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Billy Joel releases first single in 17 years - "Turn the Lights Back On"

By: Adam Beam 2/1/2024

Billy Joel, the artist renowned for timeless tunes such as "Piano Man" and "Vienna," has unveiled his first new single in over 17 years.

The 74-year-old, Bronx-born artist has been touring regularly in recent years but has now found the time to compose and record a brand-new song, "Turn the Lights Back On." Co-written by Freddy Wexler, Arthur Bacon, and Wayne Hector, the single is available for listeners on various music streaming platforms.

According to the singer's official site, "The six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® inductee and Kennedy Center® honoree initially hinted at the song on TikTok, following his debut on the platform." The post continues, "Now, he delivers a classic Billy Joel-style tune, embodying the hallmarks of his signature sound and ushering in the next chapter of his story. In the lyrics, he asks, 'Did I wait too long… to turn the lights back on?'"

In discussions about new music, Governor Josh Shapiro, D-PA, is urging the singer to revamp one of his older tracks. "I think Billy Joel owes us a new 'Allentown' song – 'Allentown 2.0.' I'm sick and tired of hearing that old song. He owes a new one, given what is happening in Allentown and across the Lehigh Valley," Shapiro said while discussing economic strategy in Lehigh Valley.

"Allentown" was the first track on Joel's 1982 album "The Nylon Curtain."

Listen to Billy Joel's new single here:

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