Billy Joel 52nd Street Album Cover

This is the location of the photoshoot used on the cover of Billy Joel’s album, 52nd Street. Billy is in the Northern area of Times Square on the south side of West 52nd Street just east of 7th Avenue in New York City. 52nd Street is the sixth studio album by Billy and was released on Oct 12, 1978 by Columbia Records.

In 1980, 52nd Street won the Grammy for Album of the Year and Billy won the Male Best Pop Vocal Performance.


Side one
Big Shot
My Life

Side two
Rosalinda’s Eyes
Half a Mile Away
Until the Night
52nd Street

Billy Joel Discography:

1971 – Cold Spring Harbor
1973 – Piano Man
1974 – Streetlife Serenade
1976 – Turnstiles
1977 – The Stranger
1978 – 52nd Street
1980 – Glass Houses
1982 – The Nylon Curtain
1983 – An Innocent Man
1986 – The Bridge
1989 – Storm Front
1993 – River of Dreams
2001 – Fantasies & Delusions


Billy Joel – acoustic piano, Yamaha CP-70 electric grand piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, vocals
Richie Cannata – organ, saxophones, clarinet
Steve Khan – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
David Spinozza – acoustic guitar
David Brown – electric guitar
Russell Javors – acoustic guitar
Hugh McCracken – nylon string guitar
Eric Gale – electric guitar
Doug Stegmeyer – bass, backing vocals
Liberty DeVitto – drums
Mike Mainieri – vibraphone and marimba
Ralph MacDonald – percussion
David Freidman – orchestral chimes and percussion
Freddie Hubbard – flugelhorn and trumpet
George Marge – sopranino recorder
Peter Cetera – backing vocals
Donnie Dacus – backing vocals
Frank Floyd – backing vocals
Babi Floyd – backing vocals
Milt Grayson – backing vocals
Zack Sanders – backing vocals
Ray Simpson – backing vocals

West 52nd Street just East of 7th Avenue
New York City, NY

52nd Street Album Cover Location