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Billy Joel on Dating Models and Snubbing Beatles' Producer -- Exclusive Videos and 'Complete Albums Collection' Giveaway
- Posted on Nov 9th 2011 11:00AM by Dan Reilly
In honor of these career retrospective, Spinner has two exclusive videos of Joel discussing two other LPs from his discography, 1977's 'The Stranger' and 1983's 'An Innocent Man.' Check out both clips below, plus enter to win a copy of the 15-disc box set.
Speaking of the making of 'The Stranger,' Joel reveals who he had in mind to produce the album before he worked with the legendary Phil Ramone. (He also mentions the real-life setting for 'Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,' which recently went out of business.)
"When it was time to record 'The Stranger,' it was 1977 and i had written a bunch of material, I had a good solid band at the time," Joel says. "I actually met with the producer of the Beatles, George Martin, and had asked him if he was interested in producing me. But he didn't want to use my band and I said, 'I have to use my band.' So I didn't use the Beatles' producer."
As for the making of 'An Innocent Man,' Joel talks about why the lead-up to the album was such a great time in his life. "I had gotten divorced and I started dating these different women," he says. "I was going out with models and I was a rock star. A single guy who was a rock star. I was amazed at my good fortune. I started dating Christie Brinkley at the time too, and started writing songs about these experiences. I kind of felt like a teenager all over again."
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