429. Billy Joel, 'Piano Man'
Producer: Michael Stewart
Released: Nov. '73, Columbia
14 weeks; No. 25
Joel grew up playing in rock bands, but a California hiatus as a lounge pianist (under the name Bill Martin) saw him pecking out standards for lost souls. "It was all right," he said. "I got free drinks and union scale, which was the first steady money I'd made in a long time."
Appears on: Piano Man (Columbia)