Piano Man

“Piano Man” is a song written and performed by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel. His first single in North America was included on Joel’s 1973 album of the same name and later released as a single on November 2, 1973. The song is sung from Joel’s point of view as a piano player at a bar, reminiscing about his experiences there and the people he encountered. “Piano Man” is based on Joel’s real-life experiences as a lounge musician in Los Angeles from 1972 to 1973. Joel describes various characters, including a bartender named John and a “real estate novelist” named Paul, all based on real-life individuals.

Joel’s first major hit and his signature song, “Piano Man,” peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April 1974. Following Joel’s breakthrough as a popular musician with the release of The Stranger, it became one of his most well-known songs. It is now a highlight of Joel’s live shows, where he usually allows the audience to sing the chorus. In 2015, the Library of Congress selected “Piano Man” for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its “cultural, historical, or artistic significance.”

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