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Billy Joel agrees to 'New York State of Mind' duet with college freshman at Vanderbilt University (Video)

By Gina DiFalco,

Billy Joel made a college freshman’s dreams come true when he agreed to perform a duet of “New York State of Mind” with him at Vanderbilt University.

The student, Michael Pollack, asked the singer during a Q&A session if he would perform his favorite song with him, and to his delight, he agreed.

"I was wondering if I could play it with you. I would accompany you, that is," he asked, USA Today reports.

Pollack played the piano and Joel sang his hit song, and at the end he got the utmost compliment. "That's Michael Pollack, remember that name," Joel said. "Nice going, Michael! Guy's got chops. ... Good luck to you, Michael. I think you're gonna do fine.”

Pollack told Inside Vandy that Joel was a “childhood idol of mine.” He also spoke of their interaction right before they started playing, saying “we spoke about the arrangement for about 15 seconds — he just went through what he wanted me to play — and then from there, it was just … foggy. It’s hard to remember.”

He called it “probably the greatest moment of my life, up to date.”

 
 

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