Billy Joel - "Tell Her About It"
from the album An Innocent Man (1983)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15
Today's Song of the Day is by singer/songwriter/piano man Billy Joel, who had success in 1982 with his ambitious eighth album, The Nylon Curtain, which gave him two top-40 hits with "Pressure" and "Allentown", and remains my favorite Joel album to date. He then went on a short tour, in which one of the shows was recorded for broadcast on cable and VHS. But the serious tone of the record and sonically challenging production made the album a little less palatable to mainstream radio, even though the set still made the top-10 on the albums chart.
On his next release, An Innocent Man, Joel did a 180 from the last record by recording a set of retro-sounding tracks and vibrant love songs that became his most successful album of the 80s. The first single, "Tell Her About It", sounds as if it were ripped from mid-sixties Motown and transplanted to the modern day, with help from producer Phil Ramone...
"Tell Her About It" became Billy's second #1 pop hit in the US in the fall of 1983, as well as his third to top the adult-contemporary (soft-rock) chart. The single also reached the top-20 on the rock radio format, and after all that time became Joel's first top-10 hit in Britain, peaking at #4 (it also went top-10 in Australia and Canada).
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...here's Billy live in Wembley Stadium in London in 1984 on tour...
Joel's An Innocent Man album would go on to spin off five more top-40 hits, and be nominated for a Grammy for Album of the Year, unfortunately in the field including Michael Jackson's Thriller, so you know who'd win there. It also was one of the first CD's I ever bought way way back in the day.
Up tomorrow: British rockabilly journeyman gets going with some help from an Electric Light.