History Trivia / BillyJoel

25th Jul '17 11:06:55 PM Schroeder1174
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* CreatorRecovery: Billy Joel's very upbeat and poppy ''An Innocent Man'', a tribute to Joel's musical influences from TheSixties, followed the cynical, sociopolitically charged ''The Nylon Curtain''. While TNC was recorded during Billy's divorce from his first wife, AIM was a product of then-single Billy enjoying life as a bachelor and dating a number of supermodels, most notably his future second wife ChristieBrinkley.

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* CreatorRecovery: Billy Joel's very upbeat and poppy ''An Innocent Man'', a tribute to Joel's musical influences from TheSixties, followed the cynical, sociopolitically charged ''The Nylon Curtain''. While TNC ''The Nylon Curtain'' was recorded during Billy's divorce from his first wife, AIM ''An Innocent Man'' was a product of then-single Billy enjoying life as a bachelor and dating a number of supermodels, most notably his future second wife ChristieBrinkley.


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** "Vienna" from ''The Stranger'' bears no relation to the Music/{{Ultravox}} hit.
25th Jul '17 11:01:03 PM Schroeder1174
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** "Big Shot" sings about attending hot spots like Elaine's (it closed in 2011) and wearing Halston original dresses (Haltson died in 1990).

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** "Big Shot" sings about attending hot spots like Elaine's (it closed in 2011) and wearing Halston original dresses (Haltson (Halston died in 1990).
12th Jul '17 11:20:57 AM Ezclee4050
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** He's also admitted that he's not all that fond of "Tell Her About It", saying that it was an attempt to do a song InTheStyleOf Music/TheSupremes, but the finished product didn't really work the way he'd wanted it to.
25th Jun '17 11:02:08 AM nombretomado
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* GreatestHits: Several since 1985, especially after his "retirement" from releasing pop music in 1994. 1985's double-length "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2" sold 23x multi-platinum according to the RIAA, as of 2011, at least [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greatest_Hits_(Billy_Joel_albums)#cite_note-1 according to]] TheOtherWiki.

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* GreatestHits: Several since 1985, especially after his "retirement" from releasing pop music in 1994. 1985's double-length "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2" sold 23x multi-platinum according to the RIAA, as of 2011, at least [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greatest_Hits_(Billy_Joel_albums)#cite_note-1 according to]] TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki.
10th May '17 5:22:53 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** "We Didn't Start the Fire" mentions Tiananmen Square but not the collapse of the UsefulNotes/BerlinWall, placing it squarely at a specific point in 1989.
10th May '17 5:21:38 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** "Big Shot" sings about attending hot spots like Elaine's (it closed in 2011) and wearing Halston original dresses (Haltson died in 1990).
** "Sleeping With The Television On" makes reference to the time when TV broadcasts ended and began at certain hours, as opposed to now, when most broadcasts run 24/7, making the line about waking up to the white noise irrelevant.
8th Nov '16 1:44:08 PM bt8257
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** He doesn't necessarily ''hate'' "We Didn't Start The Fire", but he does consider it a "novelty song" and technically not one of his best melodies. [[WordOfGod He's also claimed]] it's one of the more difficult songs for him to perform, as he feels if he makes one mistake singing the lyrics, "the whole thing falls apart". His hesistance to perform "Uptown Girl" has had, by WordOfGod, more to do with the fact that he considers the Frankie Valli-like vocal style and the key it's written in to be hard on his voice (he usually places the song near the end of his setlists when he ''does'' perform it, for similar reasons), and nothing to do with him "being mad at Christie"; they are great friends.

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** He doesn't necessarily ''hate'' "We Didn't Start The Fire", but he does consider it a "novelty song" and technically not one of his best melodies. [[WordOfGod He's also claimed]] it's one of the more difficult songs for him to perform, as he feels if he makes one mistake singing the lyrics, "the whole thing falls apart". His hesistance hesitance to perform "Uptown Girl" has had, by WordOfGod, more to do with the fact that he considers the Frankie Valli-like vocal style and the key it's written in to be hard on his voice (he usually places the song near the end of his setlists when he ''does'' perform it, for similar reasons), and nothing to do with him "being mad at Christie"; they are great friends.
8th Apr '16 11:36:27 AM hamza678
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* HeyItsThatGuy: {{Music/Chicago}}'s Peter Cetera and (then-)guitarist Donnie Dacus sing backup on "My Life."
6th Nov '15 11:32:56 AM smittykins
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* HeyItsThatGuy: {{Music/Chicago}}'s Peter Cetera and (then-)guitarist Donnie Dacus sing backup on "My Life."
22nd Aug '15 9:22:25 PM palmer7
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* BreakawayPopHit: "Why Should I Worry" from ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''.

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* BreakawayPopHit: "Why Should I Worry" from ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''. Bonus points because he didn't write it.
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