Tag: Billy Joel

Tuesday 1/11/22 8pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1981 A to Z – Part 6

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1981 A2Z.

We complete letter F and start G. We feature music from: Cliff Richard, Odyssey, Whispers, Blackfoot, Imagination, Rita Coolidge, Saga, Alan Parsons Project, Rick James. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Billy Joel, Humble Pie, Duran Duran and many more. . .

4pm to 7pm ET

Tuesday 1/4/2022 8pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1981 (by title) A to Z – Part 1

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1981 A2Z.

We start a new series starting characters and numbers and get into letter A. We feature music from: Outlaws, Ronnie Milsap, Dr. Hook, Thelma Houston, Cliff Richard, Harry Chapin, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Knack, Billy Joel, Andy Gibb & Victoria Principal, Billy Ocean and more…..

8pm to 12am ET

Thursday 12/30/21 6pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1980 A to Z – Part 25

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1980 A2Z.

We complete our review of the RadioMaxMusic Library of 1980 music. This installment features music from Electric Light Orchestra, Pat Benatar, Dr. Hook, Billy Joel, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Tommy James, Eddy Raven, Lou Rawls, Diana Ross, Ambrosia, Bonnie Raitt and many more. We start our travel into the next segment 1981 next Tuesday.

6pm – 9:30pm ET

Tuesday 12/28/21 2pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1973 A to Z – Part 1

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1973 A2Z.

We start this feature with the numbers or characters and then move through letter B. Artists featured in the segment: Abba, BW Stevenson, Gunhill Road, Elton John, Art Garfunkel, Who, Billy Joel, Ronnie Milsap, Gram Parsons, Loggins & Messina, Cher and many others.

2pm to 6pm ET

Monday 11/22/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Billy Joel – Storm Front (1989)

Storm Front is the eleventh studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on October 17, 1989. It was Joel’s third album to reach No. 1 in the U.S. and features “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, a fast-paced song that cataloged a list of historical events, trends, and cultural icons from 1949 (when Joel was born) until 1989, which was Joel’s third Billboard No. 1 hit.

“I Go to Extremes”, a song describing the ups and downs of his emotional life, placed at No. 6. Other songs that placed in the top 100 were “And So It Goes” (No. 37), “The Downeaster ‘Alexa'” (No. 57), and “That’s Not Her Style” (No. 77). The album was also nominated for five Grammy Awards.[8] The album’s cover depicts the maritime storm warning flag indicating wind forces 10–12, the highest intensity on the Beaufort scale. Joel has stated in recent Sirius XM segments, that he was inspired by Peter Gabriel’s 1986 track “Slegdehammer”, as an inspiration for the “Driving Rhythm Section”, when he was writing the title track. https://www.onefinalserenade.com/storm-front.html

“That’s Not Her Style” – 5:10
“We Didn’t Start the Fire” – 4:50
The Downeaster ‘Alexa'” – 3:44
“I Go to Extremes” – 4:23
“Shameless” – 4:26
“Storm Front” – 5:17
“Leningrad” – 4:06
“State of Grace” – 4:30
“When in Rome” – 4:44
And So It Goes” – 3:38

Billy Joel – vocals, acoustic piano (1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10), clavinet (2, 3, 6), percussion (2), accordion (3), Hammond organ (4, 6, 9), harpsichord (5), organ (8), synthesizers (10)
Jeff Jacobs – synthesizers (1–9), backing vocals (1), horn arrangements (6)
David Brown – lead guitar (1–9), MIDI guitar solo (6)
Joey Hunting – rhythm guitar (2)
Schuyler Deale – bass guitar (1–9)
Liberty DeVitto – drums (1–9), percussion (2)
Crystal Taliefero – backing vocals (1, 2, 5, 6, 9), percussion (2)

