The Stranger (song)
|Single by Billy Joel|
|from the album The Stranger|
|B-side||"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"|
|Released||May 21, 1978 (Japan)|
|Recorded||A & R Recording,Inc., New York City, 1977|
5:10 (Album version)|
4:10 (Single version)
CBS Sony (Japan)
|Billy Joel singles chronology|
"The Stranger" is a song by rock artist Billy Joel from his 1977 album of the same name, The Stranger. The song was released as a single in Japan where it became very popular and peaked at #2 on the Oricon chart, charting as well in Australia. It was the last single from the album in Japan, while the US and UK saw "She's Always a Woman", released the previous year, as the last single from the album.
An untitled two-minute instrumental "hidden track" reprise of this song is featured at the end of The Stranger, after "Everybody Has a Dream".
Billy Joel originally wanted the melody to be played by some kind of wind instrument, but after Joel demonstrated the melody by whistling it, producer Phil Ramone convinced Joel to scrap the idea of a wind instrument and whistle instead.
7" vinyl (CBS)
- "The Stranger"
- "Just the Way You Are"
Japanese 7" vinyl
- "The Stranger" [4:10]
- "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" [3:30]
|Australian Singles Chart||59|
|Japan Oricon Singles Chart||2|
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- Joel, Billy (April 3, 2013). "Billy Joel Pays Tribute to Phil Ramone: 'He Was the King'". Rolling Stone.
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