History Music / BillyJoel

26th Jan '18 2:49:02 PM ErikModi
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** He gets a ''lot'' of mileage out of milder curses in his lyrics, precisely because they're so rare. A prime example is in "Big Shot":
-->And when you wake up in the morning with your head on fire\\
And your eyes too bloody to see\\
Go on and cry in your coffee but don't come bitching to me.
26th Jan '18 2:38:58 PM ErikModi
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** He also once ''flipped a piano'' (albeit a small, lightweight one), see BerserkButton for the full story.
26th Jan '18 7:19:17 AM ErikModi
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26th Jan '18 7:18:44 AM ErikModi
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26th Jan '18 7:17:52 AM ErikModi
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-->'''Billy''': Valuable advertising time going by. . . \\
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'''Billy''': Valuable advertising time going by. . . \\
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26th Jan '18 7:17:31 AM ErikModi
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* DeadAir: Billy Joel invoked a live-performance version of this trope during the 1994 Grammy Award Show. The director of the show cut short Frank Sinatra's acceptance speech for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, and this pissed Joel off to the point that he stopped his performance of "The River of Dreams" in the middle. He sat there, grinning at the audience, while pretending to check his watch, and quipped, "Valuable advertising time is passing by." After wasting around 30 seconds, he resumed playing the song.

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* DeadAir: Billy Joel invoked a live-performance version of this trope during the 1994 Grammy Award Show. The director of the show cut short Frank Sinatra's acceptance speech for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, and this pissed Joel off to the point that he [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTcLvp_aEu4 stopped his performance of "The River of Dreams" in the middle. middle.]] He sat there, grinning at the audience, while pretending to check his watch, and quipped, "Valuable advertising time is passing going by." After wasting around 30 seconds, he resumed playing the song.song.
'''Billy''': Valuable advertising time going by. . . \\
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'''Billy''': Valuable advertising time going by. . . \\
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'''Billy''': Dollars, dollars, dollars. . . \\
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'''Billy''': ''shit-eating grin at the audience''\\
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'''Billy''': In the middle of the night. . .
8th Jan '18 4:31:04 AM VicGeorge2011
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* RapidFireNo: In "Big Shot":
-->No, no, no, no, no, no, you have to be a big shot, didn't you?
7th Jan '18 10:34:28 AM dlchen145
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'''William Martin "Billy" Joel''' (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, and classical composer. He is the third-best-selling solo artist in the United States, with 33 Top 40 hits and six Grammy Awards to his name. As his 1973 breakout hit "Piano Man" implies, he is a quite skilled piano player, and many of his most famous songs have strong keyboard elements.

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'''William William Martin "Billy" Joel''' Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, and classical composer. He is the third-best-selling solo artist in the United States, with 33 Top 40 hits and six Grammy Awards to his name. As his 1973 breakout hit "Piano Man" implies, he is a quite skilled piano player, and many of his most famous songs have strong keyboard elements.
30th Nov '17 7:26:22 PM Rissis
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** {{Lampshaded}} in "The Entertainer" when he complains "It was a beautiful song / But it ran too long / So they cut it down to 3:05".

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** {{Lampshaded}} in "The Entertainer" when he complains "It was a beautiful song / But it ran too long / If you'e gonna have a hit / You gotta make it fit / So they cut it down to 3:05".
29th Nov '17 8:22:39 PM gjjones
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* {{Fingore}}: When Joel crashed his motorcycle in 1982, his left thumb was crushed and his right wrist was almost pulled out of his socket. Since then, Joel has no bone in his left thumb.
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