by Robert Wilkinson
Yesterday was Billy’s birthday, and he’s our Dance Maestro tonight!
Billy Joel (May 9, 1949) is a consummate pianist, singer-songwriter, and performer. He broke big in 1973 with “Piano Man,” and never looked back! He’s had 33 Top 40 hits, 6 Grammys, and he’s one of the top selling artists of all time with over 150 million out there. He’s in every Hall of Fame he qualifies for, and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2013, “the nation's highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts.”
His tunes are legendary for their truly Bronx attitude, so it just seemed fitting to make Mister Piano Attitude our dance Master tonight! I already offered you “Only the Good die Young” in April 2013, so tonight we’ll go with another very danceable tune with attitude!
From 1978, Billy live in his prime performing our Saturday Night Attitude tune that went to #17 on the charts, ”Movin’Out (Anthony’s Song)”
Back to the beginning, with his first hit! Here’s a great live video clip from 1975 on the television show “The Old Grey Whistle Test” of “Piano Man”
From 30 years later at the Tokyo Dome, Billy in 2006 giving tens of thousands a current take on “Piano Man”
Here’s his second song to chart,"The Entertainer," which was a sarcastic response to how much radio stations cut “Piano Man” to fit their playlists. From the Old Grey Whistle Test television show in 1978, “New York State of Mind” and “The Entertainer”
From the same "Old Grey Whistle Test" performance, complete with big hair, Billy rockin' in a great offering of "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)" and "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
In a smokin’ 2001 performance at “the Concert for New York City,” “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” and “New York State of Mind”
Once he met Phil Ramone, the hits started happening!
Live in Wembley in 1984, Billy live giving us his beautiful #3 hit, “Just The Way You Are”
Because it was on the same album as this group of songs, I figured I’d give you the original studio version of our Saturday Night Attitude tune, “Movin’ Out”
Billy’s rockin’ out live in his prime with a huge one that went to #24, “Only the Good Die Young”
For another great offering of this song, here he is at 1985 Farm Aid face to face on dual pianos with Randy Newman! Kick it up!! "Only The Good Die Young."
From Bremen Germany in 1978, Billy with some pretty big hair giving us his #17 hit “She’s Always A Woman.”
Here’s the original music video of his #3 hit, “My Life”
Here’s a great music video for his #7 hit, “You May Be Right”
From Tokyo 2006, a great rocker that went to #1 on the charts, the very danceable ”It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me”
Here’s a great music video of “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me”
Live in Wembey in 1984, we have four great ones! First, Billy performing what was his next #1, “Tell Her About It.” We now move into a tune Billy wrote as a response to the 4 Seasons’ “Rag Doll” which went to #3 on the charts! Here’s Billy cranking out a great version of “Uptown Girl,” which we'll follow with "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant." We finish this quartet of iconic tunes from Wembley with Billy’s #14 hit “The Longest Time”
One of his all-time rockers! This is the original 1989 music video of his #1 hit, “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
This clip is one of my favorites! Check out this delivery of his #3 hit from 1993! Live in Frankfurt in 1994, Billy taking us to church with "The River of Dreams." This one makes my feet happy, and even a 19 month old wants to dance to it!
If you just can't get enough of the piano Master, here’s a full 2 hour show of Billy live in Japan! Billy Joel Live in Japan
A real early treat! Here’s 45 minutes of Billy live in 1978! Billy Joel in Bremen Germany
We'll bring it all home with Billy performing our Saturday Night Attitude tune live in Long Island in 1982, “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” (Glad I knew you, Sergeant O'Leary...)
Billy has plenty of “Saturday Night Attitude” for several dances! Keep dancing, since it’s good for the heart and it seems the good, both young and old, are checking out and leaving the building in accelerating numbers these days. Here's to All My Relations.
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson