They're the band behind some of the biggest hits of the 70's and 80's and helped establish Billy Joel’s formidable sound.
Before they were The Lords of 52nd Street, you could find them playing at local clubs in Long Island under the band name, “Topper,” drawing large audiences when bassist Doug Stegmeyer flew out to California to audition for the “Piano Man,” Mr. Billy Joel, who was looking to form a new band that would record and tour with him regularly. Stegmeyer was immediately accepted into the Billy Joel Band, and Joel asked if Stegmeyer knew any other players, specifically a New York style drummer. Stegmeyer recommended his Topper bandmates who then joined Joel in the studio to record his 1976 album, Turnstiles. The rest is music history. “This is not a Billy Joel cover band. This IS Billy Joel’s original band!” —Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall