“Piano Man” (Front and Back Covers)

BJCoverA731215x20Piano Man (Front Cover)” (1973)
by Bill Imhoff
15 x 20 in., acrylic on heavy board
Coppola Collection

BJCoverB7312Piano Man (Back Cover)” (1973)
by Bill Imhoff
15 x 20 in., acrylic on heavy board
Coppola Collection

The “Piano Man” album was released on November 3, 1973. I always assumed that the front and back covers were manipulated photographic images. Turns out they are acrylic paintings done by one of Columbia Record’s go-to guys for album art, Bill Imhoff. This pair of paintings was gifted to one of Billy Joel’s managers, and a few years ago he sold them. They landed here and there, and through great fortune, a bit of luck, and quite a coincidence, they ended up in my hands – the take-away lesson: art dealers will more inventory than cash-on-hand are often more amenable to making you a good deal during tax season.

These paintings are pure, solid gold grail for me. I actually cannot believe I own them.

I cannot find any real information about Imhoff’s fate anywhere.

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