In Manhattan, one of the streets intersecting Broadway in the theatre district.
In Billy Joel's life, a 1979 album that followed up the Grammy-winning record, The Stranger. Released in the fall of 1978, it became Joel's first #1 album.

Producer Phil Ramone added more horns to this one for a more gritty, street-jazz sound. Among the noted jazz/fusion artists doing session work on this one were Mike Mainieri (of Steps Ahead), Ralph Peterson and the great Freddie Hubbard.

Joel's core band remained the same: Doug Stegmeyer (bass), Liberty DeVitto (drums), Richie Canata (sax, clarinet, organ) and "(Mr.) Steve Khan" (guitars).

Personnel: Joel (keyboards/vocals),

The Songs:

Lyrics to the title track, written by Billy Joel:

    They say it takes a lot to keep a love alive
    In every heart there pumps a different beat

    But if we shift the rhythm into overdrive
    We could generate a lot of heat

    On 52nd Street
    On 52nd Street

    We’re gonna throw a little soul parade
    Before they know the second bar was played

    We’re gonna slip it to ‘em short and sweet on
    52nd Street

    On 52nd Street

Sources: 52nd Street album sleeve, © 1978 CBS Inc. / Album history from

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