Six O’Clock Triple Shot – 10/8/14 Billy Joel Releases ‘The Stranger’
(The Six O'Clock Triple Shot is a daily feature of three songs that share a common theme, heard weeknights on 94.9 WMMQ)
We look back at another day in Rock 'n' Roll History today. 37 years ago, Billy Joel released the follow up to his Turnstiles LP, titled The Stranger. Joel had already made his mark as a talented song writer, but was looking to take his vinyl work to another level. He tapped renowned producer Phil Ramone (Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years, Paul McCartney's RAM, Rolling Stones' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out) for The Stranger sessions. Not only did Joel's vocal and keyboard performances sound more refined, Ramone was able to bring Doug Stegmeyer's bass work, and Libery DeVitto's drum kit to the forefront like never before. The first single from the LP proved to be the most successful..."Just The Way You Are" was named both Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. Other ballads performed well, namely "She's Always A Woman" and "Vienna", but there were some damn good rockers on The Stranger as well. The album came in number 70 in Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 Albums of all Time.
Tonight, we're doing three of the rockers from The Stranger. Tune in for "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)", "The Stranger", and the slightly controversial "Only The Good Die Young". It's tonight's Six O'Clock Triple Shot, only on 94.9 WMMQ!