EP 089 – Playlist #7 – Songs That Inspired ’An Innocent Man’

Summer is upon us and we are entering the season of celebrating Billy Joel’s An Innocent Man. In celebration of the album’s 40th anniversary, I (Michael) wanted to kick things off with this playlist episode.

I’m celebrating the songs that inspired An Innocent Man. Some are obvious and some are more subtle but these next songs are classics in American popular music and It was a blast stringing them all together in the same sequence of the album.

The playlist:

1. Wilson Pickett – “Stagger Lee” (“Easy Money”)

2. The Drifters – “Under The Boardwalk” (“An Innocent Man”)

3. The Tymes – “So In Love” (“The Longest Time”)

4a. Beethoven – “Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 – Pathetique (“This Night”)

4b. Little Anthony and the Imperials “Tears On My Pillow” (“This Night”)

5. The Supremes – “You Can’t Hurry Love” (“Tell Her About It”)

6. The Four Seasons – “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (“Uptown Girl”)

7. Sam Cooke – “(What A) Wonderful World” (“Careless Talk”)

8. Little Richard – “Lucille” (“Christie Lee”)

9. Jackie DeShannon – “What The World Needs Now Is Love” (“Leave A Tender Moment Alone”)

10. Betty Wright – “Clean Up Woman” (“Keeping The Faith”)


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