Watch Billy Joel play a sidewalk piano


While riding his motorbike across Long Island, New York, city of Huntington, Billy Joel spotted an upright piano that was left on the sidewalk. So, naturally, he got off his bike and played it.Because it’s the smartphone age, it was captured on the camera and uploaded to YouTube, and you can see the one-minute clip below. Although he was wearing a motorcycle helmet, CNN received confirmation from his camp that it was Joel who was playing the piano. But there were no other comments on the matter.

Joel did not test the instrument with one of his own songs, but rather with a ragtime piano. The progression of the chords sounds as if he could have played “Darktown Strutters’ Ball”, a traditional jazz standard that dates back to 1915 and has been recorded by such notables as Fats Domino, Ella Fitzgerald, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra.

At the end of the song, he commented on the piano. “Not bad,” he said. “The action is good, it just needs to be fixed. And the finish is beaten. It’s a perfectly good piano. It’s a shame to throw it away. At least give it to Saint Vincent de Paul or something. ”

Someone then pointed out that there was a thrift store nearby, and Joel replied, “They would probably take it. ”

Giving him one last check, he noted that he had laminated keys and that the pedals worked. “The action is great. The mechanics are perfect, “he noted before the recording stopped.

Joel’s last public appearance dates back to May, when he played his “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” on a television performance to raise funds for those working on the front lines during the pandemic. of coronavirus. His performance was synchronized with a light show at the top of the Empire State Building.


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