An Innocent Man (song)

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Single by Billy Joel
from the album An Innocent Man
B-side “I’ll Cry Instead” (live)
Released December 1983
Format 7″, 12″
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 5:17
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Billy Joel
Producer(s) Phil Ramone

“An Innocent Man” is a 1983 song performed by Billy Joel and the third single from his album An Innocent Man.

The song, whose musical style is an homage to Ben E. King and The Drifters, reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the third consecutive top 10 single from the album. It also spent one week at #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart.

Joel was quoted in a 1997 interview describing the high notes he sang during the song: “I had a suspicion that was going to be the last time I was going to be able to hit those notes, so why not go out in a blaze of glory? That was the end of Billy’s high note.”

No music video was made for this song.