Billy Joel’s Forgotten Band “Attila”

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Attila was the name of a band featuring a young Billy Joel. Joel was a member of a band called The Hassles; he and the drummer, Jon Small, broke away from the Hassles and formed Attila in 1969. The instrumentation was organ and drums, with Joel also handling the bass lines with a keyboard.

Their creative partnership ended in 1970 when Joel ran off with Small’s wife, Elizabeth, although this did not end their collaborations.

They released only one album, Attila, in 1970. Attila is often selected by critics and other music journalists as one of the worst rock albums of all time. Joel himself has gone on record as describing the album as “psychedelic bullshit.”

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