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Encyclopedia > Billy Joel
Billy Joel
Billy Joel live on November 7, 2006.
Billy Joel live on November 7, 2006.
Background information
Birth name William Joseph Martin Joel
Also known as Bill Martin
The Piano Man
Born May 9, 1949 (1949-05-09) (age 58)
Origin Hicksville, New York, United States
Genre(s) Rock, pop, piano rock, classical
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instrument(s) Vocals
Piano
Keyboards
Guitar
Harmonica
Accordian
Years active 1964 - Present
Label(s) Columbia
Associated acts Echoes, The Hassles, Attila , The Shangri-Las, Elton John
Website BillyJoel.com

William Joseph Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. He released his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973. According to the RIAA, he is the sixth best-selling recording artist in the United States.[1] Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 469 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1460 × 1864 pixel, file size: 3. ... is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hicksville is a hamlet and census-designated place in Nassau County, New York, United States. ... This article is about the state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the genre. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... Piano rock, sometimes referred to as piano pop, is a term for a style of rock music that is based around the piano, and sometimes around piano-related instruments, such as the Fender Rhodes, the Wurlitzer electric piano, and keyboard-based synthesizers, rather than the guitar as is the case... This article is about Western art music from 1000 AD to the present. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... For the popular-music magazine, see Musician (magazine). ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making music. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... The layout of a typical musical keyboard A musical keyboard is the set of adjacent depressible levers on a musical instrument which cause the instrument to produce sounds. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A harmonica is a free reed wind instrument. ... a piano accordion An accordion is a small portable free-reed wind instrument with a keyboard, the smallest representative of the organ family. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd, a boxed set of music by Pink Floyd Echoes, a song by Pink Floyd Echoes, a radio programme The plural of echo This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Attila is the name of a band featuring a young Billy Joel. ... The Shangri-Las on the cover of a modern collection of their works. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Piano Man track listing Travelin Prayer (1) Piano Man (2) Aint No Crime (3) Piano Man was Billy Joels first major hit, and is considered Joels signature song. ... The RIAA Logo. ...


Joel had Top 10 hits in the '70s, '80s, and '90s; is a six-time Grammy Award winner; and has sold in excess of 150 million albums worldwide.[2] He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (Class of 1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Class of 1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (Class of 2006). Joel "retired" from recording pop music in 1993 but continued to tour (sometimes with Elton John). In 2001 he subsequently released Fantasies & Delusions, a CD of classical compositions for piano. In 2007 he returned to recording with a single entitled "All My Life", followed by an extensive "World Tour" from 2005-2008, covering many of the major world cities. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Songwriters Hall of Fame is an arm of the National Academy of Popular Music. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is an organization located in Lake Grove, New York. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Fantasies & Delusions is the first album of Billy Joels classical compositions, released in 2001. ...

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Biography

Early years

Born in the Bronx, New York, Joel was raised in Hicksville, New York. His father Howard (born Helmut) was originally from Germany, where his father (Billy Joel's grandfather) Karl Amson Joel had owned a department store which he was forced to sell under value to avoid being dispossessed by the Nazis. The new owners turned this into a large mail order business in the 1950s (Neckermann). His mother, Rosalind Nyman, was born in England, to a Jewish family (Philip and Rebecca Nyman). His parents divorced in 1960, and his father moved back to Vienna, Austria. Billy has a sister, Judith Joel, and a half-brother Alexander Joel, who is an acclaimed classical pianist and conductor in Europe, now living in California.[3] The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of United States. ... Hicksville is a hamlet and census-designated place in Nassau County, New York, United States. ... Karl Amson Joel (1889 - c. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Vienna (disambiguation). ...


Joel's father was an accomplished classical pianist. Billy reluctantly began piano lessons at an early age at his mother's insistence, including with the noted American pianist Morton Estrin[4] and musician/songwriter Timothy Ford. His interest in music instead of sports was the source of teasing and bullying in his early years. (He has said in interviews that his piano instructor also taught ballet. This led neighborhood bullies to mistakenly think he was learning to dance.) As a teenager, Joel took up boxing so that he would be able to defend himself. He boxed successfully on the amateur Golden Gloves circuit for a short time (winning twenty-two bouts), but abandoned the sport shortly after having his nose broken in his twenty-fourth boxing match.[citation needed] Morton Estrin, the noted American pianist, was born in Burlington, Vermont in 1923. ... For other meanings of these words, see boxing (disambiguation) or boxer. ... Golden Gloves The Golden Gloves is the name given to annual competitions for amateur boxing in the United States. ...


Joel attended Hicksville High School, and he was supposed to graduate in 1967. However, he was one English credit short of the graduation requirement; he overslept on the day of an important exam owing to his late-night musician's lifestyle.[5] Faced with a summer in school to complete this requirement, he decided not to continue. He left high school without a diploma to begin a career in music. Despite the Vietnam War and the draft, Joel performed no military service — because he was the sole provider for his mother and sister, the selective service gave him a draft exemption.[citation needed] In 1992, the English credit requirement was waived by the Hicksville School Board and he received his diploma at Hicksville High's graduation ceremony 25 years after he left the school.[5] Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... “Conscript” redirects here. ... The Selective Service System is the means by which the United States administers military conscription. ...


Early career

Upon seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, Joel decided to pursue a full-time musical career, and set about finding a local Long Island band to join. Eventually he found the Echoes, a group that specialized in British Invasion covers. The Echoes became a popular New York attraction, convincing him to quit high school to become a professional musician. He began playing for the Echoes when he was 14 years old.[6] The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ... Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd, a boxed set of music by Pink Floyd Echoes, a song by Pink Floyd Echoes, a radio programme The plural of echo This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ...


Joel began playing recording sessions with the Echoes in 1965, when he was 16 years old. Joel played piano on several recordings Shadow Morton produced, including (as Joel claimed, denied by songwriter Ellie Greenwich) the Shangri-Las' Leader of the Pack, as well as several records released through Kama Sutra Productions. During this time, the Echoes started to play numerous late-night shows. George Shadow Morton was an American record producer, based in New York City. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Shangri-Las on the cover of a modern collection of their works. ... Leader of the Pack is a 1964 pop song recorded by girl group The Shangri-Las. ... Kama Sutra Records was started in 1964 as Kama Sutra Productions, a production house. ...


Later in 1965, the Echoes changed their name to the Emeralds and then to the Lost Souls. For two years, he played sessions and performed with the Lost Souls. In 1967, he left that band to join the Hassles, a local Long Island band that had signed a contract with United Artists Records. Over the next year and a half, they released The Hassles in 1967 and Hour of the Wolf in 1968, and four singles, all of which failed commercially. Following The Hassles' demise in 1969, he formed the duo Attila with Hassles drummer Jon Small. Attila released their eponymous debut album in July 1970 and disbanded the following October. United Artists Records was a record label founded by United Artists soon after its own founding in 1919 to distribute soundtracks from its movies. ... Attila is the name of a band featuring a young Billy Joel. ...


In late 1975, he played piano and organ on several tracks on Bo Diddley's The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star album. Bo Diddley (born December 30, 1928) aka The Originator, is an influential American rock and roll singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ...


Most records are owned by the recording company. Billy Joel is one of a number of performers — such as Paul Simon, Johnny Rivers, Pink Floyd, Queen, Genesis, and Neil Diamond — who have their own name as the copyright owner on their recordings.[citation needed] Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Johnny Rivers (born John Henry Ramistella, 7 November 1942, in New York) is an American rock and roll singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1971 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and occasional actor. ... Not to be confused with copywriting. ...


