Long Island Rock Troubadour Surprises Billy Joel Fans, and Vice Versa

Elliott and "The Piano Man" performing Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side." (Also that night, Aerosmith's guitarist Joe Perry and Billy Rocked on "Walk This Way.") Photo courtesy of Madison Square Garden.
Billy Joel has been cheerleading for Elliott Murphy for decades. The two have been spotted together, recently, in favorite showcase venues.

On Thursday night, Nov. 8, Billy inducted Elliott and Jimmy Webb into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at Westbury Space. He said, “His songs are honest and literate and pure, and those songs have attracted audiences far beyond his country.  I’ve long envied his bravery and integrity, and I’ve always admired his lyric skill.”

On Saturday night, Nov. 10, Elliott joined Billy live onstage at Madison Square Garden to sing Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.”  

Elliott’s tour will include an anticipated performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, plus shows in Manhattan, Piermont (Nyack), Port Jefferson, and Amaganset. Tour dates below.

Originally from Garden City, Long Island, Elliott Murphy rose to national prominence with the release of his debut 1973 album Aquashow, when critics declared him, along with Bruce Springsteen, John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III, the new Bob Dylan, even though the original was still only in his mid-thirties. When asked if he considered the “New Dylan” tag to be a curse, Murphy often reminds interviewers that, “… all of us singer-songwriters, who were pushed into that estimable club, seem to be still working. So more than a curse it’s a guarantee of life-time employment!”  

As well as having released over 35 albums in a career spanning 45 years, Elliott Murphy is a prolific writer of fiction with two novels and numerous collections of short stories published in Europe. One of his earlier stories is currently being made into the film Broken Poet and will feature Elliott Murphy in his first major acting role. Cast members include the legendary Marisa Berenson, Academy Award nominee Michael O’Keefe, and acclaimed French actress Joana Preiss. A Spring 2019 release is projected for Broken Poet by award-winning Spanish Director Emilio Barrachina. Elliott’s most recent album, PRODIGAL SON, (Murphyland Records) garnered 4 stars in French Rolling Stone.  

In 2015 Elliott Murphy was awarded the Chevalier des arts et des lettres medal by the French minister of Culture.  

Contact: Anne Leighton: 718-881-8183, LeightonMedia@aol.com, Anne@AnneLeighton.com

November 8 Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Westbury, NY [Duo]
November 9 My Father's Place, Roslyn, NY [Duo]
November 11 Ray's House Concert, Staten Island [Duo]
November 13 World Café, Philadelphia, PA [Duo]
                    November 15  The Turning Point, Piermont, NH
November 16 The Sail Loft, Port Jefferson, NY [Duo]
November 17 Rockwood 3 ***5PM Show*** [Duo]
November 23 Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett, NY [Duo]
November 24 Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Wash DC [Duo]