1987 Billy Joel and Ray Charles – Baby Grand (US:#75)

“Baby Grand” is the fourth and final single released off Billy Joel‘s album The Bridge. A duet with Billy Joel and Ray Charles, the song is a ballad dedicated to the baby grand piano, and the relationship it can share with its players. The two originally got together when Charles contacted Joel about the naming of his daughter, Alexa Ray, after Charles. Charles then suggested they create a song together.

Joel originally sang the song in his thick New York accent, but decided to do a Charles impression instead when he noticed Charles was trying to imitate his style. The song was positively received by critics. The single peaked at #75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and at #3 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. The music video features Joel and Charles recording the vocal tracks together.

Album

Video

Musicians

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsVinnie Colaiuta
GuitarDean Parks
PianoRay Charles
VocalsRay Charles
VocalsBilly Joel

Produced By

Phil Ramone

Charts

US:#75
UK:# –