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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:40 am

Piano-playing singer-songwriter from the Bronx, he's had huge success over the past 40 years with a selection of hit singles, and also become famous for his wives as for his cultural exchanges with the former Soviet Union. Still only 65. I recently picked up a copy of his 'Storm Front' album, as luck would have it. Here's a few of his finest moments:

Just The Way You Are

My Life

Uptown Girl

We Didn't Start The Fire

The River of Dreams

A modern-day Neil Sedaka?  jocolor 
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Post  Adric on Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:01 am

Billy just makes my head spin. He has so many awesome songs, it's obvious he's a genius. In the 90's, Wisconsin had an eatery called Judy's. My room mate at time was one of those lucky souls to meet Billy! She saw through his glasses and baseball cap. As to avoid a riot, she calmly kept Billy in hiding. He not only signed her check, autograph and what not, but also tipped her $500.00! It paid our rent!

My fav Billy song .... ummmm ..... I'm insulted that his first US debut Billy Joel - Piano Man only scored #24! I just love everything he does.

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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:07 am

Cool story. He strikes me as being a good bloke, although he takes more than his fair share of critical flak from some quarters.

Good choice in 'Piano Man'. There were so many to select, and I tried to stick to what in the UK anyway would be termed his bigger known hits. I think I prefer some of his more abstract efforts than the slushy ones, but then maybe that's just my age, huh? affraid
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Post  misery guts on Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:27 pm

Billy Joel: Live at the Shea Stadium
An hour & a half in NYC with the Piano Man. Also special guests Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, and Paul McCartney. Many, many great hits here. Like Michael Bolton, much derided but the hits all connect.

Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust - The Bridge To Russia
How one of America's naffer acts tried to accelerate the glasnost & that in the mid-80's by touring the good ol' USSR. Billy, his then wife, his band, and a few Russian acts commented on the learning curve from a warm-up gig in Tbilisi (which ruined Joel's voice), and then gigs in Moscow (tricky) and Leningrad (success!). One entertaining touch was that Billy now looks quite old. Christie Brinkley, OTOH, looked like she had been interviewed 25 years ago! Anyway, there were some nice songs, and though the political claims were a little overdone, it was still an achievement worth recognising.

Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia : The Concert
From Leningrad, July 1987, a wide mix of songs, enthusiastically performed, and loved by the crowd. I gather this concert is now out as a live album, which explains a lot.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:16 pm

Heyday TV: Billy Joel - Broadcasting Live
A half-hour culled from different shows (including Farm Aid!), giving 2 bites at "Only the Good Die Young", but also fitting in more famous numbers like "Just The Way You Are" and "We Didn't Start The Fire". Could & should have been a lot longer, really.
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Post  Adric on Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:58 pm

Billy Joel Reflects On His Career And Breaking Records Today

Billy Joel recently gave an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Here is an excerpt:

In August you’ll play the final show at Nassau Coliseum, your hometown venue, before they tear it down to rebuild it. Do you recall the first time playing there?

It was the first big arena I ever played, right after The Stranger came out in 1977. Very, very exciting. Everyone I knew in the world was there. Ex-girlfriends, you know…

You haven’t released an album of pop songs since 1993’s River of Dreams. Do you want to make more pop music?

I’m writing new music all the time. I’m just not writing pop stuff. It’s not my goal right now. I’m writing for the sake of writing music. Whether it gets heard or not isn’t an issue for me. It keeps my own juices going and my mind active.

Do you write your music down?

There’s no tapes of what I’ve been writing for the last 20 years. I should have put it on tape because I’m sure my memory will start to go. I’m 66 now. Probably got a good ­couple of years left. [Laughs]
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Post  misery guts on Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:58 pm

I was about to say I remember he did a gig which was the last at the old Shea Stadium, but since I haven't listed it above, I might have mis-remembered that.

Has he really not done a new album in 20 years? It's my day for ignorance, then...
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