Billy Joel biography
Billy Joel is an American pianist and musician well known for having, he is commonly known as the “Piano Man”. He has been making music since the 1960s, releasing popular albums throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
Joel was enrolled at attended Hicksville High School until 1967, but he never graduated with his class. He then got back to returned to Hicksville High School fifty years after his would-be graduating class received their diplomas, delivering the honorary commencement address on 24th of June 2017. It was also the 25th anniversary of receiving his own diploma from the same High School. He later graduated well after his high school peers because of a missed English exam. Moreover, Joel as well earned his high school diploma that was finally awarded by the school board 25 years later. Since then, Joel has been presented with multiple honorary doctorates.
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Joel began his career with joining his first band, ‘The Echoes’, which later came to be known as ‘The Lost Souls’, where he recorded several of his instrumental pieces. He as well recorded the album ‘piano Man’ in Los Angeles with the Columbia Records in 1973, the pair later disbanded due to clashes over personal issues. The band later released its first album ‘The Hassles’ and soon they released their second album, ‘Hour of the Wolf’, the next year, both were unsuccessful commercially.
He later signed a solo recording contract with the Artie Ripp’s Family Productions in 1971 and later released his first solo album, ‘Cold Spring Harbor’. He then left ‘The Echoes’ (now ‘The Lost Souls’) and joined a new band ‘The Hassles’. After hearing the song, it prompted Columbia Records to find him out and offer him a recording contract with them. he thereafter got to West Coast to Los Angeles due to a contractual dispute and then played piano there at The Executive Room piano bar on Wilshire Boulevard under the name ‘Bill Martin’.
Cold Spring Harbor
The Columbia Records then re-issued the album after slowing it down to the correct speed which led to its emergence as a favorite concert package. They then recorded an album with ‘Epic records’ and debuted in July 1970. It then became his first top 20 single and first gold album. The Columbia Records later re-released his first album, ‘Cold Spring Harbor’. In 1976, he came back to New York and assembled a new band incorporating his self-chosen musicians.
He as well released his second album, ‘52nd Street’ which was branded as more sophisticated and jazzy. It was the first widespread appearance of music from his first album, ‘Cold Spring Harbor’. Also, it was a tribute to the popular American music of his teenage years and resulted in his second Billboard hit. In 1980, he released ‘Glass House’ which acquired the topmost position on the Billboard Album Chart, being there for six consecutive weeks.
‘The Innocent Man
In 1986, ‘The Bridge’ was released in which he collaborated with Ray Charles, Cyndi Lauper, and Steve Winwood. In 1983, he recorded an album, ‘The Innocent Man’. It yielded successful singles such as, ‘Matter of Trust’ and ‘A Modern Woman’. Additionally, in 1979, he then relocated to Cuba to participate in a three-day event, ‘Havana Jam Festival’ at the Karl Marx Theatre. In the same year, he got aboard on his first concert tour.
In the same year, Columbia Records released ‘All My Life’, which was his first new pop music since 1993. His live album was released in October, named ‘KOHUEPT’ (Russian for ‘Concert’). In 1987, he became the first American rock star to perform in the Soviet Union after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He then went on a musical expedition across the United States and happened to play 12-sold out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In the same year, Columbia Records came out with the ‘12 Gardens Live’, which was a compilation of his songs from the Madison Square Garden concert.
River of Dreams
Furthermore, Joel later released ‘River of Dreams’ which was his last pop album. With his two albums that were re-released by California Records namely, ‘Cold Spring Harbor’ and ‘Piano Man’ which included many previously unavailable studio tracks and live performances. He also performed in Moscow, Leningrad and Tbilisi. In 1989 he released ‘Storm Front’ with producer Mick Jones which carried the favorite single, ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’. It included his two famous singles, ‘To Make You Feel My Love’ and ‘Hey Girl’. In July he performed a free concert at Rome as a part of the European tour.
