Until the Night

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"Until the Night"
Single by Billy Joel
from the album 52nd Street
B-side "Root Beer Rag"
Released March 1979
Format 7"
Recorded 1978
Genre Rock
Length 6:35
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Billy Joel
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Billy Joel UK singles chronology
"Until the Night"
"All for Leyna"

"Until the Night" is a song written by Billy Joel who introduced it on his 1978 album 52nd Street. The song, which Joel has confirmed was inspired by the Righteous Brothers, is an early example of Joel's penchant for evoking the hit sounds of the 1960s which would be the basis for his 1983 album An Innocent Man.

Although passed over for single release in the US, "Until the Night" was issued as the second single from 52nd Street in the UK - following "My Life" - in March 1979 and reached #50 on the UK charts.

Various 45 rpm vinyls are in existence, with different B-sides, namely 'Root Beer Rag', 'Big Shot', 'Just The Way You Are' (all on CBS label).

"Until the Night" is also included on the 2005 Billy Joel four-CD and one-DVD compilation entitled My Lives (in reference to the song "My Life").

As "In der Nacht" the song was recorded by Helena Vondráčková for her 1979 album Doch in der Nacht which comprised German-language renderings of Billy Joel songs: "In der Nacht" was issued as the album's single (with "Ein Engel, der weiss, was er will" - originally "She's Always a Woman"- as the B-side).

Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers recorded "Until the Night" for his 1980 album Sweet Thunder

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
UK Singles Chart 50


  • 52nd Street copyright 1978, Sony Entertainment Inc.
  • My Lives, copyright 2005, Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

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