Song of the Day #2,876: ’52nd Street’ – Billy Joel

52ndstreetIt’s nice to see the title track of Billy Joel’s 1978 album 52nd Street pop up on a Random Weekend so soon after my trip to New York City to see Hamilton.

I’ve always considered this jazzy rock classic one of the quintessential New York City albums, from its cover photo of Joel leaning against a wall on 52nd Street and Seventh Avenue to city settings like Zanzibar and the Herald Square of ‘Rosalinda’s Eyes.’

I came across a great website that tracks down the locations of album covers. Here’s a very thorough explanation of exactly where the 52nd Street cover was shot.

They say it takes a lot to keep a love alive
In every heart there pumps a different beat
But if we shift the rhythm into overdrive
Well, we could generate a lot of heat
On Fifty Second Street
Oh oh Fifty Second Street

We’re gonna have a little show parade
Before they know the second bar was played
We’re gonna slip it to ’em short and sweet on Fifty Second Street

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,876: ’52nd Street’ – Billy Joel

  1. Dana says:

    That website showing the history of the photo location is fantastic. What dedication!

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