Cold Spring Harbor (1971)

Joel signed his first solo record contract with Artie Ripp of Family Productions, and subsequently recorded his first solo album. Cold Spring Harbor (a reference to the Long Island town of the same name), was released in 1971. However, the album was mastered at the wrong speed, and the album was initially released with this error, resulting in Joel's sounding a semitone too high. The onerous terms of the Family Productions contract also guaranteed him very little money from the sales of his albums. Cold Spring Harbor was Billy Joels first solo album, and was released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... Cold Spring Harbor is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Suffolk County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. ...


Hits such as "She's Got a Way" and "Everybody Loves You Now" were originally released on this album, though they did not gain much attention until released as live performances in 1981 on Songs in the Attic. Since then they have become big concert numbers. Cold Spring Harbor got a second chance on the charts in 1983, when Columbia reissued the album after slowing it down to the correct speed. The album reached #158 in the US and #95 in the UK nearly a year later. Cold Spring Harbor caught the attention of Merrilee Rush ("Angel of the Morning") and she recorded a femme version of "She’s Got a Way (He’s Got a Way)" for Scepter Records in 1971. Songs in the Attic is the first live album by Billy Joel, released in 1981. ... Merrilee Rush is probably best known as the singer of Angel of the Morning, a top-10 charting song which earned her a Grammy nomination for Female Vocalist Of The Year. ... Scepter Records was started in 1959 by Florence Greenberg. ...


In addition, a Philadelphia radio station, WMMR-FM, started playing a tape of a new song of Joel's, "Captain Jack", taken from a live concert. It became an underground hit on the East Coast. Herb Gordon, an executive of Columbia Records, heard Joel's music and made his company aware of Joel's talent. Joel signed a recording contract with Columbia in 1972 and moved to Los Angeles. He lived there for three years (and has since stated those three years were a big mistake), returning to New York City in 1975. While in California, he had a paying job in a piano bar (using the name Bill Martin), so his superhit "Piano Man" is seen as autobiographical. Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... WMMR is a rock radio station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, broadcasting at 93. ... Captain Jack is a song by Billy Joel, featuring on his 1973 album Piano Man. ... A concert is a live performance, usually of music, before an audience. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Piano Man (1973)

Main article: Piano Man (album)

Joel's experiences in Los Angeles connected him with record company executives, who bought out his contract with Ripp with the condition that the "Family Productions" logo be displayed alongside the Columbia logo for the next five albums. Also in the contract was the agreement that Family Productions would receive a 25 cent royalty for every album Joel sold, which would come back to haunt him when he hit it big. His brief tenure in Los Angeles also inspired his signature song "Piano Man." The album Piano Man was released in late 1973 and was certified Gold. To this day it has sold over four million copies. However, owing to the large sums of money involved in the legal tangles of the contract buyout, Joel netted less than $7,000 in profit from his certified Gold record. Although this album is best known for its title track, several other songs include "Captain Jack," "The Ballad of Billy the Kid" and "You're My Home" (the b-side of the "Piano Man" single, which would later be covered by Helen Reddy, who would release it as the flipside of her single "Keep On Singing"), all of which would become staples of Joel's live shows. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Piano Man track listing Travelin Prayer (1) Piano Man (2) Aint No Crime (3) Piano Man was Billy Joels first major hit, and is considered Joels signature song. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with RIAA certification. ... The Ballad of Billy the Kid is a Billy Joel song from the album Piano Man (1973). ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... 2003 Greatest Hits compilation Helen Reddy (born October 25, 1941 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian pop singer and actor. ...


As recently as of November 2007, the song "Piano Man" was in the top 99 rock songs on the iTunes Music Store.[citation needed]


Streetlife Serenade (1974)

Main article: Streetlife Serenade

Joel remained in Los Angeles to write Streetlife Serenade, his second album on the Columbia label. References to both suburbia and the inner city pepper the album. The standout track on the album is "The Entertainer," which picks up thematically where "Piano Man" left off. Joel was upset that "Piano Man" had been significantly edited down in order to make it more radio-friendly, and in "The Entertainer," he refers to the edit with sarcastic lines such as, "If you're gonna have a hit, you gotta make it fit, so they cut it down to 3:05." This refers to the album version of this song which is 5:37, and the edited single which is 3:05.[citation needed] Although Streetlife Serenade is often considered one of Joel's weaker albums (Joel has confirmed his distaste for the album), it nonetheless contains some notable tracks including the title track, with "Los Angelenos" and the instrumental "The Mexican Connection." It also marked the beginning of a more confident vocal style on Joel's part. Streetlife Serenade was Billy Joels third album, and his second with Columbia Records. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Suburb. ... The term inner-city is often applied to the poorer parts at the centre of a major city. ... Piano Man track listing Travelin Prayer (1) Piano Man (2) Aint No Crime (3) Piano Man was Billy Joels first major hit, and is considered Joels signature song. ... Piano Man track listing Travelin Prayer (1) Piano Man (2) Aint No Crime (3) Piano Man was Billy Joels first major hit, and is considered Joels signature song. ... An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or recording without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. ...


Turnstiles (1976)

Main article: Turnstiles

Disenchanted with the L.A. musical scene, Joel returned to New York in 1975. There he recorded Turnstiles, on which Joel used his own hand-picked musicians in the studio for the first time, and took a more hands-on role. Songs were initially recorded at Caribou Ranch with members of Elton John's band and produced by famed Chicago producer James William Guercio, but Joel was dissatisfied with the results. The songs were re-recorded in New York and Joel took over, producing the album himself. The minor hit "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" echoed the Phil Spector sound, and was covered by Ronnie Spector. The album also featured the song, "New York State of Mind," a bluesy, jazzy epic that has become one of Joel's signature songs and was later covered by fellow Columbia labelmates Barbra Streisand on her 1977 Streisand Superman album and as a duet with Tony Bennett on his 2001 "Playing with My friends: Bennett Sings The Blues" album. Other songs on the album include "Summer, Highland Falls," and "Miami 2017 (I've Seen the Lights Go out on Broadway)." Songs such as "Prelude/Angry Young Man" would become a mainstay of his concerts for years. Turnstiles was the fourth album by Billy Joel, released in 1976 (1976 in music). ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... James William Guercio (born in 1945 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American music producer, musician and songwriter (occasionally credited as Jim Guercio), and is probably best known for his work as the producer of Chicagos early albums. ... Harvey Philip Spector (born December 26, 1939) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. ... Ronnie Spector (born Veronica Yvette Bennett, 10 August 1943, in New York City) was the lead singer of the girl group The Ronettes, and is known as the original bad girl of rock and roll. From a very young age, she took to singing and her large, close family encouraged... Barbara Joan Streisand (pronounced STRY-sand, IPA: ; born April 24, 1942) is a two time Academy Award-winning American singer and film and theatre actress. ... Superman (R. Snyder) - 2:47 Dont Believe What You Read (B. Streisand / R. Nagle / G. Mathews) - 3:37 Baby Me Baby (R. Miller) - 4:26 I Found You Love (A. Gordon) - 3:50 Answer Me (B. Streisand / P. Williams / K. Ascher) - 3:16 My Heart Belongs To Me (A... For other persons named Tony Bennett, see Tony Bennett (disambiguation). ...