Billy Joel The Stranger
(The Stranger) is Billy Joel’s the fifth studio album that was released on September 1977 by Columbia Records. Therefore, it was the first of Joel’s albums to be produced by Phil Ramone, with whom he would go on to work for all of his albums up until his 1986 album The Bridge.
Joel was born on 9th of May 9, 1949, in The Bronx, New York, U.S. He is 72 years old as of 2021.
Billy Joel Photo
He was born to (Howard (born Helmut) Joel) a German-Jewish Holocaust survivor and an accomplished pianist, and wife Rosalind Nyman (mother). However, his family later relocated to the Levittown section of Hicksville on Long Island where he spent his childhood years.
Billy Joel Wife
Billy married Elizabeth Weber Small in 1973 who previously was the wife of his former music partner of the duo ‘Attila’, Jon Small. The pair later parted ways in 1982. He Later married supermodel Christie Brinkley with whom he has a daughter Alexa Ray Joel in 1985. However, the pair later divorced in 1994 but remained on friendly terms. Further, he then married
an American cookbook author, Katie Lee, who was 32 years younger than him. The pair later married after five years of their marriage. Although, the couple split up on June 17, 2009.
With his first marriage, the pair had a daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, was born December 29, 1985. Alexa was given her middle name of (Ray) after Ray Charles, one of Joel’s musical idols. With his wife Katie Lee, his third wife they had a second daughter, Remy Anne, on October 22, 2017.
Billy Joel Net Worth
Billy has an estimated net worth of $225 million.
Billy Joel Songs
- 1974 ‘Piano Man’ #25 US
- 1975 ‘The Entertainer’ #34 US
- 1978 ‘Just the Way You Are’ #3 US, #19 UK
- 1978 ‘Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
- 1978 ‘Only the Good Die Young
- 1978 ‘She’s Always a Woman
- 1978 ‘My Life
- 1979 ‘Big Shot
- 1979 ‘Honesty
- 1980 ‘All for Leyna
- 1980 ‘It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
- 1980 ‘Don’t Ask Me Why
- 1980 ‘Sometimes a Fantasy
- 1980 ‘You May Be Right
- 1981 ‘Say Goodbye to Hollywood
- 1982 ‘She’s Got a Way
- 1982 ‘Pressure
- 1983 ‘Allentown’
- 1983 ‘Uptown Girl’
- 1983 ‘Tell Her about It’
- 1983 ‘An Innocent Man’
- 1984 ‘The Longest Time
- 1985 ‘Keeping the Faith
- 1985 ‘You’re Only Human (Second Wind)
- 1986 ‘Modern Woman
- 1986 ‘This Is the Time
- 1986 ‘A Matter of Trust
- 1989 ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire
- 1990 ‘I Go to Extremes
- 1990 ‘And So It Goes
- 1992 ‘All Shook Up
- from River of Dreams
- 1993 ‘The River of Dreams
- 1993 ‘All About Soul
Billy Joel Albums
- Cold Spring Harbor
- Piano Man (1973)
- Streetlife Serenade (1974)
- Turnstiles (1976)
- The Stranger (1977)
- 52nd Street (1978)
- Glass Houses (1980)
- Songs in the Attic (Live) (1981)
- The Nylon Curtain (1982)
- An Innocent Man (1983)
- Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) (1984)
- The Bridge (1986)
- КОНЦЕРТ (Live) (1987)
- Storm Front (1989)
- River of Dreams (1993)
- Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 (1997) (compilation)
- The Complete Hits Collection: 1973-1997 (1997) (compilation) US sales: 1,000,000
- 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert (Live) (2000)
- Fantasies & Delusions (2001) (performed by Richard Joo)
- Ultimate Collection (2001) (compilation)
- Essential Billy Joel (2001) (compilation)
- Movin’ Out Original Broadway Cast Recording (2002) (performed by the cast of Movin’ Out)
- Piano Man: The Very Best Of (2004) (compilation)