Liberty DeVitto
American musician
Liberty DeVitto
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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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Huffington Post - 3 months
"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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Summer Courtyard Concert Series - Mercer Space
Google News - over 5 years
From Billy Joel's bandmates Liberty DeVitto and Richie Cannata, to the Tower of Power horns along with great studio players, indie artists, and of course her own piano playing. Lisa Botalico Flamenca with Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre (August 18) Lisa
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Third Annual Waterson Dunham Valor Ride This Weekend - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Tomorrow night, Saturday, July 16, at The Crossroads the Dan Bruder Band is performing its only NJ area performance this summer with Liberty Devitto, John Ginty, Muddy Shews and Mike Maino. The band is part of the hit rock comedy web series "Who the
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Tomek Krawczyk & Grzegorz Krawczyk - NaszeMiasto.pl
Google News - over 5 years
Uczył się u takich perkusistów jak: Artur Malik, Dom Famularo, David Garibaldi, Liberty DeVitto, Atma Anur. Na jego sposób grania i nauczania wpływ miały również spotkania m.in. z: Czesławem Bartkowskim, Michałem Dąbrówką, Czarkiem Konradem,
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Norwalk rocks to the sounds of the '60s in summer concert series opener - Wilton Villager
Google News - over 5 years
Liberty Devitto on drums has recorded and toured with Billy Joel for 30 years. He's heard on Joel's classic albums, including "Turnstiles" and "The Stranger." Peter Chiusano on keyboards and orchestrations rounds out the line-up
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Camp Jam gears up for 2011 rock music summer camps - NorthFulton.com
Google News - almost 6 years
... professional instructors, Jammers will be treated to master classes and one-on-one interaction with Jeff Carlisi and other rock legends including Derek St. Holmes, vocalist and guitarist for Ted Nugent; Liberty DeVitto, drummer for Billy Joel;
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Camp Jam Gears Up for 2011 Rock Music Summer Camps - Business Wire (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
... professional instructors, Jammers will be treated to master classes and one-on-one interaction with Jeff Carlisi and other rock legends including Derek St. Holmes, vocalist and guitarist for Ted Nugent; Liberty DeVitto, drummer for Billy Joel;
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PLL's Torrey DeVitto is a Master Violinist - Wetpaint
Google News - almost 6 years
Torrey comes from a musical family and her dad, Liberty DeVitto, was a drummer for Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, and Stevie Nicks. We're guessing that's how Torrey got the gig with Nicks, but regardless, she's still very skilled
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Arts around the Mid-coast; April 28, 2011 - Times Record
Google News - almost 6 years
Performers include longtime Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto and Joseph Boucher on piano and vocals. Arrangements are by Christopher Eastburn. Tickets cost $16.50 through the State Theatre online at www.statetheatreportland.com,
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ABOUT LONG ISLAND; The Baymen's Friend
NYTimes - over 26 years
LEAD: HIS compact frame perched atop an overturned plastic milk carton container, Billy Joel sat on the dock of a bay, watching the tide roll away. Talking about the Island, and enjoying the sea breeze on the tiny dock behind the backstage area of the Jones Beach outdoor theater, Mr. Joel seemed oblivious to the frenzied activity behind him. A wall
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Liberty DeVitto
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 63
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter, DeVitto, Cannata, and Javors officially formed The Lords of 52nd Street band; the band also includes a pianist and lead vocalist, keyboardist, and a guitarist, and plays faithful renditions of the recorded Joel originals.
  • 2013
    Age 62
    Devitto appeared on the November/December 2013 cover of Making Music magazine to discuss his life and career.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 59
    In April 2010, it was announced that Joel and DeVitto "amicably resolved" the lawsuit.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, DeVitto signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and instruction to children in underserved public schools throughout the U.S.A. Liberty has personally delivered instruments to children in the program, performed at benefit events for the cause and sits on the organization's Honorary Board of Directors. DeVitto is the father of actress and model Torrey DeVitto. All albums listed are Billy Joel releases unless otherwise noted.
  • 2009
    Age 58
    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.
    More Details Hide Details DeVitto has never been given songwriting credit on any of Joel's songs, but he claims that he helped write some of them. DeVitto's lawyer added that he does not know exactly how much DeVitto is owed, and that Joel's record sales are subject to an audit.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 25
    Up to that point, he had the longest running tenure in Joel's band, starting with the recording of 1976's Turnstiles.
    More Details Hide Details He currently endorses Mapex drums, pedals & hardware, Sabian cymbals, Evans drumheads, Latin Percussion and Pro-Mark drumsticks. He has endorsed Tama Drums, Zildjian cymbals and Remo drumheads in the past.
  • 1974
    Age 23
    In 1974, he was living in Los Angeles and had already released Piano Man and Streetlife Serenade.
    More Details Hide Details He used studio musicians for the recording and different guys out on the road. I was playing in a band called Topper with Doug Stegmeyer and he got the gig to play bass with Billy on the "Streetlife" tour. He told Doug that he wanted to move back to New York and find a permanent band he could record and tour with on a regular basis. Doug recommended me because Billy was looking for a New York-type drummer, aggressive and hard hitting, and the rest is history. The three of us recorded the basic tracks for Turnstiles and we both recommended Russell Javors and Howie Emerson, who played guitars in Topper and with the addition of Richie Cannata on saxophone, the "Billy Joel Band" was born. In addition to his work with Joel, DeVitto has also been an active session musician working with other big acts such as Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Karen Carpenter, Stevie Nicks, Rick Wakeman, Bob James and Meat Loaf.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1964
    Age 13
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was also influenced as a teenager by rock drummer Dino Danelli. DeVitto got his big break in the music business when he was hired to play drums for Billy Joel in the late 1970s. In an online interview, DeVitto describes how Joel's classic late 1970s-early 1980s band first came together: Billy and I used to play the same club in Plainview, Long Island, called "My House." He was 17 and in a band called The Hassles and I was 16 and in a band called The New Rock Workshop. We would watch each other play and acknowledge each other in passing.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on August 8, 1950.
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