As a New York-based singer-songwriter in the early '70s, he cut his first record, which nobody heard. He then relocated to Los Angeles, rebooted, had a minor hit and then returned home, where he built a career on two great pop albums with jazz undertones. He then shifted gears again, releasing a string of records — a rock 'n' roll one, a politically conscious one, one that paid tribute to the music he grew up on — before halting his recording career following the release of his fourth No.
A look at the Piano Man's history on the chart.
Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. Written in , this moody, psychedelic ballad tells the true story of a Long Island drug dealer and his teenage clientele, who turned to heroin to escape the boredom of suburbia. Even a complete Billy Joel novice would recognize this song from the first blows of a harmonica. The partially autobiographical ballad chronicles the experiences of a lounge singer as he performs in the same dive bar night after night, profiling patrons who dream of better lives and wondering how a performer like him could end up in such an establishment. Legend surrounds this hit about a young man attempting to convince his girlfriend to have premarital sex. When Joel brought The Stranger tour to St.
"The Ballad of Billy the Kid"
Billy Joel is the closest thing Madison Square Garden has to a sure thing — certainly more than the Knicks or the Rangers or the Liberty. By the measure of hit-making, his stats are staggering. They used to beat him up for his perceived lack of edge. Lately, though — like every artist from a generation back — he is undergoing a critical reassessment, despite some dissenters. I am in his camp. I grew up right off the Jersey Turnpike, halfway between Levittown and Allentown, during the years when he was on the radio every day.
Billy Joel fans know that his catalog is extensive. More casual fans might not even realize that a hit they love is actually Billy Joel on the end of the speaker. Here are 20 of the best songs from Billy Joel's career. It is a fictional version of Billy Joel's experiences as a piano player and lounge singer for six months at the Executive Room in Los Angeles. The characters in the song are all based on real people. The line, "the waitress is practicing politics," refers to his first wife Elizabeth Weber. After the success of Billy Joel's album The Stranger in , "Piano Man" experienced a resurgence in popularity and remains one of the most popular songs in Billy Joel's repertoire.