Baby Grand

"Baby Grand" is the fourth and final single released off Billy Joel's album The Bridge.wikipedia
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The Bridge (Billy Joel album)

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"Baby Grand" is the fourth and final single released off Billy Joel's album The Bridge.
Charles sang a duet with Joel on the song "Baby Grand", and Winwood played Hammond organ on the song "Getting Closer".

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The two originally got together when Joel contacted Charles about the naming of his daughter, Alexa Ray, after Charles.
Joel and her father performed the song "Baby Grand" at a Barack Obama election fundraiser at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 16, 2008.

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"Baby Grand" is the fourth and final single released off Billy Joel's album The Bridge.
Ray Charles made the induction speech and mentioned the duet Joel wrote for the two of them, "Baby Grand" (a track on Joel's album The Bridge released in 1986).

Ray Charles

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A duet with Joel and Ray Charles, the song is a ballad dedicated to the baby grand piano, and the relationship it can share with its players.
Prior to this, Charles returned to the pop charts with "Baby Grand", a duet with the singer Billy Joel.

Duet

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A duet with Joel and Ray Charles, the song is a ballad dedicated to the baby grand piano, and the relationship it can share with its players.

Piano

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A duet with Joel and Ray Charles, the song is a ballad dedicated to the baby grand piano, and the relationship it can share with its players.

Billboard Hot 100

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The single peaked at #75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and at #3 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

Adult Contemporary (chart)

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The single peaked at #75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and at #3 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.

Georgia on My Mind

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When writing the song, Joel tried to compose it in the style of Charles' hit, "Georgia on My Mind", while also giving it a blues sound.

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When writing the song, Joel tried to compose it in the style of Charles' hit, "Georgia on My Mind", while also giving it a blues sound.

New York State of Mind

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"It was one of those rare songs, like "New York State of Mind", that seem to come all at once - it seemed almost as though I had heard it before."

Hicksville, New York

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Originally Joel sang the song in his thick Hicksville accent, and Charles did the same.

Phil Ramone

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Producer Phil Ramone told Joel to "challenge him," and to do it the way Joel wanted to.

Music video

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During the song, Charles and Joel play dual pianos; the music video for the song shows Joel and Charles both playing the piano right next to each other.

A-side and B-side

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The B-side of the single was another song off of the album, "Big Man on Mulberry Street".

Big Man on Mulberry Street

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The B-side of the single was another song off of the album, "Big Man on Mulberry Street".

Rolling Stone

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Anthony DeCurtis of Rolling Stone said that Charles' "[turned] in an impressively genuine performance."

The Boston Globe

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Steve Morse of The Boston Globe said that the song was "engaging."

AllMusic

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However, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave the song a negative review, saying that the song was "weighed down by Joel's vocal affectations."

Chicago Sun-Times

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Dave Hoekstra of The Chicago Sun-Times believed that because of the song, Joel "demands and deserves respect as a songwriter in this genre."

The Philadelphia Inquirer

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The Philadelphia Inquirer believed that the song was the album's "obvious high point," saying that the song was "the apotheosis of the musical-instrument-as-woman genre."

The Jerusalem Post

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David Brinn of The Jerusalem Post thought that the song was a "small pleasure."

PopMatters

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Nikki Tranter of PopMatters believed the song was a "stand-out" track.