May 9, 1949 Happy Birthday Billy Joel!
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!