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The Great Wall of China
"Help yourself, it's all you can eat at the Empire Diner tonight." Billy Joel didn't choose a New York restaurant at random. The Empire Diner is a real celebrity in Manhattan. One of Chelsea's most popular eateries, where some of the biggest names in the world have...
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I’m a New Yorker. It is indelibly imprinted in my soul. That’s where I came from and that’s where I should be.

Billy Joel

Billy Joel was already a huge star when he released his album River of Dreams in 1993, which included the song Great Wall of China. At the time, the record was seen as the last by its author. And this will indeed be the last time that one of his studio recordings contains so much original material. Billy Joel has subsequently released only compilations and live albums. A real achievement for this Bronx native nicknamed Piano Man by his fans in relation to the title of his 1973 album, whose track-list contains the eponymous track. Perhaps the best known of its author.

Billy Joel whose work is full of references to the Big Apple. His most famous city-related hit is undoubtedly the formidable New York State Of Mind. More than a song, a declaration of love.


River of Dreams went five times platinum in the U.S. and Europe.

The River of dreams
The River of Dreams. Tous droits réservés : Columbia.

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By Gilles Rolland

Monday, December 13, 2021

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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Fanspots Stories New York

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Discover the secrets of the cult places of the greatest masterpieces of pop culture in New York!

The world capital of pop culture, New York embodies unbridled creative freedom. The city that never sleeps has been the muse of a large number of directors, actors, screenwriters, singers, musicians, cartoonists and writers…

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