Don Brooks – harmonica (1)
Kevin Jones – keyboard programming (2)
John Mahoney – keyboards (2), keyboard programming (7)
Doug Kleeger – sounds effects (2), arrangements (2)
Sammy Merendino – electronic percussion (2)
Dominic Cortese – accordion (3, 7)
Itzhak Perlman – violin (3)
Lenny Pickett – saxophone (6, 9)
The Memphis Horns (6):
Andrew Love – saxophone
Wayne Jackson – trombone, trumpet
Arif Mardin – orchestral arrangement (7)

Frank Floyd – backing vocals (1, 5, 6)
Mick Jones – backing vocals (1, 4, 8), guitar (6), guitar solo (8)
Patricia Darcy Jones – backing vocals (1, 5, 6, 9)
Richard Marx – backing vocals (1, 6)
Brian Ruggles – backing vocals (1)
Ian Lloyd – backing vocals (4, 8)
Joe Lynn Turner – backing vocals (4, 8)
Chuck Arnold – backing vocals (7), choral leader (7)
Hicksville High School Chorus – backing vocals (7)
Bill Zampino – choral arrangement (7)
Brenda White King – backing vocals (9)
Curtis King – backing vocals (9)

Saturday 11/13/21 2pm ET: Feature LP: Billy Joel – Innocent Man (1983)

An Innocent Man is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on August 8, 1983. The concept album is a tribute to the American popular music of Joel’s adolescent years with Joel paying homage to a number of different and popular American musical styles from the late 1950s and early 1960s, most notably doo-wop and soul music. The album cover artwork was taken on the front steps of 142 Mercer Street, just north of the intersection of Mercer and Prince Street in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.

  1. “Easy Money” (Homage to James Brown and Wilson Pickett]) 4:04
  2. “An Innocent Man” (Homage to Ben E. King and The Drifters) 5:17
  3. “The Longest Time” (Homage to doo-wop groups like Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) 3:42
  4. “This Night” (Homage to Little Anthony and the Imperials; chorus tune is Ludwig van Beethoven’s Pathetique sonata) 4:17
  5. “Tell Her About It” (Homage to Motown groups like The Supremes and The Temptations) 3:52
  6. “Uptown Girl” (Homage to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons[9]) 3:17
  7. “Careless Talk” (Homage to Sam Cooke) 3:48
  8. “Christie Lee” (Homage to Little Richard or Jerry Lee Lewis) 3:31
  9. “Leave a Tender Moment Alone” (Homage to Smokey Robinson) 3:56
  10. “Keeping the Faith” (Homage to Betty Wright’s “Clean Up Woman”. Lyrical homage to Pre-British Invasion Rock n Roll) 4:41

Billy Joel – Baldwin SF-10 acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes electric piano, Hammond B3 organ, lead and background vocals
Liberty DeVitto – drums

Doug Stegmeyer – bass guitar
David Brown – lead electric and acoustic guitars
Russell Javors – rhythm electric and acoustic guitars
Mark Rivera – alto saxophone on “Keeping the Faith”, “This Night” and “Christie Lee”; tenor saxophone, percussion, backing vocals
Ralph MacDonald – percussion on “Leave a Tender Moment Alone” and “Careless Talk”
Leon Pendarvis – Hammond B3 organ on “Easy Money”
Richard Tee – acoustic piano on “Tell Her About It”
Eric Gale – electric guitar on “Easy Money”
Toots Thielemans – harmonica on “Leave a Tender Moment Alone”
“String Fever” – strings
Ronnie Cuber – baritone saxophone on “Easy Money”, “Careless Talk”, “Tell Her About It” and “Keeping the Faith”
Jon Faddis – trumpet on “Easy Money”
David Sanborn – alto saxophone on “Easy Money”
Joe Shepley – trumpet on “Easy Money”, “Careless Talk”, “Tell Her About It” and “Keeping the Faith”
Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone on “Careless Talk”, “Tell Her About It” and “Keeping the Faith”
John Gatchell – trumpet on “Careless Talk”, “Tell Her About It” and “Keeping the Faith”
Tom Bahler – background vocals
Rory Dodd – background vocals
Frank Floyd – background vocals
Lani Groves – background vocals
Ullanda McCullough – background vocals
Ron Taylor – background vocals
Terry Textor – background vocals
Eric Troyer – background vocals
Mike Alexander – background vocals

Wednesday 11/10/21 6pm ET: Feature LP: Billy Joel – 52nd Street (1978)

52nd Street is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on October 11, 1978. The follow-up to his breakthrough success album, The Stranger, Joel tried to give the album a fresh sound, hiring various jazz musicians to differentiate it from his previous albums.

