Long Long Time

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In spring of 1972, late, great WMMR legend Ed Sciaky hosted a live performance at Sigma Studios, where a hot-shot Long Island-raised piano player and his ridiculously talented band played for a tiny local audience, and the whole 12-song session was recorded live. Less than six months after his solo debut, this scrappy musician, one Billy Joel, made a mark on Philadelphia radio that still makes old heads here smile—and whoa, what a night it was. The seven minutes of his “Captain Jack” alone, with its mention of the City of Brotherly Love—or “Philadelph-EYE-a,” as Joel sang so robustly—took hold of WMMR listeners like a vice grip, eventually slaughtering hits like Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” in numbers of requests. In its aftermath, one million bootleg copies of that concert sold on the streets. A year or so afterward, Joel’s musical genius began capturing audiences across the nation, and the rest as they say, is history.

While that fateful show over 40 years ago brought together a host of amazing musicians to accompany Joel, Nov. 2011 marked the official release of that famous Sigma Studio performance via a bonus disc in his double Piano Man LP re-issue. Last year, its original musicians, named Long, Long Time, united for a NYC show, and now, World Café Live’s the site of another reunion—their final one. Be on hand to sing aloud, on- or off-key, in homage to the man himself—and the visionaries of Philly radio who appreciated his music first. // KENYA BEVERLY

8pm. $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

WHERE
3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 08/26/2014. .

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