The Stranger (1977)

Main article: The Stranger (album)

For his album The Stranger, Columbia Records united Joel with producer Phil Ramone. The album yielded four Top 40 hits on the Billboard Charts in the US, "Just the Way You Are" (#3), "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" (#17), "Only the Good Die Young" (#24), and "She's Always a Woman" (#17). Album sales exceeded Columbia's previous top album, Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water, and was certified multi-platinum. It was Joel's first Top Ten album, as it rose to #2 on the charts. Phil Ramone subsequently produced every Billy Joel studio release until 1989's Storm Front. The Stranger is the fifth studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). ... Phil Ramone is a violinist, composer, recording engineer, and innovative record producer born in 1934. ... On January 4, 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and on July 20, 1940 the first Music Popularity Chart was calculated. ... Bridge Over Troubled Water was Simon and Garfunkels last album; the title track was their only number one hit in the United Kingdom. ... Bridge Over Troubled Water is an album by Simon and Garfunkel released on January 26, 1970. ... Storm Front is the eleventh studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1989. ...


The Stranger netted Joel Grammy nominations, for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year, for "Just the Way You Are," which was written as a gift to his wife Elizabeth. He won for the latter two. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Grammy Award for Album of the Year has been awarded since 1959. ... The Song of the Year is one of the two most prestigious awards in the Grammies, if not in all of the music industry. ... The Record of the Year is an award created by record producer Jonathan King voted for by the UK public. ... Just the Way You Are is a love song from Billy Joels 1977 pop rock album, The Stranger. ...


52nd Street (1978)

Main article: 52nd Street (album)

Joel faced high expectations on his next album. 52nd Street was conceived as a day in Manhattan, and was named after the famous street of same name which hosted many of the world's premier jazz venues and performers throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Fans purchased over seven million copies on the strength of the hits "My Life" (#3), "Big Shot" (#14), and "Honesty" (#24). This helped 52nd Street become Joel's first #1 album. "My Life" eventually became the theme song for a new US television sitcom, Bosom Buddies, which featured actor Tom Hanks in one of his earliest roles. 52nd Street was the first album to be released on Compact Disc in Japan (1982). The album won Grammys for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Album of the Year. 52nd Street is the sixth studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1978. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... 52nd Street, properly West 52nd Street, is a cross street in Manhattan in the Broadway district known as Swing Street, the street of jazz, the street that never sleeps or, simply, the street. The blocks of 52nd Street between 5th and 7th avenues were renowned in the mid 20th century... My Life is a song by Bill Kima that first appeared on his 2006 album 52nd Street. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Bosom Buddies is an American sitcom starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari created by Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller and Chris Thompson. ... Thomas Jeffrey Tom Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is a two-time Academy Award-, two-time Emmy-, four-time Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning American film actor, director, voice-over artist, writer and film producer. ... CD redirects here. ... The Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1966. ...


Despite all the cover art for the album showing Joel holding a trumpet, he does not play the instrument on the album, though two tracks on the album do feature trumpets. Freddie Hubbard plays two solos in "Zanzibar" and joins Jon Faddis in the horn section for "Half a Mile Away." Frederick Dewayne Hubbard (born April 7, 1938 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American jazz trumpeter. ... Jon Faddis, born on July 24, 1953 in Oakland, California, is an American jazz trumpet player. ...


Glass Houses (1980)

Main article: Glass Houses

The success of his piano-driven ballads like "Just the Way You Are" and "Honesty" never sat well with him. With Glass Houses, Joel attacked the new wave popularity with aplomb. The front cover consisted of Joel's real-life modern glass house. The album spent 6 weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart and yielded such classics as "You May Be Right" (#7, May 1980), "Close To The Borderline" (B-side of the "You May Be Right" single), "Don't Ask Me Why" (#19, September 1980), "Sometimes a Fantasy" (#36, November 1980) and "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me", which became Joel's first Billboard #1 song in July, 1980. Glass Houses won the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male. It would also win the American Music Award for Favorite Album, Pop/Rock category. Glass Houses is an album by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ... You May Be Right is a single written and performed rock singer Billy Joel from his 1980 album Glass Houses. ...


Songs in the Attic (1981)

Main article: Songs in the Attic

His next release, Songs in the Attic, was composed of live performances of less well-known songs from the beginning of his career. Songs in the Attic was recorded during arena and club shows in June and July of 1980. This release introduced many fans, who just discovered Joel when The Stranger became a smash in 1977, to many of his earlier compositions. The album reached #8 on the Billboard chart and produced two hit singles: "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" (#17), and "She's Got a Way" (#23). It sold in excess of 3 million copies. Though not as successful as some of his previous albums, the album was still considered a success by Joel[citation needed]. The track "Los Angelenos" was recorded live at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT in July of 1980. Songs in the Attic is the first live album by Billy Joel, released in 1981. ... Toads Place is a historic concert venue and nightclub located on York Street in New Haven, Connecticut. ...


The Nylon Curtain (1982)

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The next wave of Joel's career commenced with the recording of The Nylon Curtain. Considered his most audacious and ambitious album, Joel took more than a page or two from the Lennon-McCartney songwriting style on this heavily Beatles-influenced album. The Nylon Curtain is an album by Billy Joel. ... Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, record producer, film producer, and animal-rights activist. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ...


Work began on The Nylon Curtain in the spring of 1982. However, Joel was sidelined when he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. At about 5:40 P.M. on April 15, 1982, Cornelia Bynum made a right turn at the intersection of New York Avenue and West 9th Street in Huntington. She then ran a red light and collided with Joel, who was going straight through a green light, on his 1977 XLCR Sportster. After the crash, he flew right over her car and landed on his back. Both his left wrist and hand were broken and badly damaged. Joel, lucky to be alive, managed to get up and take inventory of his helmet, leather, and boots, until a police officer arrived. is the 105th day of the year (106th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... For the hamlet within the Town of Huntington, see Huntington (CDP), New York. ... Harley-Davidson Motor Company (NYSE: HOG, formerly HDI[2]) is an American manufacturer of motorcycles based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... A person wearing a helmet. ... For other uses, see Leather (disambiguation). ... Boots is the name of at least five different albums and singles: Boots by Nancy Sinatra (1966) Boots by Mighty Gabby (1984) Boots by Condemned Eighty Four (2001) Boots by KMFDM (2002) Boots by Noe Venable (2003) It is also the name of a large chain of chemists in the...


Joel was airlifted by helicopter to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Because of the ensuing surgery, which included the temporary insertion of five pins into his wrist and hand, plus a month in the hospital, production of the album was shut down temporarily while Joel recovered. For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ... New York-Presbyterian Hospital is a prominent university hospital in New York City, composed of two medical centers, Columbia University Medical Center and New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, each affiliated with an Ivy League University. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ...


Once The Nylon Curtain was finished, Joel embarked on a brief tour in support of the album, during which his first video special, Live from Long Island, was recorded at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on December 30, 1982. Nassau Coliseum, officially known as Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (though colloquially referred to simply as The Coliseum), is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Uniondale, New York, half an hour from New York City. ... Looking east over Uniondale Uniondale is a hamlet (and census-designated place) as well as a suburb of New York City in Nassau County, New York, United States, on Long Island, in the Town of Hempstead. ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


The Nylon Curtain went to #7 on the charts, supported by the popular singles "Allentown," "Goodnight Saigon," and "Pressure." "Allentown" rose to #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the most-played radio songs of 1982 and the most successful song from The Nylon Curtain album, besting "Pressure," which peaked at #20 and "Goodnight Saigon" which reached #56. This article is about the song by Billy Joel. ... Goodnight Saigon is a song written by Billy Joel, originally appearing on his 1982 album The Nylon Curtain. ... For the song by Paramore, see Pressure (song). ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ...


