Piano rock

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Piano rock is a style of rock music which features the piano, typically replacing guitar as the lead instrument, as opposed to the majority of rock subgenres.


In the early stages of rock and roll, performers such as Little Richard showcased a "frantically charged piano-pounding style" on numbers such as "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally". [1] Musicians such as Dr John also employed the piano.[2] Singer-songwriter Billy Joel's single "Piano Man", reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1974.[3] In 2004 Keane released the "piano-rock anthem" ‘Somewhere Only We Know’.[4] Pop punk band October Fall's music has been described as "piano-laced".[5]

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  1. ^ "Little Richard". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Odisemoor, James. "Dr John". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Billy Joel chart history". billboard.com. Billboard. 
  4. ^ "Under the Iron Sea". popmatter.com. Pop Matters. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "October Fall". billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 23 April 2015.