Billy Joel – Piano Man

Published on July 9, 2019

Billy Joel released Piano Man in 1973. The song was inspired by his real life stint as a Piano Man playing in the Executive Room located in Los Angeles. Billy spoke about his time in the Executive Room: “It was a gig I did for about six months just to pay rent. I was living in LA and trying to get out of a bad record contract I’d signed. I worked under an assumed name, the Piano Stylings of Bill Martin, and just bulls–ted my way through it. I have no idea why that song became so popular. It’s like a karaoke favorite. The melody is not very good and very repetitious, while the lyrics are like limericks. I was shocked and embarrassed when it became a hit. But my songs are like my kids and I look at that song and think: ‘My kid did pretty well.'”

That “Waitress Practicing Politics?” That was a real waitress named Elizabeth Weber. Billy married her in in 1973 and divorced her in 1982. Not a bad stint as far as celebrity relationships go.

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