An Innocent Man (1983)

Main article: An Innocent Man

The song "Uptown Girl" was one of the first songs written when Joel returned from vacation. "Uptown Girl" is widely considered to be about model Christie Brinkley, whom he started dating during the song's creation (the music video also included Brinkley). It became a worldwide hit upon its release, and Joel's sole #1 in the United Kingdom. The resulting album, An Innocent Man, was compiled as a tribute to the rock and roll music of the 1950s and 1960s, and also resulted in Joel's second Billboard #1 hit, "Tell Her About It," which was the first single off the album in the Summer of 1983. The album itself reached #4 on the charts and #2 in UK. It also boasted 6 top-30 singles, the most of any album in Joel's catalog. At the time the album came out that summer, WCBS-FM began playing "The Longest Time" both in regular rotation and on the "Doo Wop Shop." Many fans wanted this to be the next single released in the fall, but that October, "Uptown Girl" would be released, peaking at #3. In December the title song, "An Innocent Man," would be released as a single and would peak at #10 and #8 in the UK, early in 1984. That March "The Longest Time," a Doo Wop song, would finally be released as a single and peak at #14 on the Hot 100 and be a number one Adult Contemporary hit. That summer, "Leave A Tender Moment Alone" would be released and hit #27 while "Keeping the Faith" would peak #18 in January of 1985. An Innocent Man was also nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy, but lost to the inevitable winner that year, Michael Jackson's Thriller. For the 1989 movie starring Tom Selleck, see An Innocent Man (movie) An Innocent Man is an album by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... Uptown Girl is a song performed by musician Billy Joel. ... Christie Brinkley (born February 2, 1954) is an American supermodel. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... WCBS-FM (101. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Uptown Girl is a song performed by musician Billy Joel. ... For the Lauryn Hill single, see Doo Wop (That Thing). ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... Alternate cover Special Edition release cover. ...


Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and 2 (1985)

Following the success of An Innocent Man, Joel had been approached to release an album of his most successful singles. This was not the first time this topic had come up, but Joel had initially considered "Greatest Hits" albums as marking the end of one's career. This time, he agreed, and Greatest Hits Vol. 1 and 2 was released as a 4-sided album and 2-CD set, with the songs in sequence of when they were released. The new songs "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" and "The Night is Still Young" were recorded and released as singles to support the album; both reached the top 40, peaking at #9 and #34, respectively. Billy Joels Greatest Hits discs are a collection released in two sets. ... Youre Only Human (Second Wind) is a hit song written and performed by Billy Joel for the express purpose of teenage suicide prevention. ... Greatest Hits - Volume I and II track listing Youre Only Human (Second Wind) (14) The Night Is Still Young (15) end of album The Night Is Still Young is a single by the rock singer Billy Joel released as a new song from his greatest hits album Greatest Hits...


Greatest Hits was highly successful, selling over 20 million copies worldwide and becoming the top-selling double album of all time by a solo artist (and second overall after The Wall by Pink Floyd). It has since been certified diamond by the RIAA for over 20 million albums sold. To date it is the 6th best selling album in American music history according to the RIAA. For other Pink Floyd works based around this album, see The Wall (Pink Floyd). ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... A music album is certified a diamond album by the RIAA when 10 million copies are shipped in the United States. ... The RIAA Logo. ... This is a list of best-selling albums in the United States according to the Recording Industry Association of America. ...


Coinciding with the Greatest Hits album release, Joel released a 2-volume Video Album that was a compilation of the promotional videos he had recorded from 1977 to the present time. Along with videos for the new singles off the Greatest Hits album, Joel also recorded a video for his first hit, "Piano Man," for this project.


Two versions of Greatest Hits were released on CD: the initial release on double CD in 1985, and a re-released Enhanced CD version in 1998. While both are the same basic album in general, there are a number of subtle differences between the two: Enhanced Music Compact Disc logo/trademark Compact Disc Interactive logo/trademark Enhanced CD, also known as CD Extra and CD Plus, is a certification mark of the Recording Industry Association of America for various technologies that combine audio and computer data for use in both compact disc and CD-ROM...

  • While all the longer hits ("Piano Man," "Captain Jack," "Goodnight Saigon") are fully intact, many other shorter songs ("Pressure," "Just the Way You Are," "My Life") were shortened significantly in the 1985 release. Oddly enough, the included booklet lists all of the lyrics, even the parts cut for time. These songs are fully restored in the re-release.
  • The 1985 release features the live version of "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" from Songs in the Attic. The version from Turnstiles was used for the 1998 re-release.
  • The 1998 re-release features enhanced content due to advancements in CD technology over the previous 13 years.

The Bridge (1986)

Joel scored a Top 10 hit with "Modern Woman" from the film "Ruthless People," a dark comedy from the directors of Airplane! that starred Bette Midler and Danny DeVito (Mick Jagger sang the title track). The song subsequently appeared on The Bridge, which, like the movie, was released in the summer of 1986. Ray Charles duetted with Joel on the ballad "Baby Grand" (which Joel wrote by himself), and Steve Winwood played Hammond organ on the song "Getting Closer." The final song recorded for the album was "Code of Silence." Cyndi Lauper contributed backing vocals on "Code of Silence" and garnered the only co-writing credit of Joel's entire career for helping him with the lyrics to the song. The Bridge is an album by Billy Joel. ... The 1986 movie Ruthless People is a black comedy that starred Danny DeVito, Bette Midler, Judge Reinhold and Helen Slater. ... Airplane! is an American comedy film, first released on 27 June 1980, produced, directed, and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. ... Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress and comedienne, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. ... Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. ... Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger (born July 26, 1943) is a English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ... For Ray Charles, the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Hammond organ is an electric organ which was invented by Laurens Hammond in 1934 and manufactured by the Hammond Organ Company until the 1970s. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an American Grammy Award- winning singer, MTV VMA-winning video and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ...


Though it broke into the Top Ten, The Bridge was not a success in relation to some of Joel's other albums, but it yielded the hit "A Matter of Trust" (#10). In a departure from his "piano man" persona, Joel is shown in its video playing a Les Paul-autographed Gibson guitar. The ballad "This is the Time" also charted, peaking at #18, and has been a favorite on the prom circuit ever since. "Modern Woman" was also released as a single and was quite successful, but Joel has since said in interviews he doesn't care for the song, and subsequently it has been left off most of his compilation sets (the exception appears to be My Lives). This article is about the musician. ... Prom Queen redirects here. ... My Lives is a Sony music compilation of Demos Outtakes B-Sides Soundtrack Cuts Live Recordings and Album Cuts by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel. ...


On November 18, 1986 an extended version of the song "Big Man On Mulberry Street" was used on a season three episode of Moonlighting. The episode was titled "Big Man on Mulberry Street". In a dream sequence, Maddie Hayes envisions David Addison with his ex-wife. An extra horn solo was added to the song. Big Man on Mulberry Street is jazz influenced song by Billy Joel from the album The Bridge (1986). ... Look up moonlighting in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


It was also the last Billy Joel album to carry the "Family Productions" logo.


At around this time, Joel completed voice work on Disney's Oliver & Company, released in 1988, a loose adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Joel brought both his acting and musical talents to the film as Dodger. For the film, Joel recorded a song titled "Why Should I Worry?" Critics were generally positive toward the film, and pointed to Billy's acting contribution as one of its highlights, despite its being his first acting job. In interviews, Billy explained that he took the job due to his love of Disney cartoons as a child. Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... Oliver & Company is a 1988 animated feature film that was produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. ... Dickens redirects here. ... Oliver Twist (1838) is Charles Dickens second novel. ... Disney redirects here. ...


