A Happy 68th to Mr. Billy Joel (5/9/1949)
Billy Joel: "Captain Jack" Live At Sigma Studios In Philadelphia, 04.15.72
"From the "Piano Man: Legacy Edition" released in 2011, Billy Joel performs "Captain Jack" live from Sigma Studios April 15, 1972 while being broadcast on WMMR in Philadelphia, Pa. Hosted by the legendary Ed "Friend Of Billy Joel" Sciaky."
https://youtu.be/ioQIaf9ofpU (Tom Cipriano)
During the spring of 1972, the Philadelphia radio station WMMR-FM began playing a concert recording of "Captain Jack", which became an underground hit on the East Coast. Herb Gordon, a Columbia Records executive, heard Joel's music and introduced him to the company. Joel signed a recording contract with Columbia in 1972 and moved to Los Angeles; he lived there for the next three years. For six months he worked at The Executive Room piano bar on Wilshire Boulevard as "Bill Martin", composing his signature hit "Piano Man" about the bar's patrons.
The rest ... as they say ... is history.
PS ... and a kick A version ... recorded in July 1980 at the Philadelphia Spectrum ... and released on Billy's 1981 LP Songs In The Attic:
Billy Joel - Captain Jack (Audio)
"I was in Space for less than 2 weeks … and suddenly Jeaniene’s back … half the Band is off the gd wagon … we have comedians opening for us … and the nice kid that ran our website is now a kleptof’nmaniac. Boy ... did you guys miss me!!" Phil Valentine - Road Manager - Staton House Band
JBLP#251 (unaged) ... thank you Ron.