Piano Man

May 9, 1949 Happy Birthday Billy Joel!

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Piano Man is my #1 most requested song.  I once got a hundred dollar tip for singing it.

It’s a perfect song.  I’ve sung in many a mic that smelled like beer and played many a piano that sounded like a carnival.

I met Billy Joel when my band the Stingers played Howard Stern’s wedding.  He came over to me when I was playing Ain’t Misbehavin and said,  “Nice changes,” which means “chords” in jazzspeak.   I and every other piano player will be playing this song forever.  It’s the pianist’s anthem.

Happy Birthday, Billy!


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