The USSR period, 1987

Throughout his tour supporting The Bridge, Joel and his handlers started planning a trip to the Soviet Union. He would be one of the first American rock acts to play there since the Berlin Wall went up, a fact not lost on history buff Joel. There would be six live performances, three each at indoor arenas in Moscow and Leningrad. Joel and his family (including young daughter Alexa) and his full touring band made the trip in June 1987. The entourage was filmed for television and video to eventually offset the cost of the trip, and the concerts were simulcast on radio around the world. View in 1986 from the west side of graffiti art on the walls infamous death strip Walls poster in memory of the fall. ... For other uses, see Moscow (disambiguation). ... Saint Petersburg (Russian: Санкт-Петербу́рг, English transliteration: Sankt-Peterburg), colloquially known as Питер (transliterated Piter), formerly known as Leningrad (Ленингра́д, 1924–1991) and Petrograd (Петрогра́д, 1914–1924), is a city located in Northwestern Russia on the delta of the river Neva at the east end of the Gulf of Finland...


The audience in at least the first Moscow shows was filled with members of the Communist Party, who received tickets from the government as a perk. Most of that audience took a long while to warm up to Joel's energetic show, something that never had happened in other countries he had performed in. As a result of that, a minor international incident occurred when he famously flipped over an electric keyboard during the second Moscow show as a show of frustration that the lighting engineers would not turn down the house lights. The lighting engineers were more concerned with the amount of light being adequate for filming, as a documentary film crew was filming the concert. According to Joel, each time the fans were hit with the bright lights, anybody who seemed to be enjoying themselves froze. In addition, people who were "overreacting" were removed by security.[7] In modern usage, the term communist party is generally used to identify any political party which has adopted communist ideology. ...


Концерт (1987)

Main article: Концерт

The album Концерт, Russian for "Concert," was released in the fall of 1987. Singer Peter Hewlitt was brought in to hit the high notes on his most vocally challenging songs, like "An Innocent Man." Joel also did versions of The Beatles classic "Back In The U.S.S.R." and Bob Dylan's "The Times Are A-Changin'."


It has been estimated that Joel lost more than US$1 million of his own money on the trip and concerts, but he has said the goodwill he was shown there was well worth it.


Storm Front (1989)

Main article: Storm Front (album)

The song "We Didn't Start the Fire," the first single from the album Storm Front, was released in September 1989. The song became Joel's third and most recent US Number 1 hit, spending two weeks at the top. Storm Front is the eleventh studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1989. ... We Didnt Start the Fire is a song by Billy Joel that makes reference to a catalog of headline events during his lifetime, from March 1949 to 1989, when the song was released on his album Storm Front. ...


Storm Front was released in October, and it eventually became Joel's first Number 1 album since Glass Houses, 9 years earlier. Storm Front was Joel's first album since Turnstiles to be recorded without Phil Ramone as producer. For this album, he wanted a new sound, and worked with Mick Jones of Foreigner fame. Joel also revamped his backing band, firing everyone, save drummer Liberty DeVitto, guitarist David Brown, and saxophone player Mark Rivera; and bringing in new faces, including talented multi-instrumentalist Crystal Taliefero, who would go on to become Joel's musical director and architect of his live sound. After "We Didn't Start the Fire," Storm Front also produced the top ten hit "I Go To Extremes" (#6). The album was also notable for its song "Leningrad," written after Joel met a clown in the Soviet city of that name during his tour in 1987, and "The Downeaster Alexa," written to underscore the plight of fishermen on Long Island who are barely able to make ends meet. Another well-known single from the album is the ballad "And So It Goes" (#37 in late 1990). Billy Joel became the first-ever performer to hold a rock concert at Yankee Stadium, packing the house for two sold-out nights in a row in June of 1990. Turnstiles was the fourth album by Billy Joel, released in 1976 (1976 in music). ... For the guitarist of The Clash, see Mick Jones (The Clash). ... Foreigner is a hard rock band formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran musicians Mick Jones and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald, along with then-unknown vocalist Lou Gramm (Louis Grammatico). ... Liberty DeVitto (born 1950) is an American rock drummer. ... Well-regarded multi-instrumentalist session musician. ... Leningrad is a 1989 song written and performed by American singer and songwriter Billy Joel. ... The Downeaster Alexa was originally released in 1989 on Billy Joels eleventh studio album Storm Front. ... And So It Goes is the stirring ballad written by Billy Joel in 1983, though it wasnt released until six years later, appearing as the tenth and final track of his megahit album Stormfront. ... This page is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ...


River of Dreams (1993)

Main article: River of Dreams

Joel started work on River of Dreams in early 1993. Its cover art was a colorful painting by Christie Brinkley that was a series of scenes from each of the songs on the album. The eponymous first single was the last top 10 hit Joel has penned to date, and #1 for twelve weeks on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. The album includes hits such as "The River of Dreams," "All About Soul,"(With Color Me Badd on backing vocals) and "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)," written for his daughter, Alexa. A radio remix version of "All About Soul" can be found on The Essential Billy Joel (2001), and a demo version appears on "My Lives" (2005). The song "The Great Wall of China" was written about his ex-manager Frank Weber and was a regular in the setlist for Joel's 2006 tour. "2000 Years" was prominent in the millennium concert at Madison Square Garden, December 31, 1999, and "Famous Last Words" closed the book on Joel's pop songwriting for more than a decade. River of Dreams is the twelfth studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1993. ... Alexa Ray Joel (born January 1, 1986) is a American singer and pianist. ... The Essential Billy Joel is a Sony music compilation of songs by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel. ...


1994–present

On August 25, 1994, Joel and second wife Christie Brinkley divorced. Christie Brinkley (born February 2, 1954) is an American supermodel. ...


On December 31, 1999, Joel performed at New York's Madison Square Garden, which at the time was considered to be Joel's last solo concert. The concert (dubbed The Night of the 2000 Years) ran for close to four hours and was later released as 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert. Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... For other uses, see Concert (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Concert (disambiguation). ... 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert is the third live album by Billy Joel, released in 2000. ...


In 2001, Joel released Fantasies & Delusions, a collection of classical piano pieces. All were composed by Joel and performed by Richard Joo. Joel often uses bits of these songs as interludes in live performances, and some of them are part of the score for the hit show Movin' Out. The album topped the classical charts at #1. Joel performed "New York State of Mind" live on September 21, 2001, as part of the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit concert, and on October 20, 2001, along with "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)," at the Concert for New York City in Madison Square Garden. That night, he also performed "Your Song" with Elton John. Fantasies & Delusions is the first album of Billy Joels classical compositions, released in 2001. ... RICHARD JOO Pianist / Composer Hailed by Yehudi Menuhin as “A most engaging human being of great talent,” the British-Korean pianist and composer Richard Hyung-ki Joo has captivated audiences throughout the world with his multi-dimensional artistry and irresistible charisma. ... The Black Crook (1866), considered by some historians to be the first musical[1] Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... For the Joanne song, see Pack Your Bags. ... America: A Tribute to Heroes was a benefit concert organized in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and United States television networks. ... For other uses, see Concert (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ...


Joel has toured extensively with Elton John on a series of "Face to Face" tours. During these shows, the two have played each other's songs and performed duets. They grossed over US$46 million in just 24 dates. For other uses, see Concert (disambiguation). ...


In 2005, Columbia released a box set, My Lives, which is largely a compilation of demos, b-sides, live/alternate versions and even a few Top 40 hits. The compilation also includes the Umixit software, in which people can remix "Zanzibar," "Only the Good Die Young," "Keepin' The Faith," and live versions of "I Go to Extremes" and "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" with their PC. Also, a DVD of a show from the River of Dreams tour is included. My Lives is a Sony music compilation of Demos Outtakes B-Sides Soundtrack Cuts Live Recordings and Album Cuts by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel. ... For other uses, see Concert (disambiguation). ...


