Billy at his Los Angeles home in 1984. Apparently he didn't say goodbye to Hollywood completely.
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BACKGROUND: The name of this site "One Final Serenade" is a taken from a line in Billy's song "Famous Last Words" on River of Dreams. I wanted to use "Famous Last Words" as the site name, but the domain name was already taken. I created this site (on and off for several years) so that my kids could learn about and appreciate Billy Joel's music. I remember as a kid spending hours at the turntable, listening to this music, holding the album sleeve and reading every little detail of each song, and all of the liner notes. But kids today tend not to do that. They don't buy albums, but only download individual MP3 files. They go on the Internet to learn about songs, if they do that at all. So this site was intended as a way for my kids (and others) to learn about the music of Billy Joel, hopefully love it like I do, and then pass it on to their kids one day too.
Someday we'll all be gone But lullabyes go on and on They never die That's how you and I will be.
OTHER NOTES: Apologies if some (many) of the external links do not work. I am working on it whenever I have free time, which is rare. In the future I hope to add Comments sections so that people can comment about particular albums or songs.
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All music and lyrics by Billy Joel, except as noted. This is an unofficial fan site providing information and commentary on Billy Joel's music. It is not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Billy Joel, Sony Music, Columbia Records, Maritime Music, or any Billy Joel organization. Billy Joel's official site is at BillyJoel.com.
One Final Serenade: The Songs of Billy Joel (Billy Joel Fan Site)