It was the first of four Joel albums to top the Billboard charts, and it earned him two Grammys. Three songs reached the Top 40 in the United States, contributing to the album’s success: “My Life” (number 3), “Big Shot” (number 14), and “Honesty” (number 24). It was similarly well received by critics, earning the 1980 Grammy for Album of the Year. This Grammy was presented to its producer, Phil Ramone. Upon Ramone’s death, 52nd Street’s Album of the Year Grammy was passed on to Joel. Additionally, the album is notable for being among the first albums commercially released on the compact disc format, reaching store shelves on October 1, 1982 in Japan (it was one of fifty CDs released that day, including The Stranger, but bore the first catalogue number in the sequence, 35DP-1, and so is frequently cited as the first to be released). In keeping with this history, it was also the first release when Sony returned to manufacturing vinyl records in 2018.

The title is a reference to 52nd Street, one of New York City’s jazz centers in the middle of the century. Joel’s label was headquartered on 52nd Street (in the CBS Building) at the time of the album’s release. The studio where recording took place was also on 52nd Street, one block away from the CBS Building.

“Big Shot” – 4:03
“Honesty” – 3:52
“My Life” – 4:44
“Zanzibar” – 5:13
“Stiletto” – 4:42
“Rosalinda’s Eyes” – 4:41
“Half a Mile Away” – 4:08
“Until the Night” – 6:35
“52nd Street” – 2:27

Billy Joel – acoustic piano, Yamaha CP-70 electric grand piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, vocals
Richie Cannata – organ, saxophones, clarinet
Steve Khan – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals

David Spinozza – acoustic guitar (2)
David Brown – electric guitar (3)
Russell Javors – acoustic guitar (3)
Hugh McCracken – nylon string guitar (6, 8)
Eric Gale – electric guitar (7)
Doug Stegmeyer – bass, backing vocals
Liberty DeVitto – drums
Mike Mainieri – vibraphone and marimba (4, 6)
Ralph MacDonald – percussion (6, 7)
David Freidman – orchestral chimes and percussion (8)
Freddie Hubbard – flugelhorn and trumpet (4)
George Marge – sopranino recorder (6)
Robert Freedman – horn and string orchestration (2, 8)
Dave Grusin – horn orchestration (7)
David Nadien – concertmaster (2, 7, 8)
Peter Cetera – backing vocals (3)
Donnie Dacus – backing vocals (3)
Frank Floyd – backing vocals (7)
Babi Floyd – backing vocals (7)
Milt Grayson – backing vocals (7)
Zack Sanders – backing vocals (7)
Ray Simpson – backing vocals (7)

Tuesday 9/14/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Billy Joel – The Stranger (1977)

The Stranger is the fifth studio album by American singer Billy Joel, released in September 1977 by Columbia Records. It was the first of Joel’s albums to be produced by Phil Ramone, with whom he would go on to work for all of his albums up until his 1986 album The Bridge.

The Stranger was released a year following Joel’s previous studio effort, Turnstiles, which had sold modestly and peaked low on the US charts, prompting Columbia to consider dropping Joel if his next release did not sell well. Joel wanted the album to feature his newly-formed touring band that had formed during the production of Turnstiles, which consisted of drummer Liberty DeVitto, bassist Doug Stegmeyer, and multi-instrumentalist saxophonist/organist Richie Cannata. Seeking out a new producer, he first turned to veteran Beatles producer George Martin before coming across and settling on Ramone, whose name he had seen on albums by other artists such as Paul Simon. Recording took place across the span of three weeks, with DeVitto, Stegmeyer and Cannata being featured in addition to other studio musicians filling in as guitarists on various songs.

