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Billy Joel

About

William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, composer and songwriter. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man" after his single and signature song of the same name, he has led a commercially successful career as a solo artist since the 1970s, having released 12 pop and rock studio albums from 1971 to 1993 as well as one studio album of classical compositions in 2001. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the seventh-best-selling recording artist and the fourth-best-selling solo artist in the United States, with over 160 million records sold worldwide. His 1985 compilation album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2, is one of the best-selling albums in the United States.Born in The Bronx, Joel grew up on Long Island, where both places influenced his music. Growing up, he took piano lessons at his mother's insistence. After dropping out of high school to pursue a music career, Joel took part in two short-lived bands, The Hassles and Attila, before signing a record deal with Family Productions and kicking off a solo career in 1971 with his first release Cold Spring Harbor. In 1972, Joel caught the attention of Columbia Records after a live radio performance of the song "Captain Jack" became popular in Philadelphia, prompting him to sign a new record deal with the company and release his second album, Piano Man, in 1973. After releasing the albums Streetlife Serenade and Turnstiles in 1974 and 1976 respectively, Joel released his critical and commercial breakthrough album, The Stranger, in 1977. This album became Columbia's best-selling release, selling over 10 million copies and spawning several hit singles, including "Just the Way You Are", "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)", "Only the Good Die Young", and "She's Always a Woman"; another song on this album, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant", is Joel's favorite of his own songs and has become a staple of his live shows.Joel's next album, 52nd Street, was released in 1978 and became his first album to peak at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Joel released his seventh studio album, Glass Houses, in 1980 in an attempt to further establish himself as a rock artist; this release featured "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" (Joel's first single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart), "You May Be Right", "Don't Ask Me Why", and "Sometimes a Fantasy". His next album, The Nylon Curtain, was released in 1982, and stemmed from a desire from Joel to create more lyrically and melodically ambitious music. An Innocent Man, released in 1983, served as an homage to genres of music which Joel had grown up with in the 1950s, such as rhythm and blues and doo-wop; this release featured "Uptown Girl" and "The Longest Time", two of his best-known songs. After releasing the albums The Bridge and Storm Front in 1986 and 1989 respectively, Joel released his twelfth studio album, River of Dreams, in 1993. He went on to release Fantasies and Delusions, a 2001 album featuring classical compositions composed by Joel and performed by British-Korean pianist Richard Hyung-ki Joo. Joel provided voiceover work in 1988 for the Disney animated film Oliver & Company, in which he played the character Dodger with his song, "Why Should I Worry?", and contributed to the soundtracks to several different films, including Easy Money, Ruthless People, and Honeymoon in Vegas.

Across the 20 years of his solo career, Joel produced 33 top 40 hits in the U.S., all of which he wrote himself, and three of which ("It's Still Rock and Roll to Me", "Tell Her About It", and "We Didn't Start the Fire") peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Joel has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards, winning five of them, including Album of the Year for 52nd Street. Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006). In 2001, Joel received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2013, Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors for influencing American culture through the arts. Since the advent of his solo career, Joel has had a successful touring career, holding live performances across the globe. In 1987, he became one of the first artists to hold a rock tour in the Soviet Union following the country's alleviation of the ban on rock music. Despite largely retiring from writing and releasing pop music following the release of River of Dreams, he continues to tour; he frequently performs at Madison Square Garden.

Articles

July 1, 2022

Born in the U.S.A.: Top 50 Stars of the 50 States (Staff Picks)

From Billy Joel’s New York state of mind to the Beach Boys being synonymous with sunny California, each state has given us some amazing music. In honor of July 4th, Billboard has (subjectively) chosen a top star (or stars) to fly the flag for each of the 50 states. In most cases, the representative artist […]

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June 21, 2022

Billy Joel Announces One-Off Stadium Show In Australia

The imposing Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will host Billy Joel on Dec. 10.

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April 29, 2022

Kendall Roy’s ‘Succession’ cover of Billy Joel given official release

Relive season three with a full-length version of Jeremy Strong's character covering the 1978 track The post Kendall Roy’s ‘Succession’ cover of Billy Joel given official release appeared first on NME.

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April 29, 2022

Kendall’s Succession Cover of Billy Joel’s “Honesty” Gets Official Release: Listen

The song appears on Nicholas Britell’s season 3 soundtrack for the hit HBO series

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April 18, 2022

Billy Joel Tested Song Catalog Sale at Record-High Multiples

Sources say the catalog was shopped with an initial pricing suggestion that may have hit $400 million.

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April 15, 2022

Billy Joel Settles Lawsuit That Claimed He Ripped Off Home Renovation Plans

The Piano Man was sued after he fired a contractor who was renovating his 12,000 square-foot beach front mansion on Long Island.

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March 25, 2022

Happy Birthday, Elton! Dua Lipa, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel and More Than 40 Artists Reveal Their Favorite Elton John Songs

Sting, Sheryl Crow, Annie Lennox, Brandi Carlile, Jimmy Buffett, Keith Urban and Lionel Richie and many more also weigh in with their selections.

