Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Did Iggy Pop record with Billy Joel?

It’s quite possible that Iggy Pop once played on a record with Billy Joel and the song was “Leader of the Pack,” the old Shangri-Las song from 1964.  Here’s how that happened. 

Back then, Iggy was living in the Detroit area and playing drums.  Billy Joel was an unknown piano player who made ends meet by working as a studio musician.  Legend has it that Iggy was hired to play the drum part on “Leader of the Pack.”  Once he was done, he was paid and sent home.  A few days later, Billy Joel came into the studio, given some sheet music, played his part, and went home. 

So although they may appear on the same song, they were never in the same studio together at the same time. 

Yesterday’s post was about the weird Church of Kurt Cobain.

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