Piano Man (Billy Joel album)

Piano Man is the second studio album by American recording artist Billy Joel, released on November 9, 1973 by Columbia Records. The album emerged from legal difficulties with Joel's former label Family Productions, and ultimately became his first breakthrough album.

Piano Man
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 1973[1]
RecordedSeptember 1973
StudioDevonshire Sound Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre
Length42:51
LabelFamily Productions/Columbia
ProducerMichael Stewart
Billy Joel chronology
Cold Spring Harbor
(1971)
Piano Man
(1973)
Streetlife Serenade
(1974)
Singles from Piano Man
  1. "Piano Man" / "You're My Home"
    Released: November 2, 1973
  2. "Worse Comes to Worst"
    Released: 1974
  3. "Travelin' Prayer"
    Released: 1974
  4. "The Ballad of Billy the Kid"
    Released: April 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Christgau's Record GuideC[3]
CreemD+[4]
Rolling Stonepositive[5]

The title track, a fictionalized retelling of Joel's experiences with people he met as a lounge singer in Los Angeles, peaked at No.25 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No.4 on the Adult Contemporary singles chart. "Travelin' Prayer" and "Worse Comes to Worst" peaked at No. 77 and 80 on the Hot 100, respectively, while the album itself peaked at No.27 on the US Billboard 200. The album was certified gold by the RIAA in 1975, but Joel received only $8000 in royalties (US$38,476 in 2020 dollars[6]). [7]


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