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Encyclopedia > Just the Way You Are
This article refers to the 1977-song. For the 1984 movie with the same title, see Just the Way You Are (film).
“Just the Way You Are”
“Just the Way You Are” cover
Single by Billy Joel
from the album The Stranger
Released 1977
Format 7"
Recorded 1977
Genre Pop
Length 4:47 (album version)
3:36 (edited version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Billy Joel
Producer Phil Ramone
Certification Gold
Billy Joel singles chronology
"New York State of Mind"
(1976)
"Just the Way You Are"
(1977)
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
(1977)

"Just the Way You Are" is a love song from Billy Joel's 1977 pop rock album, The Stranger. It was written as a birthday gift to Joel's first wife Elizabeth Weber. After they divorced, Joel said that when performing the song, he would imagine what he would eat for dinner or what he would do after the show, or even accidentally sing alternate lyrics written by Liberty DeVitto ("She took the dog, the house, the car"). This was his first US Top 10 (reaching #3) and UK Top 20 single, and it was also Joel's first Gold single in the US. "Just the Way You Are" won the 1978 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Just the Way You Are is a 1984 comedy film that stars Kristy McNichol and Michael Ontkean. ... Image File history File links Billy_Joel_-_Just_the_way_you_are. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... William Joseph Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... The Stranger is the fifth studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... A 12-inch record (left), a 7-inch record (right), and a CD (above) Two 7 singles (left), two colored 7 singles (middle), and two 7 singles with large spindle holes (right). ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition (chords) or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Phil Ramone is a violinist, composer, recording engineer, and innovative record producer born in 1934. ... “Golden record” redirects here. ... William Joseph Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... New York State of Mind is a song written by Billy Joel about New York City. ... For the Joanne song, see Pack Your Bags. ... William Joseph Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... The Stranger is the fifth studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). ... Liberty DeVitto (born 1950) is an American rock drummer. ... A Gold Single is a single that has passed a milestone in official sales. ...


The track features an alto sax solo by jazz artist Phil Woods, who replaced Richie Cannata (who played sax for most of the songs on The Stranger) when the latter's style of playing was deemed unfit for the song. Guitarist Steve Khan, who played on most of the songs on The Stranger missed playing this one because he was on a trip, and had to be replaced. The bossa nova style of the song was strongly encouraged by producer Phil Ramone. Upon learning this would be the beat used for the song, drummer Devitto threw his drumsticks at Joel and said, "I'm not a damned cocktail lounge drummer!" Phil Woods Philip Wells Woods (born November 2, 1931) is an American jazz bebop alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader and composer. ... For other uses, see Bossa nova (disambiguation). ... Phil Ramone is a violinist, composer, recording engineer, and innovative record producer born in 1934. ...


Joel has gone on record stating that he personally dislikes the song and was originally going to leave it off the album. However, at the request of both Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow (both were recording in other studios in the same building at the time), Joel and Ramone agreed to leave it on the album. Linda Marie Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946 in Tucson, Arizona) is an American popular vocalist and entertainer who has earned multiple Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, numerous certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums, and Tony Award and Golden Globe nominations. ... Phoebe Snow (born Phoebe Ann Laub on July 17, 1952) is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, most known for her 1975 hit Poetry Man. // Born in New York City, Snow was raised in a household where Delta blues, Broadway show tunes, Dixieland jazz, classical music and folk music recordings were...


Single and album edits

When "Just the Way You Are" was released as a single, it was shortened by over a minute. The differences are the removal of the second verse and an early fade.


Cover versions

"Just the Way You Are" has been covered by several artists, including Diana Krall, Grover Washington, Jr., Barry White, Shirley Bassey, and Frank Sinatra. It is referenced in the Fountains of Wayne song "Peace and Love" (which repeats the first line of the song, albeit, as the singer notes, in a different chord). The song was programmed into the Yamaha PSS series of synthesizers, popular in the late 1980s, as a demonstration mode. // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC (born November 16, 1964) is a Grammy award-winning Canadian jazz pianist and singer. ... Grover Washington, Jr. ... Barry Eugene White (born Barrence Eugene Carter, September 12, 1944) – July 4, 2003) was an American record producer, songwriter and singer. ... Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, DBE, CBE (born January 8, 1937 in Cardiff, Wales), is a Welsh singer. ... Sinatra redirects here. ... Fountains of Wayne is an American power pop rock band formed in 1996 and known for such singles as Radiation Vibe and Stacys Mom. // The band was formed by Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood. ... The headquarters of Yamaha Corporation Yamaha redirects here. ... Synth redirects here. ...


"Just the Way You Are" was covered by Maggie Gyllenhaal in the 2005 movie Happy Endings. Maggie Ruth Gyllenhaal (born November 16, 1977) is an American actress. ... Cast Lisa Kudrow - Mamie Toll Steve Coogan - Charley Peppitone Jesse Bradford - Nicky Kunitz Bobby Cannavale - Javier Duran Maggie Gyllenhaal - Jude Jason Ritter - Otis McKee Tom Arnold - Frank McKee David Sutcliffe - Gil Palmer Laura Dern - Pam Ferris Sarah Clarke - Diane ...