On January 7, 2006, Joel began a tour across the United States. Having not written, or at least released, any new songs in 13 years, he featured a sampling of songs from throughout his career, including major hits as well as obscure tunes like "Zanzibar" and "All for Leyna." His tour included an unprecedented 12 sold-out concerts over several months at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The singer's stint of 12 shows at Madison Square Garden broke a previous record set by New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen when he played 10 sold-out shows at the same arena. The record earned Joel the first retired number (12) in the arena owned by a non-athlete. This honor has also been given to Joel at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia where a banner in the colors of the Philadelphia Flyers is hung honoring Joel's 46 Philadelphia sold-out shows. He also had a banner raised in his honor for being the highest grossing act in the history of the Times Union Center (formerly the Knickerbocker Arena and Pepsi Arena) in Albany, New York. This honor was given to him as part of the April 17, 2007 show he did there. On June 13, 2006, Columbia released 12 Gardens Live, a double album containing 32 live recordings from a collection of the 12 different shows at Madison Square Garden during Joel's 2006 tour. is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... For other uses, see Concert (disambiguation). ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... For other uses, see Concert (disambiguation). ... The Wachovia Center, formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center, is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... For other uses, see Albany. ... is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 12 Gardens Live is a Sony music compilation of songs performed by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel during a run of twelve concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City in early 2006. ... For other uses, see Concert (disambiguation). ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ...


2006 also saw Billy Joel visit the United Kingdom and Ireland (as part of the European leg of his 2006 tour) for the first time in many years, playing to capacity crowds in Birmingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Manchester, Glasgow, London and Dublin. On July 31, 2006, Joel performed a free concert in Rome, Italy with the Colosseum as the backdrop, and performed classic hits for hundreds of thousands of fans. Joel performed favorites such as "New York State of Mind," "Honesty," and "Just the Way You Are." While introducing one song, the 57-year-old singer joked in shaky Italian, "This song is as old as the Colosseum." Organizers estimated 500,000 people turned out for the show. The concert was opened by Canadian pop-rocker and songwriter Bryan Adams. This article is about the British city. ... For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Southampton (disambiguation). ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Concert (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rome (disambiguation). ... The Colosseum by night: exterior view of the best-preserved section. ... For other uses, see Concert (disambiguation). ... For other persons of the same name, see Brian Adams. ...


Billy Joel toured South Africa, Australia, Japan, and Hawaii in late 2006, and subsequently toured the Southeastern United States in February and March 2007 before hitting the Midwest in the spring of '07. This article is about the U.S. State. ...


On January 3, 2007, news was leaked to the New York Post that Billy had recorded a new song with lyrics -- this being the first new song with lyrics he'd written in almost 14 years.[8] The song, entitled "All My Life," was Joel's newest single (with second track "You're My Home" Live from Madison Square Garden 2006 tour) and was released into stores on February 27, 2007.[9] The New York Post is the 13th-oldest newspaper published in the United States and the oldest to have been published continually as a daily. ... All my life is a single released by Billy Joel. ...


On February 4, 2007, Joel sang the national anthem for Super Bowl XLI, and was the first to sing the national anthem twice at a Super Bowl. Date February 4, 2007 Stadium Dolphin Stadium City Miami Gardens, Florida MVP Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Colts Favorite Colts by 6. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


On April 17, 2007, Joel was honored in Albany, NY, for his 9th concert at Times Union Center. He is now holding the highest box office attendance of any artist to play at the arena. With his daughter Alexa Ray Joel in attendance, a banner was raised in his honor marking this achievement. For other uses, see Albany. ... This article is about the state. ... The Times Union Center is an indoor arena located in Albany, New York, with a maximum seating capacity of 17,500 for sporting events. ... The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... Alexa Ray Joel (born January 1, 1986) is a American singer and pianist. ...


On December 1, 2007, Joel premiered his new song "Christmas in Fallujah"[10]. It is performed by Cass Dillon, a new Long Island based musician, as Joel felt it should be sung by someone in a soldier's age range. This song is dedicated to the troops in Iraq. "Christmas In Fallujah" became available to purchase on iTunes December 4, 2007 with the proceeds benefiting the Homes For Our Troops foundation.


On January 26, 2008, Joel performed with the world famous Philadelphia Orchestra celebrating the 151st anniversary of the Academy of Music. Joel premiered his new classical piece entitled, "Waltz No. 2 (Steinway Hall)", whilst playing many of his more obscure pieces with full orchestral backing. Highlights of this were the rarely-performed Nylon Curtain songs "Scandinavian Skies" and "Where's the Orchestra?". The concert also marked the first live performance of "All My Life."


On February 7, 2008, Joel released the news at a Mets press conference that he will be playing the last concert at Shea Stadium, which will be demolished at the end of the 2008 Mets baseball season. Originally there was only one show planned at Shea, but when 50,000 tickets for Joel's July 16 concert sold out in just 48 minutes, a second concert was added for July 18, and it sold out in just 46 minutes. There are no more shows expected to be added to Joel's Shea Stadium stand, even though there is undoubtedly enough demand for several more concerts. This article is about the home of the New York Mets. ...


On March 10, 2008, Joel inducted his friend John Mellencamp into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony that took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. During his induction speech for Mellencamp, Joel said: John Mellencamp, also known as John Cougar and John Cougar Mellencamp, (born October 7, 1951) is a Grammy-winning American rock singer-songwriter and occasional actor. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... This article is about the historic Manhattan hotel. ...

"Don’t let this club membership change you, John. Stay ornery, stay mean. We need you to be pissed off, and restless, because no matter what they tell us - we know, this country is going to hell in a handcart. This country’s been hijacked. You know it and I know it. People are worried. People are scared, and people are angry. People need to hear a voice like yours that’s out there to echo the discontent that’s out there in the heartland. They need to hear stories about it. [Audience applauds] They need to hear stories about frustration, alienation and desperation. They need to know that somewhere out there somebody feels the way that they do, in the small towns and in the big cities. They need to hear it. And it doesn’t matter if they hear it on a jukebox, in the local gin mill, or in a goddamn truck commercial, because they ain’t gonna hear it on the radio anymore. They don’t care how they hear it, as long as they hear it good and loud and clear the way you’ve always been saying it all along. You’re right, John, this is still our country."

Personal life

Marriages

Joel married his business manager Elizabeth Weber (Elizabeth Small) on September 5, 1973, and they divorced on July 20, 1982, though he kept her on as his business manager; a move that would prove to be a mistake, according to his Behind the Music interview, as her brother embezzled almost all of Joel's savings from him. is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... For the album by The Soundtrack of Our Lives, see Behind the Music (album). ...


Joel married Christie Brinkley on March 23, 1985. Their daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, was born January 1, 1986. Alexa was given the middle name of Ray after Ray Charles, one of Joel's musical idols. Joel and Brinkley's marriage ended in divorce on August 25, 1994, although the couple remains quite friendly. Christie Brinkley (born February 2, 1954) is an American supermodel. ... is the 82nd day of the year (83rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Alexa Ray Joel (born January 1, 1986) is a American singer and pianist. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... For Ray Charles, the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ... is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


On October 2, 2004, Joel married 23 year-old culinary artist Katie Lee. At the time of the wedding, Joel was 55. Joel's daughter, Alexa Ray, then 18, served as maid of honor. Joel's second wife, Christie Brinkley, attended the union and gave the couple her blessing. Lee works as a restaurant correspondent for the PBS show, George Hirsch: Living it Up!. In 2006, Katie Lee hosted Bravo's Top Chef. She did not return for a 2nd season, but rather went on tour with her husband. She now has a weekly column in Hamptons Magazine, and is a field correspondent for the entertainment television show Extra. is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A culinary profession is cooking as a profession, i. ... Katie Lee Joel (born 1981 in Huntington, West Virginia) is a celebrity and television personality. ... Napa, California: USA A new bride humorously observes the legal signing of her marriage license by her maid of honor. ... Not to be confused with Public Broadcasting Services in Malta. ... This article is about the U.S. cable network. ... For the current Top Chef season, see Top Chef (Season 4). ... Extra is an entertainment television news program covering events and celebrities which debuted on September 5, 1994. ...


