Category: piano man

On this day in music history: November 9, 1973 – “Piano Man”, the second album by Billy Joel is released. Produced by Michael Stewart, it is recorded at The Record Plant and Devonshire Studios in Los Angeles, CA in September 1973. Joel’s debut album for Columbia Records, it is his first release after experiencing legal problems with former manager Artie Ripp and his label Family Productions following the botched release of his debut album “Cold Spring Harbor”. Part of the legal settlement after separating from Ripp requires that Joel’s albums to carry the Family Productions logo until 1986, as well as pay Ripp a percentage of royalties from his record sales. The title track (#25 Pop, #4 AC) is inspired by the year and a half Joel spends working in a piano bar in Los Angeles. The song and album proves to be his breakthrough and also includes the classics “Captain Jack” and “The Ballad Of Billy The Kid”. The album is remastered and reissued in 1998 as an Enhanced CD with a live performance clip of the title track included as a bonus. In 2011, audiophile label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab remasters and reissues the album as a hybrid SACD and as a 180 gram vinyl LP. “Piano Man” peaks at number twenty seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: November 9, 1973 – “Piano Man”, the second album by Billy Joel is released. Produced by Michael Stewart, it is recorded at The Record Plant and Devonshire Studios in Los Angeles, CA in September 1973. Joel’s debut album for Columbia Records, it is his first release after experiencing legal problems with former manager Artie Ripp and his label Family Productions following the botched release of his debut album “Cold Spring Harbor”. Part of the legal settlement after separating from Ripp requires that Joel’s albums to carry the Family Productions logo until 1986, as well as pay Ripp a percentage of royalties from his record sales. The title track (#25 Pop, #4 AC) is inspired by the year and a half, Joel spends working in a piano bar in Los Angeles. The song and album proves to be his breakthrough and also includes the classics “Captain Jack” and “The Ballad Of Billy The Kid”. The album is remastered and reissued in 1998 as an Enhanced CD with a live performance clip of the title track included as a bonus. In 2011, audiophile label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab remasters and reissues the album as a hybrid SACD and as a 180 gram vinyl LP. “Piano Man” peaks at number twenty seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Elton John in concert (1974)   

Elton John performing at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, October 1975.

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Terry O’Neill

On this day in music history: November 9, 1973 – “Piano Man”, the second album by Billy Joel is released. Produced by Michael Stewart, it is recorded at The Record Plant and Devonshire Studios in Los Angeles, CA in September 1973. Joel’s debut album for Columbia Records, it is his first release after experiencing legal problems with former manager Artie Ripp and his label Family Productions following the botched release of his debut album “Cold Spring Harbor”. Part of the legal settlement after separating from Ripp requires that Joel’s albums to carry the Family Productions logo until 1986, as well as pay Ripp a percentage of royalties from his record sales. The title track (#25 Pop, #4 AC) is inspired by the year and a half Joel spends working in a piano bar in Los Angeles. The song and album proves to be his breakthrough and also includes the classics “Captain Jack” and “The Ballad Of Billy The Kid”. The album is remastered and reissued in 1998 as an Enhanced CD with a live performance clip of the title track included as a bonus. In 2011, audiophile label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab remasters and reissues the album as a hybrid SACD and as a 180 gram vinyl LP. “Piano Man” peaks at number twenty seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.