In a fantastically entertaining and revealing hour-long interview on WNYC's 'Here's the Thing,' a candid Billy Joel tells -- and more importantly, shows -- Alec Baldwin just how radically different some of his best-known songs could have sounded if not for the intervention of producer Phil Ramone.
Here we go with another performance by our favorite convulsing crooner, Phillip "Phillip Phillip Phillip etc." Phillips. The 'Idol' finalist got to choose one track he sang earlier in the season for this final 'Idol' performance episode, and he chose 'Movin' Out' by the "Piano Man" himself, Billy Joel.
Travel anywhere in the world, from sleazy casino to posh piano bar, and the guy behind the keys will inevitably turn to that Billy Joel chestnut, 'Piano Man.' But you've never heard 'Piano Man' played with quite so much passion as when a six-year-old autistic boy named Ethan pounds it out in a truly touching duet.
Somewhere right now, Billy Joel's 'Piano Man' is playing.
It's on a jukebox, and it's on in the produce section at your local grocery store. It's on your radio; it's in your head. It's a key component in the aural wallpaper that surrounds us every day, and it's on our Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list.
Billy Joel hasn't released a studio album of pop music for almost 20 years -- but if you love his older songs and don't already have one of the scores of greatest-hits compilations, you can do a little CD shopping next time you're waiting for a latte at Starbucks.
The coffee giant has created its own disc called 'Billy Joel: Opus Collection.'
If you're an American Idol addict like so many others, you surely saw the 'Top 10' perform a rendition of Billy Joel's 'The Longest Time' during the intro of tonight's (March 22) broadcast. 'Idol' judge Steven Tyler slammed various contestants last night after their Billy Joel attempts and this performance seems unlikely to change his mind.
It was performance night last night (March 21) on 'American Idol,' and the contestants sang tunes from the Billy Joel songbook. But since so many kids these days don't seem to even know who the Beatles are, how many will actually be familiar with him? We shall see.