Liberty DeVitto

Born Aug 8, 1950

Liberty DeVitto is an American rock drummer. He is best known as the drummer for Billy Joel, but has also played with the NYC Hit Squad and has been a session drummer on recordings of other artists.

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1950 Birth Born on August 8, 1950.


1964 13 Years Old DeVitto was born in New York City, of Italian ancestry, where his father was a police officer at the New York Police Department. He taught himself to play the drums after seeing The Beatles on their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. … Read More


1974 23 Years Old In 1974, he was living in Los Angeles and had already released Piano Man and Streetlife Serenade. … Read More
1976 25 Years Old …  Up to that point, he had the longest running tenure in Joel's band, starting with the recording of 1976's Turnstiles. … Read More


2009 58 Years Old On May 19, 2009, DeVitto filed a lawsuit in Manhattan's state Supreme Court claiming Joel and Sony Music owed DeVitto over 10 years worth of royalty payments. … Read More
2010 59 Years Old In April 2010, it was announced that Joel and DeVitto "amicably resolved" the lawsuit. … Read More


2013 62 Years Old Devitto appeared on the November/December 2013 cover of Making Music magazine to discuss his life and career.
2014 63 Years Old On October 23, 2014, DeVitto, Cannata, and Javors (with Stegmeyer, posthumously) were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, primarily for their work with Joel. … Read More
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