Tonight’s mystery artist wrote a song and then years later realized it was about his feeling towards the father that had abandoned his family. Think you can guess the artist or the song?

According to songfacts this story was told to Howard Stern by Billy Joel. The story is, before Billy was born his father had fled Austria to America to escape the Holocaust. However, when the war was over he divorced Billy’s mother and left Billy and his family to return to Austria where he would eventually start a new family. When Billy appeared on The Howard Stern show in 2010, Joel revealed:

I don't always know what a song is about when I write it, and I came to realize that I was dealing with his feelings about my father in this song (Vienna).

Billy also names Vienna as one of his favorite songs.

Here he is with tonight's featured song.

And as a bonus here is Vienna which he dedicates to his Father.