Joey Ramone wrote this poignant love song at the Tropicana Hotel in Los Angeles when the Ramones were staying there for the recording of End of the Century. The vocalist penned the tune about Linda Danielle, his girlfriend at the time. She later begun a relationship with and eventually married guitarist Johnny Ramone, resulting in Joey refusing to speak to him for the rest of their lives.
The title of this ballad pertains to the band's former tour manager Danny Fields. "That song isn't really about me," Fields told Uncut magazine February 2014. "It's a love song Joe wrote to Linda. It's a poisoned song and I get introduced as the person it is about. Well, it's not about me, I had nothing to do with the album and it's about a love affair that turned into a tragedy."
This song, along with the rest of End of The Century, was produced by Phil Spector. Johnny later commented in Rolling Stone, "It really worked when he got to a slower song like 'Danny Says' - the production really worked tremendously. For the harder stuff, it didn't work as well."
"Piano Man" was inspired by Billy Joel's time playing at a piano bar in Los Angeles. The "real estate novelist" was a guy who always talked about writing a book, but spent all his spare time in the bar.