Spending six weeks at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200, The Stranger is considered Joel’s critical and commercial breakthrough. Four singles were released in the US, all of which became top-40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, including “Just the Way You Are” (#3), “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”, “She’s Always a Woman” (both #17), and “Only the Good Die Young” (#24). Other songs, such as “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” and “Vienna”, have become staples of his career and are frequently performed in his live shows. The album won two awards at the 1978 Grammy Awards, winning Record of the Year as well as Song of the Year for “Just the Way You Are”. It remains his best-selling non-compilation album to date, and surpassed Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge over Troubled Water to become Columbia’s best-selling album release, with more than 10 million units sold worldwide. Rolling Stone later named it one of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

1. “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” 3:30
2. “The Stranger” 5:10
3. “Just the Way You Are” 4:52
4. “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” 7:37
5. “Vienna” 3:34
6. “Only the Good Die Young” 3:55
7. “She’s Always a Woman” 3:21
8. “Get It Right the First Time” 3:57
9. “Everybody Has a Dream” 6:38

Billy Joel – vocals, acoustic piano, keyboards, synthesizers, Fender Rhodes
Richie Cannata – organ, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, flute, tuba
Dominic Cortese – accordion (4, 5)
Richard Tee – organ (9)
Hiram Bullock – electric guitar
Steve Khan – six and twelve string electric guitars, acoustic rhythm guitar, high string guitar
Hugh McCracken – acoustic guitar (3, 4, 7, 8, 9)
Steve Burgh – acoustic guitar (3, 7), electric guitar (4)
Doug Stegmeyer – bass guitar
Liberty DeVitto – drums
Ralph MacDonald – percussion (2, 3, 8, 9)
Phil Woods – alto saxophone (3)
Patrick Williams – orchestration
Patti Austin – backing vocals (9)
Lani Groves – backing vocals (9)
Gwen Guthrie – backing vocals (9)
Phoebe Snow – backing vocals (9)

Monday 6/21/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 70’s (Actual start 1:30)

The best music from 1970 – 1979 featuring tunes from: Billy Paul, Bonnie Pointer, Outlaws, Paper Lace, Diana Ross, Andy Gibb, Don McLean, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and more . . .

Monday 6/14/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 70’s

The best music from 1970 – 1979 featuring tunes from: Raspberries, Elton John, Cheap Trick, Dave Mason, Van Halen, Billy Joel, Jackson 5, Jefferson Airplane, Kinks, Joe Hinton and more . . .

Tuesday 6/8/21 3pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

Featuring tunes from Duran Duran, Animotion, Pointer Sisters, Ratt, Bob Seger, Billy Joel, and more and more . . .

Tuesday 4/27/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Billy Joel Top 30 Hits

William Martin “Billy” Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man,” in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. His compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 is the third best-selling album in the United States by discs shipped.

Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the United States, all of which he wrote himself. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards throughout his career. He has sold over 150 million records worldwide.

Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006). In 2001, Joel received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2013, Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation’s highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts. With the exception of the 2007 songs “All My Life” and “Christmas in Fallujah,” Joel stopped writing and releasing pop/rock material after 1993’s River of Dreams. However, he continues to tour, and he plays songs from all eras of his solo career in his concerts.

1The River of Dreams
2Uptown Girl
3We Didn’t Start the Fire
4My Life
5Tell Her About It
6You’re Only Human (Second Wind)
7All About Soul
8I Go to Extremes
9Just the Way You Are
11An Innocent Man
12It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
13All Shook Up
14She’s Always a Woman
15The Longest Time
16A Matter of Trust
17You May Be Right
18Leave a Tender Moment Alone
19Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
20Modern Woman
23Piano Man 
24The Downeaster ‘Alexa’
25Don’t Ask Me Why
26And So It Goes
27This Is the Time
28Keeping the Faith
29Big Shot
30Sometimes a Fantasy