History Trivia / BillyJoel

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.
29th Jul '15 12:47:35 AM mlsmithca
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** A much more notable example through some weird mastering error, his debut, ''Cold Spring Harbor'', was accidentally sped up, and backing vocals and instruments were removed. An urban legend has it that upon hearing it, Joel ripped it off the turn table, ran out of the house and threw it into the street.
28th Jul '15 4:25:35 PM TheBigBopper
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* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: The ''Rolling Stone Album Guide'' write-up on ''Streetlife Serenade'' makes you wonder just how closely the author was listening to the album in question. "The Mexican Connection" is cited as an example of a "narrative vignette that strains too hard to be clever" the song in question is an instrumental which can in no way be considered a narrative vignette. It also cites the "rollicking, jazzy piano" on "Last of the Big Time Spenders"; there ''is'' a piano on that song, but the song is a slow ballad with nothing rollicking or jazzy about it. Perhaps the author was thinking of "Root Beer Rag"?
** A much more notable example through some weird mastering error, his debut, ''Cold Spring Harbor'', was accidentally sped up, and backing vocals and instruments were removed. An urban legend has it that upon hearing it, Joel ripped it off the turn table, ran out of the house and threw it into the street.
2nd Jul '15 8:06:08 PM Schroeder1174
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** Joel's "Getting Closer" is not a cover of the 1979 Music/{{Wings}} hit.
** A metalcore band from Atlanta named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attila_(metalcore_band) Attila]] bears no relation to Joel's duo.
8th May '15 8:18:25 AM AnotherGuy
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* NamesTheSame: "Code of Silence" came out the same year as the Creator/ChuckNorris film. No relation.
16th Mar '15 7:25:28 AM Patachou
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* OldShame: Before launching his solo career, Joel was part of a hard rock duo called Attila. They released exactly one album, which was critically savaged and which Joel to this day is thoroughly embarrassed by.

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* OldShame: Before launching his solo career, Joel was part of a hard rock duo called Attila. They released exactly one album, ''Music/{{Attila}}'' which was critically savaged and which Joel to this day is thoroughly embarrassed by.



** Unsuccessful attempts to record ''Turnstiles'' would have seen Billy produced by Beatles producer George Martin, while at another point [[EltonJohn Elton John's]] classic band (Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson) would have been his studio backing band as his label [[ExecutiveMeddling wanted Billy to have more of an Elton-like sound]]. Joel rebelled, moving from Los Angeles to New York City, producing the album himself and using his touring band.

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** Unsuccessful attempts to record ''Turnstiles'' would have seen Billy produced by Beatles producer George Martin, Music/GeorgeMartin, while at another point [[EltonJohn Elton John's]] classic band (Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson) would have been his studio backing band as his label [[ExecutiveMeddling wanted Billy to have more of an Elton-like sound]]. Joel rebelled, moving from Los Angeles to New York City, producing the album himself and using his touring band.
8th Dec '14 7:06:11 PM bt8257
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* BreakawayPopHit: "Why Should I Worry" from ''OliverAndCompany''.

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* BreakawayPopHit: "Why Should I Worry" from ''OliverAndCompany''.''Disney/OliverAndCompany''.
8th Dec '14 7:05:42 PM bt8257
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* CreatorBacklash: Joel got sick of "Piano Man" for a time and refused to sing it in concert. He got over it, though the audience [[AudienceParticipationSong tends to save him the trouble of singing it]] when he plays it nowadays. And reportedly, he's not any too fond of "Just the Way You Are," either, because it's a love song to someone he ended up divorcing. Joel also retired "Uptown Girl" (another love song to an ex-wife) from his stage show for a long time, but he eventually reintroduced it.

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* CreatorBacklash: Joel got sick of "Piano Man" for a time and refused to sing it in concert. He got over it, though the audience [[AudienceParticipationSong tends to save him the trouble of singing it]] when he plays it nowadays. And reportedly, he's not any too fond of "Just the Way You Are," Are", either, because it's a love song to someone he ended up divorcing. Joel also retired "Uptown Girl" (another love song to an ex-wife) from his stage show for a long time, but he eventually reintroduced it.
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