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October 14, 2018
The real 'Captain Jack'?

Mystery question answered? Most BILLY JOEL fans know the song 'Captain Jack' from his 2nd (1973) solo album, 'Piano Man'. But who or what was BILLY JOEL referring to? Jack Daniels whiskey? Heroin? Neither, BILLY JOEL was referring to a drug dealer he observed while living at the 'Top of the Harbour' apartments in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, in the late 1960's, and 'mighthave been singing about former drug dealer Jack Scala, 'who claims' to be the 'Captain Jack' BILLY JOEL is singing about in the song. But there's one problem. This Jack was living in West Babylon, Long Island, New York at the time. Mmmm?

                                                          imagesCAEKS0LL-music_symbol_pink_58_x_54.jpg Captain Jack will get you high tonight
                                                                      And take you to your special island,
                                                                      Captain Jack will get you by tonight
                                                                     Just a push and you'll be smilin'

                                                                    Jack Scala - aka 'Captain Jack' (2018)
                                                                    Photo: Jon Brett