Baby Grand

Album: The Bridge (1986)
Charted: 75

Songfacts®:

  • Joel recorded this as a duet with Ray Charles, who was his favorite piano player/singer (in addition to their musical talents, the pair share something else in common: last names that sound like first names). When Charles showed up at the session, they met for the first time, and Joel was in awe. To break the ice and get to know each other, they each played piano for a while before recording the song.

    When Ray Charles would meet someone for the first time, he would touch that person's face. When he did this do Joel, he said, "relax," since he could tell Billy was nervous.
  • Joel's daughter that he had with supermodel Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray, was named after Ray Charles.
  • A Baby Grand is a type of piano, the instrument of choice for Joel and Charles.
  • Joel has a bunch of hits, but he also has a lot of lesser-known songs like this that many of his fans love. This was not released as a single in the UK and was only a minor hit in the US.

Comments: 2

  • Paul from Greenwood, ScIf you listen to the original release of Ray Charles' "Georgia on my mind", the chord progression is almost identical as this one.
  • Dc from Hilo, HiBilly Joel wrote this song the day before Ray Charles was to record it with him. Ray was one of Joel's main influences and considers it one of his most memorable studio experiences.
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