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Roots & Influences - The World of Billy Joel

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Ray Charles  Georgia On My Mind   buy on itunes
Paul McCartney  Maybe I'm Amazed   buy on itunes
John Lennon  Jealous Guy   buy on itunes
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons  Sherry   buy on itunes
Fats Domino  Ain't That a Shame? (Remastered)   buy on itunes
Alfred Brendel  Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight": I. Adagio sostenuto   buy on itunes
Bob Dylan  Subterranean Homesick Blues   buy on itunes
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers  Why Do Fools Fall In Love   buy on itunes
The Ronettes  Be My Baby   buy on itunes
The Rolling Stones  Let's Spend the Night Together   buy on itunes
Simon & Garfunkel  Bridge Over Troubled Water   buy on itunes
Leon Russell  The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen   buy on itunes
Carole King  So Far Away   buy on itunes
Randy Newman  Sail Away   buy on itunes
Elvis Presley  All Shook Up   buy on itunes
Sam Cooke  Wonderful World   buy on itunes
Otis Redding  Try a Little Tenderness   buy on itunes
Ben E. King  Stand By Me   buy on itunes
The Rascals  I've Been Lonely Too Long   buy on itunes
Dion & The Belmonts  The Wanderer   buy on itunes
Jerry Lee Lewis  Great Balls of Fire   buy on itunes
Frank Sinatra  Someone to Watch over Me   buy on itunes
Dave Brubeck  In Your Own Sweet Way   buy on itunes
Original Broadway Cast  Something's Coming   buy on itunes


Sure, Billy Joel's physical roots are planted firmly in New York City . . . but his musical roots? They stretch out in every imaginable direction through space and time, from the British Invasion to the Jersey shore, from Sun Studios to the Frisco bay and beyond. While it's a long way from the Chattahoochee River to the banks of the Hudson, Brother Ray Charles mixes a big slice of the Big Apple into his peach-perfect reading of the soulful-est state anthem ever, "Georgia On My Mind." Frankie Valli fuses a sky-high falsetto to a stiletto-heel stomp in celebration of his own uptown girl in The Four Seasons' first #1 hit, "Sherry." And if ever a singer perfected the craft of pouring his art — and his heart — into the mic, it's Joel's longtime hero (and duet partner at Shea) Paul McCartney, loving up his lady Linda in "Maybe I'm Amazed." And whether it's the pumpin' piano of Jerry Lee Lewis or the Broadway brilliance of Gershwin (as interpreted by Frank Sinatra), we've got all the sounds and styles that shaped one of rock 'n' roll's most eclectic Hall of Famers.
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