1973: The album "Piano Man" is released by Billy Joel. The album, Joel's first with Columbia Records and second overall, would prove to be his breakthrough album, peaking at No. 27 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart and selling more than 4 million copies. The single "Piano Man," a fictionalized retelling of Joel's days as a lounge singer in Los Angeles, would peak at No. 25 on Billboard's Pop Singles chart and at No. 4 on the Adult Contemporary singles chart.