Billy Joel's "52nd Street" Album Released This Day In 1978

October 12, 1978 Billy Joel released his sixth album, "52nd Street." The follow up to his breakthrough album "The Stranger," it was a huge success winning two Grammys, including Album of the Year.

Billy describes the album as having a kind of funky, jazz vibe, that captures the hustle and grime of New York City in the seventies with songs about a Puerto Rican street punk (“Half a Mile Away”), a social climber (“Big Shot”), a sexual bitch (“Stiletto”), a barfly sports fan (“Zanzibar”) and a Cuban guitarist (“Rosalinda’s Eyes.”)

Even the cover is grimy, with Billy standing outside the dirty entrance to the studio he recorded the album in, A&R Studios on 52nd St. and 7th Avenue.

Which song is your favorite?

  1. Big Shot
  2. Honesty
  3. My Life
  4. Zanzibar
  5. Stiletto
  6. Rosalinda's Eyes
  7. Half A Mile Away
  8. Until The Night
  9. 52nd Street

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