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Billy Joel

| March 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

“Right after The Stranger came out were playing in the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, Penn., opening for the Doobie Brothers. We played ‘Just the Way You Are,’ and the audience started cheering wildly. We looked at each other like, ‘What the hell was that all about?’, not realizing that it had gotten a good deal of airplay by that point and was on the way to becoming a hit record. So for us it was a dawning process—it wasn’t immediate, it was little by little. By the end of that year we were headlining in coliseums, which was a whole new ball of wax. I started to become recognized—and this was pre-video days, just from album covers. People would come up and say, ‘Wow, you’re a lot shorter than I thought you were.’ And I’d say, ‘Well, the album cover’s only this big’ (laughs).

From Performing Songwriter Issue 111, July/August 2008

Category: In Their Own Words

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