Other businesses

In 1996 Joel merged his long-held love of boating with his desire for a second career. He formed, with Long Island boating businessman Peter Needham, the Long Island Boat Company. The company manufactures 38-foot (length) powerboats. A 1962 Rebel. A wooden speedboat with an outboard engine. ...


Alcoholism

In 2002 Joel entered Silver Hill Hospital, a substance abuse and psychiatric center in New Canaan, Connecticut. In March 2005 he checked into the Betty Ford Center[11], where he spent 30 days.[12] Also see Alcoholism and Drug addiction. ... Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that studies and treats mental and emotional disorders (see mental illness). ... New Canaan is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Stamford, on the Five Mile River. ... The Betty Ford Center is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Rancho Mirage, California co-founded by former United States First Lady Betty Ford and her friend, Ambassador Leonard Firestone, in 1982. ...


Musical style

Joel's lyrics have made many references to locations in the New York City metropolitan area, particularly Long Island. For example, the "Miracle Mile" line in 1980s "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me" refers to the affluent shopping district located on Northern Boulevard in the community of Manhasset and 1980s "You May Be Right" references walking through the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn alone as proof of craziness. In his 1973 song "The Ballad of Billy the Kid," he describes a certain "Billy" as being from the town of Oyster Bay, the municipality in which the hamlet of Hicksville is located. He has since stated, in the liner notes from his album Songs in the Attic, that this "Billy" is not himself, but rather an Oyster Bay bartender. Additionally, the song "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" mentions several Long Island/New England locations and ports, such as Block Island Sound, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Montauk and Gardiner's Bay. The metropolitan area of New York City, also called Greater New York or Greater New York City is defined by the U.S. Census as the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT Metropolitan Statistical Area based on broad social and economic integration, which is divided into... This article is about the island in New York State. ... New York State Highway 25A is a state road and the main East-West route for most of the North Shore of Long Island, New York running from the Queens-Midtown Tunnel at its Western terminus to Calverton at its Eastern end. ... Manhasset is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. ... Bedford Stuyvesant (aka Bed-Stuy) is a neighborhood in central Brooklyn, New York City. ... This article is about the New York City borough, or Kings County, New York. ... The Town of Oyster Bay is one of 3 towns in Nassau County, New York on Long Island, United States. ... A hamlet is (usually — see below) a small settlement, too small or unimportant to be considered a village. ... Hicksville is a hamlet and census-designated place in Nassau County, New York, United States. ... Oyster Bay is the name of several places: Oyster Bay, New York, a hamlet in the town of Oyster Bay (town), New York, on Long Island, New York, United States of America Oyster Bay, Florida, a bay in Lee County, Florida, United States of America Oyster Bay, New South Wales...


Several of Joel's songs have grown out of specific personal experiences, including "Piano Man," which he wrote describing his regular job playing at a Los Angeles piano bar in the early 1970s, and "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," written about Angelo's, an eatery on Mulberry Street in New York City's Little Italy.[citation needed][13] His song "Vienna" was supposedly written about a visit to his father in Europe during which he watched an old lady sweeping the street. At first he was shocked that people had this little respect for the elderly, but then realized that allowing them to stay useful to society was the greatest show of respect and knowing that "Vienna waits for you" calmed many of his fears about aging. Piano Man track listing Travelin Prayer (1) Piano Man (2) Aint No Crime (3) Piano Man was Billy Joels first major hit, and is considered Joels signature song. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... A piano bar (also known as a piano lounge) consists of a piano or electronic keyboard played by a professional musician, located in a cocktail lounge or bar . ... Scenes From An Italian Restaurant is a song from Billy Joels 1977 album The Stranger. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Food vendors line the streets of Little Italy. ...


Contrary to persistent rumors, "Big Shot" was not based on a bad date with Mick Jagger's ex-wife Bianca. Big Shot was the second hit single from Billy Joels 1978 album 52nd Street. ... The term date can refer to: A day according to a calendar; see calendar date. ... Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger (born July 26, 1943) is a English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ... Bianca Jagger at the Dropping Knowledge projects Table of Free Voices in Berlin, September 2006 Bianca Jagger (born Bianca Pérez Morena de Macías on May 2, 1950, in Managua, Nicaragua) is a social and human rights advocate. ...


In a Playboy interview, Joel indicated that "Rosalinda's Eyes" was penned for his mother, Rosalind, as the song his father should have written for her. For other uses, see Playboy (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Mother (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Father (disambiguation). ...


"Only the Good Die Young" created a bit of a stir within the religious community when it was first released in 1977. Some radio stations even refused to give the song any airtime. Joel has said about the song that "the point of the song wasn't so much anti-Catholic as pro-lust."[14] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Influences

His music reflects influences from many different genres including classical music, 1950s doo wop, Broadway/Tin Pan Alley, jazz, blues, gospel, pop, and straight-up rock & roll. Ray Charles has also had a huge impact on Billy Joel's music and personal life. This has, in part, led to his broad success over a long period of time, but made him difficult to categorize in popular music today. Joel's greatest musical influence is probably The Beatles, in particular the songwriting style of Paul McCartney. This article is about Western art music from 1000 AD to the present. ... For the Lauryn Hill single, see Doo Wop (That Thing). ... The Black Crook (1866), considered by some historians to be the first musical[1] Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... Tin Pan Alley is the name given to the collection of New York City-centered music publishers and songwriters who dominated the popular music of the United States in the late 19th century and early 20th century. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Blues music redirects here. ... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, entrepreneur, painter, record producer, film producer, and animal-rights activist. ...


Discography

See Billy Joel discography This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Band

Billy Joel Band
Origin Long Island, New York, United States
Genre(s) Rock
Pop
Arena rock
Hard rock
Years active 1970 - Present
Label(s) Columbia Records
Website billyjoel.com
Members
Billy Joel
Tommy Byrnes
Chuck Burgi
David Rosenthal
Mark Rivera
Crystal Taliefero
Carl Fischer
Andy Cichon
Richie Cannata
Former members
Richie Cannata
Liberty DeVitto
Doug Stegmeyer (Deceased)
David LeBolt
David Brown
Russell Javors
Jeff Bova
Jeff Jacobs
Larry Russell
Rhys Clark
Ron Tutt
Howard Emerson

In the mid 1970s, the touring and studio lineup of Joel's band stabilized. The main lineup consisted of: This article is about Long Island in New York State. ... This article is about the state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ... Depending on context, pop music is either an abbreviation of popular music or, more recently, a term for a sub-genre of it. ... Arena rock, also called stadium rock or anthem rock, is a loosely-defined term describing a rock era. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Chuck Burgi is a drummer and was born on August 15, 1953. ... David Rosenthal is an American keyboardist, music producer, and songwriter mostly known for working with Billy Joel. ... Well-regarded multi-instrumentalist session musician. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline for Music. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline for Music. ... Liberty DeVitto (born 1950) is an American rock drummer. ... Jeff Bova (born Jeffrey P. Bova in 1953) is an American Grammy Award winning keyboardist, composer, arranger and record producer. ...

