Billy Joel Was ‘Embarrassed’ After ‘Piano Man’ Became a Hit

Billy Joel is a singer and songwriter who emerged onto the music scene in the early 1970s and built a solid career on chart-topping piano hits that told of his life, experiences, and love for New York. He has had a string of popular hits throughout his career, including “Uptown Girl,” “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” “Just the Way You Are,” and more.  

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One of his earliest hits was the song “Piano Man,” about a piano player in a bar talking about all the regular patrons. It has since become synonymous with Joel and his career, but Joel wasn’t as happy with the song as fans would think, considering he used it to close many of his concerts over the years and how popular it is for singalongs and karaoke bars.  

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