Best known as Billy Joel's longtime drummer, Liberty DeVitto has also appeared as a session drummer on recordings for a variety of other artists. Born on August 8, 1950, in Brooklyn, NY, DeVitto grew up in Seaford, Long Island; and, after catching the Beatles on their infamous Ed Sullivan Show appearance in early 1964, was inspired to play the drums. Entirely self-taught, DeVitto began playing in local bands during high school, before landing gigs with Mitch Ryder and Richie Supa; the latter of whom invited the drummer to play on his obscure 1970 release, Supa's Jamboree. DeVitto was driving the group's equipment van one evening back form a gig, when he was involved in a serious accident which left him with injuries that prevented him from playing drums for nearly a year. DeVitto first gig back after his recovery was in a wedding band, which eventually led to the formation of a new group, Topper.