Lords of 52nd Street
Doug Stegmeyer, Liberty DeVitto and Russell Javors joined Billy Joel in studio to record his 1976 album “Turnstiles.” Billy Joel was also looking specifically for a saxophone player who could play keyboards. Al Stegmeyer, Doug’s father, was a sound engineer on the album and recommended Richie Cannata to play saxophone and keyboards. Cannata walked into Ultrasonic Studios in Hempstead, New York and heard for the first time the legendary hit, “Angry Young Man.” Joel, Stegmeyer, DeVitto and Javors recorded the tune a day earlier and Cannata was blown away by their experienced playing and speed. Cannata went into the studio and immediately recorded the unforgettable Empire State love song, “New York State of Mind.” What made the music on this album so special was the dedicated, loyal New York musicians behind its creation.
The band played on Joel's iconic albums "The Stranger," “52nd Street,” “Glass Houses,” and “The Nylon Curtain.” The band recorded and toured with Joel for over a decade, and it wasn’t until their induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame where they decided to reunite after a 30-year separation. After their 2014 hall of fame induction, “The Lords of 52nd Street” picked up their instruments once again and began performing in front of live audiences together.