The Lords of 52nd Street: Legends of Billy Joel
Saturday, March 26, 2022
In 1975, Billy Joel started looking for a new band. His first choice was fellow Long Islander and bass player, Doug Stegmeyer. He asked Doug if he knew some musicians to help round out the band. Doug suggested former bandmates, Liberty Devitto and Russell Javors. Doug Stegmeyer, Liberty DeVitto and Russell Javors joined Billy Joel in studio to record his 1976 album “Turnstiles.”
Billy Joel was also looking for a saxophone player who could play keyboards. Al Stegmeyer, Doug’s brother, was a sound engineer on the album, and recommended Richie Cannata. Cannata walked into Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead, New York, and was blown away by their experienced playing and speed. Cannata went into the studio and immediately recorded, “New York State of Mind.”
The “Turnstiles” album was a huge success. DeVitto, Javors and Cannata blew away audiences with their playing, and helped Joel sell millions of albums. The band went from playing local colleges and universities across the nation to performing at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.
After the success of the “Turnstiles” album, Joel and the band began looking for a music producer and decided to work with the legendary, Phil Ramone. Phil Ramone and Joel coined DeVitto, Cannata, Javors and Stegmeyer as The Lords of 52nd Street, and went into Columbia Studios to record, “The Stranger.” The album was a commercial success! The Lords of 52nd Street helped Joel establish a popular music career, and the opportunity to perform and record in the most prestigious settings.
The Lords of 52nd Street finally returned to the stage to a sold-out crowd in 2016. Critics adored the band, and their performance blew away fans of all ages. The Lords of 52nd Street are touring regularly, and do not plan on stopping anytime soon.
For more information about this act, visit: LordsOf52ndSt.com
Doors Open: 6pm – Show Begins: 7pm
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