After BILLY JOEL's departure from 'The Hassles' to start his solo career, he recorded his 'first' album, 'Cold Spring Harbor' in 1971. This album would be the 'first' of many albums BILLY JOEL would record in his career. You could say this album was the foundation, his 'first' attempt, at becoming the super-star he is today. But does anyone remember the 'original' band members that were instrumental in facilitating BILLY JOEL's career? You may remember BILLY JOEL's former band members from the mid 70's and early 80's, who were instrumental in BILLY JOEL selling 150 million albums, and later formed the band, 'The Lords of 52nd Street'. And the band members BILLY JOEL has with him today, have been with him for decades. Although the're all great musicans, none of them (excluding Mark Rivera) were instrumental in BILLY JOEL's early career. But they know the cords and the notes to his songs. But BILLY JOEL's 'original' band members who helped BILLY JOEL launch his solo career are all but forgotten. I only mention this because one of the 'original' band members reached out to me, BILLY JOEL's 'original' bass player, Larry Russell. Larry sent me the photo below, and a audio recording of BILLY JOEL's 'original' band playing, 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' at the Mar Y Sol festival in Puerto Rico in 1972. This photo and recording can be found on the internet. But getting them e-mailed to me from 'original' band member Larry Russell himself, to me, is beyond words.
1972 Photo taken by: Rhys Clark (Billy Joel's 'original' drummer) From left to right. Irwin Mazur's wife. Irwin Mazur, manager of 'The Hassles', and the executive producer of the 'Cold Spring Harbor' album. Annie, (Brian Ruggles girlfriend). Elizabeth Weber Small, (Billy Joel's girlfriend). Larry Russell, ('original' bass guitarist). Alan Hertzberg, back towards camera, ('original' lead guitarist). And Billy Joel.
'Original' BAND MEMBERS
Billy Joel, piano / Larry Russell, bass / Rhys Clark, drums / Alan Hertzberg, guitar.
February 8, 2021 Billy Joel news.
Nothing in life is guaranteed, but we're begining to see the light at the end of this concert drought tunnel. As vaccines become more available, and people get vaccinated, life should be returning to some kind of normalcy by autumn of 2021. And BILLY JOEL thinks the same, which brings us to 'live' concerts! I live on Long Island, New York, so Madison Square Garden is where I go. Besides, BILLY JOEL plays there once a month! His next scheduled concert @ MSG is on November 5, 2021. Read BILLY JOEL's hope in returning to 'live' shows once again in 2021, and watch the short video below!
A 'live' video clip of BILLY JOEL's 'Piano Man' @ MSG. Video: John Marchut. (Recorded on May 9, 2014)
January 10, 2021 Billy Joel news.
BILLY JOEL's wife, Alexis Roderick-Joel is a accomplished equestrian, and competes in > amateur hunter in Bridgehampton, Long Island. And she is also grooming their young daughter's to ride as well.
But in the winter, BILLY JOEL heads down to Florida, to his Florida mansion, to get away from New York's harsh winter weather. A year after marrying Alexis, BILLY JOEL purchased a 10 acre horse farm, with stables, in Wellington, Florida for 7.1 million dollars (shown below) for his wife, because of her love of horses and riding. And, to board the horses they now own.
But in the summertime, BILLY JOEL spends his time on Long Island, New York where he owns two more houses. One in Sag Harbor, Long Island, N.Y. the other, his primary residence, on Centre Island, New York (shown below). Last year, BILLY JOEL bought the adjoining property next to his Centre Island estate to expand his property to over 20 acres. And has since applied for a permit to build stables and board horses on this property, so they don't have to travel to the east end of Long Island, where their horses were board during the summer. Read full story > here.
December 22, 2020 Billy Joel news.
BILLY JOEL fan Mike Stutz, at BILLY JOEL 'locations'!
Mike Stutz on location. Basketball court next to 308 West 17th St., New York City. Intro location to 'My Life' video.
BILLY JOEL's debut album. Released November 1, 1971. Mike Stutz on location. Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, New York.
BILLY JOEL's 'Streetlife Serenade' album cover, painted from a corner intersection located at 651 South Centre Street in San Pedro, CA. (Art cover by Brain Hagiwara)
Mike DelGuidice of 'Big Shot' / BILLY JOEL band member. Mike Stutz Mike DelGuidice
Mike Stutz on location at 20 Meeting Lane, Hicksville, Long Island, New York. BILLY JOEL's childhood house!
