born on 5/3/1948 in Long Island, NY, United States
Richie Cannata (born March 3, 1949) is an American music producer, multi-instrumentalist and studio owner. He is most notable for playing saxophone in the Billy Joel band alongside Doug Stegmeyer and Liberty DeVitto. After leaving the band in 1981, he opened Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York. Artists including Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have recorded in Cannata's studio.
Cannata played in Tommy Shaw's band in the mid-80s, performing on Shaw's first three solo albums.
In the mid-1990s Cannata toured with The Beach Boys, playing saxophone, woodwinds and synthesizers. In 2006, Cannata returned with Joel, most notably for the record-setting 12-show run at Madison Square Garden.
- Billy Joel Band
Billy Joel album credits
- 1976 Turnstiles
- 1977 The Stranger
- 1978 52nd Street
- 1980 Glass Houses
- 1981 Songs in the Attic
- 1985 Greatest Hits Volume I & II
- 1993 River of Dreams
- 1997 Greatest Hits Volume III