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Piano Man (1973)

Billy Joel
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Rock music, Piano rock

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Piano Man is a rock album by Billy Joel, released in 1973. Piano Man, Joel's second album and his first with Columbia Records, emerged out of legal difficulties with his former label, Family Productions, and became his breakthrough album. However, the Family Productions print logo was still used until 1986.
The album was strongly influenced by Elton John's Tumbleweed Connection and has a western theme in much of the music and lyrics. This is most noticeable in songs like "The Ballad of Billy the Kid", "Worse Comes To Worst", "Stop in Nevada", and "Travelin' Prayer."
The single "Piano Man", a fictionalized retelling of Joel's days as a lounge singer in Los Angeles, peaked at #25 on Billboard's Pop Singles chart, and at #4 on the Adult Contemporary singles chart. "Travelin' Prayer" and "Worse Comes to Worst" peaked at #77 and #80, respectively, on the Pop Singles chart, while the album hit #27 on the Pop Albums chart. ("Travelin' Prayer" would later earn Dolly Parton a Grammy, when she covered it in 1999.)
Columbia Records released a 2-disc legacy version of Piano Man in November 2011. This edition includes a live 1972 radio broadcast of early songs that Joel recorded out of

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4:16 Travelin' Prayer
3:19 Ain't No Crime
5:45 The Ballad of Billy the Kid
3:15 Worse Comes to Worst
3:55 Stop in Nevada
3:34 If I Only Had the Words (to Tell You)
3:20 Somewhere Along the Line
7:17 Captain Jack
5:39 Piano Man
3:12 You're My Home
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