1973 Billy Joel – Piano Man

Piano Man is the second studio album by the American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on November 9, 1973. Joel’s first recording with Columbia Records, Piano Man emerged from legal difficulties with his former label, Family Productions, and became his breakthrough album. However, the Family Productions print logo was used until 1986.

The single “Piano Man”, a fictionalized retelling of Joel’s experiences with people Joel met as a lounge singer in Los Angeles, peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at #4 on the Adult Contemporary singles chart. “Travelin’ Prayer” and “Worse Comes to Worst” peaked at numbers 77 and 80 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively, while the album reached number 27 on the Billboard 200. (“Travelin’ Prayer” later earned Dolly Parton a Grammy Award nomination when she covered it for her 1999 album The Grass Is Blue.)


1  Travelin’ Prayer (Billy Joel) 4:16
Piano Man (Billy Joel) 5:38
3  Ain’t No Crime (Billy Joel) 3:19
4  You’re My Home (Billy Joel) 3:13
5  The Ballad Of Billy The Kid (Billy Joel) 5:42
6  Worse Comes To Worst (Billy Joel) 3:15
7  Stop In Nevada (Billy Joel) 3:55
8  If I Only Had The Words (To Tell You) (Billy Joel) 3:34
9  Somewhere Along The Line (Billy Joel) 3:20
10  Captain Jack (Billy Joel) 7:20


BassEmory Gordy
BassWilton Felder
DrumsRon Tutt
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarLarry Carlton
GuitarRichard Bennett
BanjoEric Weissberg
BanjoFred Heilbrun
KeyboardsBilly Joel
AccordionMichael Omartian
FiddleBilly Armstrong

Other Musicians

Vocals – Susan Steward & Co, The Creamers

Liner Notes

Producer – Michael Stewart
Arranged By – Michael Omartian
Design – Beverly Parker
Engineer [Par Excellence] – Ron Malo
Illustration – Bill Imhoff

Recorded At – Devonshire Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Inc.
Mastered At – Artisan Sound Recorders
Mastered At – Customatrix