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Piano Man Unplugged! Billy Joel Opens Up in TV Interview

This month, Sag Harbor’s Billy Joel couldn’t stay out of the news if he tried.

Not only did he announce his residency at Madison Square Garden, which means he’ll perform a monthly show for as long as there is demand, he also put his Sagaponack estate back on the market and received Kennedy Center Honors for his renowned career and contributions to music.

He just recently spoke with CBS This Morning during rehearsals for his New Year’s Eve show at Barclays Center.

He openly discusses how his first recording contract was terrible, and he ended up writing “Piano Man” while hiding out in Los Angeles and performing in a piano bar under a pseudonym as he fought to get out of the deal.  He is also forthcoming about his past shortcomings and regrets.

Watch three clips from candid interview below, or read more at


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