The whole An Innocent Man
album was done in the style of 1950s and '60s popular music. It was Joel's homage to the '60s-era R&B that he grew up on as well as his own romantic experiences as a teenager. Joel said in 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "Usually I agonize over every note, but this time the songs came pouring out of me."