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A Look Back On West 52nd Street

A Look Back On West 52nd Street

We came across Bob Egan’s online study of Billy’s album cover, 52nd Street, and his efforts to find the actual photo location. Bob’s historical analysis takes us back to the summer of '78 when the photograph was taken, outside the service entrance at street level, downstairs from A&R Recording Studios. Good work Bob.

A&R was once located at 799 7th Avenue, at 52nd Street, New York City, when Billy recorded his fifth album for Columbia Records in July and August of 1978.

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Songs Every Long Islander Should Know

Songs Every Long Islander Should Know

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur

Billy Joel tops Long Island Newsday’s list of “Songs Every Long Islander Should Know” with “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” voted #1, and five other Joel songs making Newsday’s top 100 list, more than any other artist. Billy spoke with Newsday writer Glenn Gamboa and discussed the story behind each of the six songs, which Newsday readers voted for every week beginning in June. Glenn wrote, “These are the 100 songs every Long Islander should know — songs by people from here, about here, and written and recorded here, that also have changed the world of music. And by here, we go along with the Long Island Hall Of Fame’s definition of Long Island: Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.”

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Welcome Rosie

Welcome Rosie
Billy and girlfriend Alexis Roderick adopt Rosie, a 4 year-old Pug, from the North Shore Animal League America. Rosie was rescued from a puppy mill, where she lived life in a small wire cage with no human companionship, toys, or comfort. That's all behind her now as she joins a loving home and the company of Sabrina, Billy's beloved 8 year-old Pug. Read More

Alec Baldwin Interviews Billy Joel on WNYC's New Show 'Here's The Thing'

Alec Baldwin Interviews Billy Joel on WNYC's New Show 'Here's The Thing'

This week on Here’s The Thing – Alec sits down with fellow Long Islander Billy Joel – at the piano – for a conversation about life and the musical choices he’s made. Listen Here

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Billy Joel Back in the USSR 1987

Billy Joel Back in the USSR 1987

25 years ago today, the whole world looked on as Billy Joel took his family, his music and his concert show to the former Soviet Union in late July and early August 1987. Billy summarized his feelings soon after completing the Bridge Tour and returning to his home in the States, 'You're not quite the same once you've been there.''

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Introducing The New 20thCenturyCycles.com!

Billy has launched a new website for 20th Century Cycles, centered around his motorcycle shop in Oyster Bay, NY!

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The Longest Time (Coral Triangle Edition)

This educational YouTube video, creating awareness for the “The Coral Triangle,” by the Barber Lab Quartet, caught Billy’s eye online as “adorable.” It is a delightful variation on his original video for “The Longest Time” which was set in the fictitious aftermath of a high school reunion, circa “Class of 59,” with flashbacks to the characters spiritual reunion, and the doo-wop innocence of their haunted school halls.

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Mark Rivera Album 'Common Bond' In Stores This November - Guest Appearances From Ringo Starr, Billy Joel

Mark Rivera, sideman to the stars--Billy Joel and Ringo Starr--releases his debut album Common Bond.

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Striped Bass War, 20 Years On

Striped Bass War, 20 Years On

In East Hampton 20 years ago, it was nearly impossible not to see and hear that a significant part of our local heritage was going by the board — not without a fight, and not without great pain.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Can You Explain A Comment You Made On Stage At Giants Stadium, Regarding The Press?

With this Q&A, we revisit a Master Class held at the Kelley Theatre at Fairfield University in 1996. Billy returned to the university having been given a Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1991. (Some students refer to Billy as “Dr. Joel.”) Billy was asked about a comment he made during a Face2Face concert at Giants Stadium at the end of July 1994. A local newspaper had made a preposterous charge that Billy and Elton's success was somehow in the way of young artists congregating at the New Music Seminar. Billy offers his rebuttal in the clip below.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - What Is The Story Behind The Song 'Through The Long Night?'

New Billy Joel Q&A - What Is The Story Behind The Song 'Through The Long Night?'

During a Q&A session at the Berklee College Of Music in 1992, Billy was asked about the meaning of his song "Through The Long Night" from his 1980 album "Glass Houses." His answer touches on the artwork of Picasso. You can watch this and other videos from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Being Known As The Piano Man, What Positive Or Negative Feelings Do You Have For That Song?

During a Master Class held at the Kelley Theatre on the Fairfield University campus in 1996, Billy was asked about the song that he is most identified with -- Piano Man -- and how he feels about the song years after its initial release in 1973. You can watch this in the video below and check out other videos from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series!

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