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Billy Joel- 52nd Street 40th Anniversary 9-3

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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…

Tommy Shaw- Girls With Guns- Dallas Ft. Worth 11-84

When Tommy Shaw, just recently estranged then from arena-fillers Styx, brought his Girls With Guns  solo band to a Ft. Worth nightclub in an otherwise empty strip mall on a chilly Sunday November night in 1984, what I expected to see and hear,…

Phil Ramone,14-Time Grammy Winner Superstar Producer

Before he died in March 2013 Phil Ramone collaborated with a plethora of music superstars, including RAY CHARLES, BOB DYLAN, ARETHA FRANKLIN, PAUL MCCARTNEY, QUINCY JONES, FRANK SINATRA,  STEVIE WONDER, BURT BACHARACH, BONO,  MADONNA, and…

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…
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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…

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.

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…

Billy Joel-New York State of Mind-9/11 Tribute rehearsal

You do not have to be a native New Yorker to be in a" New York state of mind" each year on September 11.

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…