Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “The Stranger”

Billy Joel – Royal Crown Revue

Title track to possibly his most famous album. In this live version, I am most impressed with the whistling. Do you know how hard that is to do in the middle of a performance?

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The modern swing revival spawned quite a few great groups, like the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Royal Crown Revue ranks right up with them.

This is from their fifth album, 1999’s Walk on Fire. By this time they could be confident enough to keep from playing only full-out rave-ups, and to keep it restrained.

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