Four Fun Facts About ‘Piano Man’ Billy Joel

March 24, 2015 3:10 pm

With his incredible piano playing and sophisticated songwriting that blends Broadway-style songs with classic rock and roll, Billy Joel is one of the most successful singer-songwriters in music history. Here are just a few of the most interesting facts about the "Piano Man."

  1. Billy Joel played in cover bands growing up on Long Island before joining the local group the Hassles. The band released two unsuccessful albums on the label United Artists. Later, he experimented with a hard rock sound in the duo Attila, which was also a flop.
  2. When he encountered both legal and managerial problems after the release of his first solo album, Cold Spring Harbor, Joel was forced to perform under a fake name. For six months he toured piano bars up and down the West Coast under the name “Bill Martin."
  3. Joel’s luck turned around when he used his misfortunes as inspiration for the hit “Piano Man." He described his real life experiences working in piano bars, and the song entered the top 30 on the Billboard charts.
  4. After a slew of hits throughout the 1980s, Joel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 by his idol, Ray Charles. That same year, his worldwide album sales also grew to over $100 million.

Billy Joel Biography [Rolling Stone]
Billy Joel Biography [The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame]
Billy Joel [Biography]

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Walk the Plank Toward Great Pies at Pizza Pirate

March 17, 2015 3:54 pm

For tasty pizza in Benicia, bring your crew to Pizza Pirate. For over forty years, this has been a spot to bring the family for dinner. The dining area has cool pirate decor all around, and also has a nice fireplace, comfortable tables, and booths.

The menu isn’t very big, but the large pizzas measure 314 square inches, by far the largest pizza around. The specialty pies are loaded with fresh ingredients. (The “Walk the Plank” pizza with grilled chicken and creamy garlic sauce is a popular choice.) The big salad bar is also a big hit with diners.

Open Sundays through Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays until 10 p.m., Pizza Pirate is very kid-friendly, with an arcade and rest rooms with changing tables and diapers. It also offers take-out and delivery service to your home.

Pizza Pirate
72 Solano Square
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 745-1667

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2015 10:53 am

May the luck of the Irish be with you! How will you be celebrating today?

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