Russell Javors

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Russell Javors
Born (1952-06-13) June 13, 1952 (age 71)
OriginBrooklyn, New York, United States
GenresPop, pop rock, rock
Instrument(s)Guitar, harmonica, backing vocals
Years active1967–present

Russell Javors (born June 13, 1952) is an American rock guitarist. He is best known as a rhythm guitarist for Billy Joel from 1976 to 1989.


At age 15, Javors was performing songs with his childhood friend Liberty DeVitto. He met Doug Stegmeyer in high school and along with Howard Emerson, formed the band Topper.[1]

Together, they performed the songs that Javors wrote. Topper became noticed by Billy Joel. Joel found he needed a bassist on his Streetlife Serenade tour and invited Stegmeyer to join him. Javors, DeVitto, and Emerson soon followed. With the addition of multi-instrumentalist Richie Cannata, Topper became the Billy Joel Band. Javors played rhythm guitar with Joel from 1975 until 1989.

On October 23, 2014, Javors, Cannata, and DeVitto (with Stegmeyer, posthumously) were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, primarily for their work with Joel.[2] Shortly thereafter, Javors, Cannata, and DeVitto officially formed The Lords of 52nd Street band; the band also includes a pianist and lead vocalist, keyboardist, and a guitarist, and plays faithful renditions of the recorded Joel originals.[3]

Javors also wrote two songs and played guitar on Karen Carpenter's 1979 self-titled album, which was released in 1996.[4]

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Billy Joel album credits[edit]


  1. ^ Smith, Bill. I Go To Extremes: The Billy Joel Story. London: Robson, 2007. 135.
  2. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (October 23, 2014). "Billy Joel Band set to join Piano Man in Long Island Music Hall of Fame". New York Newsday. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  3. ^ Filipski, Kevin (February 5, 2016). "Interview with Guitarist Russell Javors". Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  4. ^ Tobler, John. The Complete Guide to the Music of The Carpenters. London: Omnibus, 1998. 128.