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His first single in North America, it was included on Joel's album of the same name and later released as a single on November 2, The song is sung from Joel's point-of-view as a piano player at a bar, reminiscing about his experiences there and the people he encountered. Joel describes various characters, including a bartender named John and a "real-estate novelist" named Paul, all based on real-life individuals. Joel's first major hit and his signature song , "Piano Man" peaked at 25 on the Billboard Hot chart in April
Check out our breakdown of the movies and shows we're excited about this month, including " Lovecraft Country. See our picks list. A music video for the single was directed by Chris Blum. The singer acts as an unseen but omnipresent observer. During each chorus, Joel wearing sunglasses similar to Roy Orbison's John and Yoko are shown walking in the countryside, in bleak weather. They arrive in an empty house and while Yoko opens the windows, John sits at the piano, plays and sings. Filmed on 30 January , at the Beatles' rooftop concert at Apple in London. Footage used in the film Let It Be. The Beatles' rooftop concert was the final public performance of the
The album emerged from legal difficulties with Joel's former label Family Productions, and ultimately became his first breakthrough album. The title track , a fictionalized retelling of Joel's experiences with people he met as a lounge singer in Los Angeles , peaked at No. Columbia Records released a two-disc legacy version of Piano Man in November