of […]

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Billy Joel- Glass Houses

Billy Joel took a big risk in March 1980 by following blockbusters The Stranger   and 52nd Street   with the surprisingly stripped down garage rock arrangements of Glass Houses.  But lest you get the wrong idea, it was the approach by Billy Joel that was lean, not the material. Some of his best songs are here, […]

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Billy Joel-You May Be Right-with Elton John 7-94 Giants Stadium

It was just the stuff of fantasy, until suddenly there they were, “Face 2 Face” on one stage: Billy Joel, the honorary mayor without term limits of New York City, sharing the Meadowlands stage with the incomparable Elton John! Billy gives us the skinny (tie) on that song along with the #1-selling Grammy Album of […]