On October 13, 1978.

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On October 13, 1978, “Family Productions” label released “52nd Street”, the sixth Billy Joel studio album. It was recorded July – August 1978, at the  “A&R Recording, Inc”., 799 7th Avenue at 52nd Street, New York City. The album won 1979 “Grammy for Album of the Year”. In 2003, “52nd Street” was ranked by the magazine “Rolling Stone” number 352 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of all Time”.

Personnel:

  • Billy Joel– acoustic piano, Yamaha CP-70 electric grand piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, vocals
  • Doug Stegmeyer– bass, backing vocals
  • Liberty DeVitto– drums
  • Richie Cannata– saxophones, organ, clarinet
  • Steve Khan– electric guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • Freddie Hubbard– flugelhorn and trumpet
  • Mike Mainieri– vibes and marimba
  • David Spinozza– acoustic guitar
  • Donnie Dacus& Peter Cetera – background vocals
  • David Friedman – orchestral chimesand percussion
  • Ralph MacDonald– percussion
  • Eric Gale– electric guitar
  • Frank Floyd, Babi Floyd, Zack Sanders, Milt Grayson, & Ray Simpson – background vocals
  • George Marge – sopranino recorder
  • Hugh McCracken– nylon string guitar
  • Robert Freedman – horn and string orchestration
  • Dave Grusin– horn orchestration
  • David Nadien – concertmaster

Track listing:

All compositions by Billy Joel, except where noted.

  1. Big Shot
  2. Honesty
  3. My Life
  4. Zanzibar
  5. Stiletto
  6. Rosalinda’s Eyes
  7. Half a Mile Away
  8. Until the Night
  9. 52nd Street
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