BILLY JOEL'S 'Turnstiles' album, released on May 19, 1976.
BILLY JOEL's 'Turnstiles' album cover taken at Astor Place Subway Station, (8th St. and Forth Ave.) New York City. Mike Stutz on location.
BILLY JOEL's 'Glass Houses' album released on March 12, 1980. The 'Glass House'! BILLY JOEL lived here with first wife, Elizabeth Weber (Small) from the mid 1970's to the early 1980's. House located in Cove Neck, Long Island, New York. Mike Stutz on location.
BILLY JOEL's 'Innocent Man' released on August 8, 1983. Album cover photo taken at 142 Mercer St, New York City. Mike Stutz on location.
And before BILLY JOEL's solo career, and Attila...
...there were 'The Hassles' (1964 - 1969) on the United Artists Record Label.
Mike Stutz on location. Photos taken in Central Park, New York City by the Bow Bridge, 74th St.
'Original' album photo (benches and sidewalk edited from photo) Left to right: Richard McKenna, Howie Blauvelt, Jon Small, John Dizek, Billy Joel.
December 8, 2020 Billy Joel news.
Photos of BILLY JOEL, as the years go 'bye'.
December 2, 2020 Billy Joel news.
♫ The magic of BILLY JOEL music ♫
November 24, 2020 Billy Joel news.
BILLY JOEL - Happy Thanksgiving!
Photo: John Marchut 11/15/19 - MSG
November 21, 2020 Billy Joel news.
Today, after I got my chores done, I took a ride to BILLY JOEL's motorcycle showroom in Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y. I live 10 minutes away, so I go there all the time hoping to run into BILLY JOEL. The showroom is only open to the public on weekends. So the photo shown is probably someone you'll never meet. Let me explain. The showroom is chaperoned on weekends. But today, Saturday 11/21/20, she was unavailable to work. So BILLY JOEL's personal motorcycle mechanic 'Alex' was there watching shop. He's usually only there Monday-Friday when the shop is closed to the public so he can repair, modify, refurbish and upkeep BILLY JOEL's collection of motorcycles. Walking into the showroom, I noticed the place was empty and nobody else walked in, so I was able to talk to 'Alex' for about 15-20 minutes, until he got an important phone call. And that's when I made my exit, waving good-bye. But here's an exclusive selfie of me and 'Alex', BILLY JOEL's personal motorcycle mechanic, that most people will never get a chane to meet. (Alex on left, me on right)
Photo: John Marchut
November 18, 2020 Billy Joel news.
Below is one of my old ticket stubs from a BILLY JOEL concert, from 41 YEARS AGO! Look at the price, $12.50! Nowadays, one beer at the concert cost that much! lol
Singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson, who was raised in Merrick, Long Island, N.Y. recieved a 'Happy Birthday' phone call last week from fellow Long Islander, BILLY JOEL! Debbie Gibson who turned 50 on August 31, 2020, has shared the stage with BILLY JOEL and they have remained friends throughout the years! Watch 'video' of phone call from BILLY JOEL to Debbie Gibson, on her recent 50th Birthday!
September 4, 2020 Billy Joel news.
It's 'OFFICAL', New York's Madison Square Garden is 'CLOSED' due to the pandemic! That means BILLY JOEL's four remaining concerts this year at Madison Square Garden, that were to be held on September 26, 2020, October 11, 2020, November 13, 2020, December 20, 2020, AND the first two BILLY JOEL MSG concerts of 2021, on January 13, 2021 and Febuary 3, 2021, have all been rescheduled! BILLY JOEL will not be back to play at MSG in New York until November 5, 2021! That's 15 month's from now! BILLY JOEL's next concert anywhere, will be on April 17, 2021 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N. Carolina. For information > Billy Joel Tour Datesor billyjoel.com / News.
September 2, 2020 Billy Joel news.
If you live in Nassau County, N.Y., in the township of Oyster Bay, Long Island, there's a 'FREE', 'Last Summer Blast' concert featuring 'The Lords of 52nd Street'! (BILLY JOEL's former band members) This 'FREE' concert is to start at 7:00 PM on September 12, 2020 @ Tobay Beach. (Town of Oyster Bay residents ONLY!) A must see 'JOEL' show!