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March 10, 2022

New Billy Joel Biopic Is Missing One Thing: Support From Billy Joel

The film is based on the life rights of Irwin Marzur, who discovered Joel

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March 10, 2022

Billy Joel Biopic ‘Piano Man’ Greenlit Without Rights to His Music or Likeness

As a result, the music needs for the film have "yet to be determined," per 'Variety.'

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March 10, 2022

Billy Joel biopic in the works without his involvement or music

Joel hasn’t granted the rights to his music, name or life story for the project The post Billy Joel biopic in the works without his involvement or music appeared first on NME.

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March 1, 2022

Ed Sheeran Returns to No. 1 on the Artist 100 Chart, Billy Joel Debuts

This is Sheeran's 14th week as the top musical act in the U.S. Plus, Beach House debuts at No. 10.

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February 27, 2022

Watch Billy Joel cover ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ in tribute to Gary Brooker

The Piano Man celebrated the life of the Procol Harum singer during a Vegas show this weekend The post Watch Billy Joel cover ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ in tribute to Gary Brooker appeared first on NME.

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February 27, 2022

See Billy Joel Pay Tribute to Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker With ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ Cover

Piano Man delivers moving rendition of oft-covered 1967 classic at Las Vegas show Saturday following Brooker's death earlier this week

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January 6, 2022

11 Acts We’d Like to See at Desert Trip II – From U2 to David Gilmour and The Kinks

If a second Oldchella happens, might the organizers finally reunite the Kinks? How about Fleetwood Mac with Lindsey Buckingham or Billy Joel and Elton John?

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December 4, 2021

Listen to Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin’s kazoo-laced cover of Billy Joel’s ‘Big Shot’

The sixth instalment of their 2021 'Hanukkah Sessions' comes with a bit of extra buzz The post Listen to Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin’s kazoo-laced cover of Billy Joel’s ‘Big Shot’ appeared first on NME.

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December 4, 2021

Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin Bust Out Kazoos for Cover of Billy Joel’s ‘Big Shot’

Foo Fighters frontman and producer mark sixth night of Hanukkah Sessions with tribute to "one of the great Jews of musical scripture"

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November 29, 2021

Taylor Swift says Billy Joel comparing her to The Beatles “broke my brain”

"I don't really know how to process words like that from someone like him" The post Taylor Swift says Billy Joel comparing her to The Beatles “broke my brain” appeared first on NME.

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November 6, 2021

Billy Joel Resumes Monthly Madison Square Garden Residency With Magical Evening of Hits and Fan Favorites

"I want to thank you for waiting since March of 2020," Joel told the crowd. "Sorry we had to shut everything down, but now we're back!"

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October 28, 2021

Hear Billy Joel’s ‘New York State of Mind’ From Upcoming 1975 Live LP

Piano Man's engineer talks the roots of Turnstiles classic ahead of The Vinyl Collection, Vol.1 release

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October 25, 2021

Celebrating Toad’s Place, the New Haven Club Where Dylan, Springsteen & The Stones Came to Play

For nearly five decades, the music club Toad’s Place in New Haven, Conn. has earned an outsized national reputation that has drawn superstars including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel -- and most memorably the Rolling Stones -- to its 750-capacity room.

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October 25, 2021

While Headline Tours Struggle, Festivals Fuel the Concert Biz Comeback

This fall the Eagles, Billy Joel and others have seen no-show rates as high as 25% for some concerts -- but outdoor festivals are a brightspot for the touring business.

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October 17, 2021

Ronnie Tutt, Drummer for Elvis Presley and the Jerry Garcia Band, Dead at 83

In-demand musician also played on Billy Joel's hit "Piano Man," Buckingham Nicks and Gram Parsons' solo LPs

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Discs

Billy Joel - Memories

June 24, 2022

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Billy Joel - Narratives

May 27, 2022

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50 Years of the Piano Man

April 8, 2022

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Billy Joel - Places

February 18, 2022

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New York State of Mind / Everybody Loves You Now (Live at The Great American Music Hall)

October 28, 2021

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A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia: The Music (Live)

May 19, 2014

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Live At Shea Stadium

March 8, 2011

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12 Gardens Live

June 13, 2006

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2000 Years - The Millennium Concert

May 2, 2000

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River Of Dreams

August 10, 1993

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Storm Front

October 17, 1989

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Kohuept (Live)

October 26, 1987

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The Bridge

July 28, 1986

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An Innocent Man

August 8, 1983

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The Nylon Curtain

June 23, 1982

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Songs In the Attic

September 14, 1981

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Glass Houses

March 12, 1980

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52nd Street

October 13, 1978

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The Stranger

September 29, 1977

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The Stranger (Legacy Edition)

January 1, 1977

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Turnstiles

May 19, 1976

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Streetlife Serenade

October 11, 1974

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Piano Man

November 9, 1973

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Piano Man (Legacy Edition)

November 7, 1973

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Cold Spring Harbor

November 1, 1971

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