My Life (Billy Joel song)
|Single by Billy Joel|
|from the album 52nd Street|
|Released||October 28, 1978|
|Length||4:44 (Album Version)
3:50 (Single Version)
|Billy Joel singles chronology|
"My Life" is a song by Billy Joel that first appeared on his 1978 album 52nd Street. A single version was released in the fall of 1978 and reached #2 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. Early the next year it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song begins with drums and electric bass, followed by a keyboard riff. The riff is also used as a fill between verse and chorus sections and is also played at the end. The section order is intro-verse-fill-chorus-bridge-v-f-c-b-solo-c-outro.[original research?]
"My Life" was used as the theme song for the ABC television series Bosom Buddies (1980–82), albeit in a re-recorded version with a different vocalist. However, due to licensing issues it does not appear on the VHS and DVD releases of the series, nor is it used in the show's syndicated airings; in both cases, it is replaced by a vocal version of the show's closing instrumental theme, "Shake Me Loose", sung by Stephanie Mills, who, like Joel, also originated from New York City.
Single and album edits
The differences between the single and album versions are the following:
- The intro and the interlude that follows are abridged.
- The interludes between the verses and refrains are cut in half.
- The instrumental break that follows the second bridge is deleted, which was done by a very crude razor blade splice, such that drummer Liberty DeVitto's cymbal crash appears to be audibly severed.
"Got a call from an old friend, used to be real close
Said he couldn't go on the American way
Sold his house, sold his car
Bought a ticket to the West Coast
Now he gives 'em a stand-up routine in L.A."
|Australian Singles Chart||6|
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||11|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||27|
|French Singles Chart||6|
|Irish Singles Chart||3|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||2|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||22|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||6|
|South Africa (RISA)||2|
|Spanish Singles Chart||13|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||4|
|UK Singles Chart||12|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||2|
|Zimbabwe Singles (ZIMA)||1|
|UK||Silver||1 February 1979||200,000|
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- ""My Life" on the South African Singles Chart". Springbok Radio. January 26, 1979. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- "Swisscharts.com – Billy Joel – My Life". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
- * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
- UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved 2 September 2008)