Allentown (song)

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"Allentown" is a song by American singer Billy Joel, which was the lead track on Joel's The Nylon Curtain (1982) album, accompanied by a conceptual music video.wikipedia
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The Nylon Curtain

"Allentown" is a song by American singer Billy Joel, which was the lead track on Joel's The Nylon Curtain (1982) album, accompanied by a conceptual music video.
The song "Allentown", which brought attention to the plight of America's declining steel industry, spent an unprecedented six weeks at No.

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"Allentown" is a song by American singer Billy Joel, which was the lead track on Joel's The Nylon Curtain (1982) album, accompanied by a conceptual music video.
7 on the charts, partially due to heavy airplay on MTV for the videos to the singles "Allentown" and "Pressure".

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The song later appeared on Joel's Greatest Hits: Volume II (1985), Концерт (1987), 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert (2000), The Essential Billy Joel (2001), 12 Gardens Live (2006) and Live at Shea Stadium (2011) albums.

12 Gardens Live

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The song later appeared on Joel's Greatest Hits: Volume II (1985), Концерт (1987), 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert (2000), The Essential Billy Joel (2001), 12 Gardens Live (2006) and Live at Shea Stadium (2011) albums.

Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert

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The song later appeared on Joel's Greatest Hits: Volume II (1985), Концерт (1987), 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert (2000), The Essential Billy Joel (2001), 12 Gardens Live (2006) and Live at Shea Stadium (2011) albums.

Russell Mulcahy

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The video, directed by Russell Mulcahy, was in heavy rotation on MTV during 1982 and 1983.

Bethlehem Steel

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More specifically, it depicts the depressed, blue-collar livelihood of residents of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the wake of Bethlehem Steel's decline and eventual closure.

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"Allentown" is a song by American singer Billy Joel, which was the lead track on Joel's The Nylon Curtain (1982) album, accompanied by a conceptual music video.

Blue-collar worker

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Upon its release, and especially in subsequent years, "Allentown" emerged as an anthem of blue-collar America, representing both the aspirations and frustrations of America's working class in the late 20th century.

Billboard Hot 100

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"Allentown" reached #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending six consecutive weeks at that position and certified gold.

Greatest Hits (Billy Joel albums)

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The song later appeared on Joel's Greatest Hits: Volume II (1985), Концерт (1987), 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert (2000), The Essential Billy Joel (2001), 12 Gardens Live (2006) and Live at Shea Stadium (2011) albums.

2000 Years: The Millennium Concert

The song later appeared on Joel's Greatest Hits: Volume II (1985), Концерт (1987), 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert (2000), The Essential Billy Joel (2001), 12 Gardens Live (2006) and Live at Shea Stadium (2011) albums.

The Essential Billy Joel

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The song later appeared on Joel's Greatest Hits: Volume II (1985), Концерт (1987), 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert (2000), The Essential Billy Joel (2001), 12 Gardens Live (2006) and Live at Shea Stadium (2011) albums.

Rust Belt

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The song's theme is of the resolve of those coping with the decline of the American manufacturing industry and the emergence of the Rust Belt in the latter part of the 20th century.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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More specifically, it depicts the depressed, blue-collar livelihood of residents of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the wake of Bethlehem Steel's decline and eventual closure.

Rolling (metalworking)

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The introductory rhythm of the song is reminiscent of the sound of a rolling mill converting steel ingots into I-beams or other shapes.

I-beam

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The introductory rhythm of the song is reminiscent of the sound of a rolling mill converting steel ingots into I-beams or other shapes.

Levittown, New York

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When Joel started writing the song, it was titled "Levittown", after the Long Island town right next to Hicksville, where Joel had grown up.

Long Island

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When Joel started writing the song, it was titled "Levittown", after the Long Island town right next to Hicksville, where Joel had grown up.

Hicksville, New York

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When Joel started writing the song, it was titled "Levittown", after the Long Island town right next to Hicksville, where Joel had grown up.

Lehigh Valley

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Joel remembered reading about the decline of the steel industry in the Lehigh Valley, which includes the cities of both Bethlehem and Allentown.

Stabler Arena

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Before a sold-out crowd at Stabler Arena in neighboring Bethlehem in 1983, Joel opened and closed his set with "Allentown", receiving a five-minute standing ovation upon its second performance.

MTV

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The video, directed by Russell Mulcahy, was in heavy rotation on MTV during 1982 and 1983.