Fallon, who has made music an integral part of his shtick, takes the Tonight Show to a new level and makes it his own in a snazzy rendition of the song.
With Joel in a guest chair and Fallon behind the desk, the late night host whipped out an Apple iPad and schooled the “piano man” in a little digital technology.
The iPad app creates a musical loop that allowed them to record the harmony parts to the song. Joel, a naturally gifted musician who never finished high school, picked it right up.
He called for the key of D, and Fallon started it off. They created a pretty amazing rendition of the song. Surprisingly it was originally recorded in 1939 as a traditional South African folk song.
A slew of artists including The Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey and The Kingston Trio covered it in the 1950s. But doo-wop group The Tokens made it a hit with their 1961 version, which Fallon and Joel sing.
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