This song plays in the background during the Holiday Inn scene in the movie The Blues Brothers. A cover version of the song was used by the British commercial television station ITV in 1989, to promote the network. The Blues Brothers is a 1980 musical comedy directed by John Landis and starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues, characters developed from a Saturday Night Live musical sketch. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


Also in a skit on Sesame Street, Billy Joel and Marlee Matlin bring a used piano to Oscar the Grouch and tell him that in order to get the piano, he has to listen to a love song performed by Joel and signed by Matlin. Oscar is initially angry but listens to the song. The song's lyrics are reworded to fit Oscar's personality and Joel explains that they don't want Oscar to become happy or change himself; they like him grouchy and "just the way you are." Oscar becomes infuriated when Matlin hugs and kisses him, which he claims "Never do that to a grouch!" Joel and Matlin leave after Oscar says that he doesn't want the piano after all because "I've heard this piano! It's tuned!" Then he says that although he hated the love song, "this one kinda really made me angry," and lets out a satisfied sigh. Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... Marlee Beth Matlin (born August 24, 1965) is an Academy Award-winning American actress who is almost completely deaf. ...


Chart positions

Charts Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
UK Singles Chart 19
“Hot 100” redirects here. ... The Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles and only Adult Contemporary) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ... British Hit Singles redirects here. ... William Joseph Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... Cold Spring Harbor was Billy Joels first solo album, and was released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Streetlife Serenade was Billy Joels third album, and his second with Columbia Records. ... Turnstiles was the fourth album by Billy Joel, released in 1976 (1976 in music). ... The Stranger is the fifth studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). ... 52nd Street is the sixth studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1978. ... Glass Houses is the seventh album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... The Nylon Curtain is the 8th album by Billy Joel. ... For the 1989 movie starring Tom Selleck, see An Innocent Man (film). ... The Bridge is an album by Billy Joel. ... Storm Front is the eleventh studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1989. ... River of Dreams is the twelfth studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1993. ... Fantasies & Delusions is the first album of Billy Joels classical compositions, released in 2001. ... Songs in the Attic is the first live album by Billy Joel, released in 1981. ... 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert is the third live album by Billy Joel, released in 2000. ... 12 Gardens Live is a Sony music compilation of songs performed by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel during a run of twelve concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City in early 2006. ... Billy Joels Greatest Hits discs are a collection released in two sets. ... The Essential Billy Joel is a Sony music compilation of songs by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel. ... My Lives is a Sony music compilation of Demos Outtakes B-Sides Soundtrack Cuts Live Recordings and Album Cuts by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel. ... Piano Man track listing Travelin Prayer (1) Piano Man (2) Aint No Crime (3) Piano Man was Billy Joels first major hit, and is considered Joels signature song. ... The Entertainer is a single by singer Billy Joel released as the only single from his 1974 album Streetlife Serenade. ... New York State of Mind is a song written by Billy Joel about New York City. ... For the Joanne song, see Pack Your Bags. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Stranger is a 1977 title track single released on Billy Joels fifth album. ... My Life is a song by Bill Kima that first appeared on his 2006 album 52nd Street. ... Big Shot was the second hit single from Billy Joels 1978 album 52nd Street. ... 52nd Street is the sixth studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1978. ... All for Leyna is a hit single by musician Billy Joel off of the 1980 album Glass Houses. ... You May Be Right is a single written and performed rock singer Billy Joel from his 1980 album Glass Houses. ... Its Still Rock and Roll to Me is a hit 1980 song performed by Billy Joel, from the hit album Glass Houses. ... Dont Ask Me Why is a Billy Joel song released in 1980. ... Shes Got a Way is a song by Billy Joel. ... For the song by Paramore, see Pressure (song). ... This article is about the song by Billy Joel. ... Goodnight Saigon is a song written by Billy Joel, originally appearing on his 1982 album The Nylon Curtain. ... Uptown Girl is a song performed by musician Billy Joel. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Keeping the Faith is a song by the singer Billy Joel, released from his 1983 album An Innocent Man. ... Youre Only Human (Second Wind) is a hit song written and performed by Billy Joel for the express purpose of teenage suicide prevention. ... Greatest Hits - Volume I and II track listing Youre Only Human (Second Wind) (14) The Night Is Still Young (15) end of album The Night Is Still Young is a single by the rock singer Billy Joel released as a new song from his greatest hits album Greatest Hits... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... We Didnt Start the Fire is a song by Billy Joel that makes reference to a catalog of headline events during his lifetime, from March 1949 to 1989, when the song was released on his album Storm Front. ... Leningrad is a 1989 song written and performed by American singer and songwriter Billy Joel. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... And So It Goes is the stirring ballad written by Billy Joel in 1983, though it wasnt released until six years later, appearing as the tenth and final track of his megahit album Stormfront. ... The Downeaster Alexa was originally released in 1989 on Billy Joels eleventh studio album Storm Front. ... All Shook Up is one of the many hit songs of Elvis Presley. ... The River of Dreams is a single by the singer Billy Joel. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... All my life is a single released by Billy Joel. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Movin Out is a jukebox musical featuring the songs of Billy Joel. ...

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