It was 40 years ago today (March 12th, 1980) that Glass Houses, Billy Joel's seventh album, and second straight chart-topper was released. The album — which was Billy's third to be produced by the late-Phil Ramone — was a more rock and new wave-inspired set than 1978's Grammy Award-winning 52nd Street collection, and went on to sell over seven million copies in the U.S. alone.
Glass Houses was propelled by the massive hits pulled from the set — including Billy's first chart-topper “It's Still Rock And Roll To Me”; the album opener and lead single “You May Be Right,” which hit Number Seven; “Don't Ask Me Why” which peaked at Number 19 — but was a two-week chart-topper on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart; and the album's final single — “Sometimes A Fantasy,” which barely squeaked into the Top 40, stalling at Number 39. In the UK “All For Leyna” was released as as single and also underperformed, stalling at Number 39.
The album marked the last to featured the classic version of the Billy Joel Band including drummer Liberty DeVitto, the late-bassist Doug Stegmeyer, guitarists Russell Javors and David Brown, with saxophonist and keyboardist Richie Cannata — who after the Glass Houses tour was replaced by Mark Rivera.