  • Billy Joel - lead vocals, piano, keyboards, guitar, harmonica
  • Liberty DeVitto — drums, percussion
  • Doug Stegmeyer — bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Russell Javors — rhythm and lead guitars, harmonica, backing vocals
  • David Brown — lead and rhythm guitars, 12-string guitar
  • Richie Cannata — saxophones, flute, clarinet, piano, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals

This was also the lineup for Joel's first live album, Songs in the Attic. Liberty DeVitto (born 1950) is an American rock drummer. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline for Music. ...


The 1980s and 1990s saw significant changes to Joel's band. By the River of Dreams tour, the only remaining long standing member of the band was DeVitto. T-Bone Wolk joined playing bass guitar, as well as other instruments, including accordion. Multi-instrumentalists Crystal Taliefero and Mark Rivera joined and remain in his band to this day. Rivera had taken over the prominent saxophone solo in the song "New York State of Mind" that had previously been performed by Cannata (and was re-recorded by Phil Woods for the Greatest Hits version of the song). The 1993 River of Dreams tour saw the addition of David Rosenthal on keyboards who also remains with the band. Tommy Byrnes has become a frequent band member on guitar and was both a musical consultant and band member in the Movin' Out musical. For the 2006 tour, Joel did not invite DeVitto back as drummer. Chuck Burgi (from the Broadway production of Movin' Out) replaced DeVitto. Cannata returns on saxophones, along with Rivera and Taliefero, with Cannata again performing the "New York State of Mind" solo. Carl Fischer plays trumpet and trombone when needed, most notably in the classic song, "Zanzibar." Well-regarded multi-instrumentalist session musician. ... New York State of Mind is a song written by Billy Joel about New York City. ... Billy Joels Greatest Hits discs are a collection released in two sets. ... David Rosenthal is an American keyboardist, music producer, and songwriter mostly known for working with Billy Joel. ... For the Joanne song, see Pack Your Bags. ... The Black Crook (1866), considered by some historians to be the first musical[1] Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. ... Chuck Burgi is a drummer and was born on August 15, 1953. ... Map of Zanzibars main island Zanzibar is part of Tanzania Coordinates: , Country Tanzania Islands Unguja and Pemba Capital Zanzibar City Settled AD 1000 Government  - Type semi-autonomous part of Tanzania  - President Amani Abeid Karume Area  - Both Islands  637 sq mi (1,651 km²) Population (2004)  - Both Islands 1,070...


Billy Joel's current lineup for the 2006-2008 tour was also featured on one of his newest albums 12 Gardens Live. They include: 12 Gardens Live is a Sony music compilation of songs performed by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel during a run of twelve concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City in early 2006. ...

  • Billy Joel - Piano, Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
  • Tommy Byrnes - Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Andy Cichon - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Dave Rosenthal - Keyboards, Synthesizers
  • Chuck Burgi - Drums
  • Crystal Taliefero - Percussion, Backing Vocals, Saxophone, Harmonica
  • Mark Rivera - Saxophone, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Bongos
  • Carl Fischer - Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone (When Needed)
  • Richie Cannata - Saxophone (Cannata will sometimes join up with the rest of the band for the Northeast leg of the tour but he usually won't travel with them during the rest of the tour.)

Sadly, in August 1995, Billy Joel's long-time bassist Doug Stegmeyer committed suicide in his Long Island home. Stegmeyer had played on every one of Joel's albums from Turnstiles through The Bridge. Stegmeyer also performed as bassist on Joel's live album KOHЦEPT. A sunburst-colored Fender Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass[1][2]; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... This article is about the island in New York State. ... Turnstiles was the fourth album by Billy Joel, released in 1976 (1976 in music). ... The Bridge may refer to: The Bridge (epic poem), an epic poem written in 1930 by American poet Hart Crane The Bridge (D Keith Mano), a 1973 novel by D. Keith Mano The Bridge (novel), a 1986 novel by Iain Banks The Bridge (Craig Spector), a 1991 novel by Craig... КОНЦЕРТ (often inaccurately rendered KOHUEPT; it is pronounced ) is the second live album by Billy Joel, released in 1987. ...


Awards and achievements

Billy Joel receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, May 14, 2006
Billy Joel receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, May 14, 2006

Despite having never graduated from high school because of a missed exam,[15] Joel has been presented with multiple honorary doctorates: Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 2017 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Billy Joel Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2592x1944, 2017 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Billy Joel Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Crouse College, a 19th-century Romanesque building which houses the universitys visual arts and music programs Syracuse University (SU) is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York, United States the geographic center of the state, about 250 miles northwest of New York City. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum, not to be confused with an honors degree) is an academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ...

Joel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in 1999. Billy Joel was the tie breaker in the battle of which city would get the hall. Seven of Joel's fellow artists favored San Francisco, while seven other artists favored Cleveland. Joel was asked to be the tie breaker. He voted in favor of Cleveland. On his tours, Cleveland is one of his favorite cities to play and perform in. Fairfield University is a private, co-educational undergraduate and masters level university located in Fairfield, Connecticut, in the New England region of the United States. ... Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ... Hofstra University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational institution of higher learning located in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (USA) founded in 1935 on the basis of the estate of wealthy lumber magnate William Hofstra and widow Kate Davidson. ... The Southampton College of Long Island University is a small liberal arts college located in Southampton, New York, founded in 1963. ... Crouse College, a 19th-century Romanesque building which houses the universitys visual arts and music programs Syracuse University (SU) is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York, United States the geographic center of the state, about 250 miles northwest of New York City. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... Cleveland redirects here. ...


Joel was also named MusiCares Person of the Year for 2002 [17], an award given each year at the same time as the Grammy Awards. At the dinner honoring Joel, various artists performed versions of his songs including Nelly Furtado, Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, Diana Krall, Rob Thomas, and Natalie Cole. He was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 15, 2006. In 2005, Joel was put in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nelly Kim Furtado (born December 2, 1978) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist, who also holds Portuguese citizenship. ... Stevie Wonder (born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Steveland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. ... Diana Jean Krall, OC, OBC (born November 16, 1964) is a Grammy award-winning Canadian jazz pianist and singer. ... For other persons of the same name, see Rob Thomas. ... Natalie Maria Cole (born February 6, 1950), known professionally as Natalie Cole, is an American singer and songwriter. ... The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is an organization located in Lake Grove, New York. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


Joel has banners in the rafters of the Times Union Center, Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden, Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, and Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, and was the first to perform a concert at Yankee Stadium in New York City.[citation needed] The Times Union Center is an indoor arena located in Albany, New York, with a maximum seating capacity of 17,500 for sporting events. ... Nassau Coliseum, officially known as Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (though colloquially referred to simply as The Coliseum), is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Uniondale, New York, half an hour from New York City. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, and known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City. ... The Wachovia Center, formerly known as the CoreStates Center and the First Union Center, is an indoor arena located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ... The Hartford Civic Center is a sports and convention complex located in Hartford, Connecticut, USA owned by the City of Hartford and operated by Madison Square Garden Connecticut under contract with the Connecticut Development Authority. ... This page is about the stadium the New York Yankees currently play in. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


He has also sponsored the Billy Joel Visiting Composer Series at Syracuse University.[18]


Joel is the only performing artist to have played both Yankee and Shea Stadiums.


Other media contributions

  • Don Kirshner's Rock Concert (1974) (Television) (Performed "Piano Man," "Somewhere Along the Line," and "Captain Jack")
  • The Midnight Special (1975) (Television) (Sang "Travelin' Prayer" and "The Ballad of Billy the Kid")
  • The Mike Douglas Show (1975?) (Television)
  • Billy Joel Tonight (1976) (Time Life Video) (VHS) (Palmer Auditorium, Connecticut College, New London, CT)
  • The Old Grey Whistle Test (1978) (London, England) (Television)
  • Musikladen (1978) (German television concert)
  • 20/20 (1980) (Television)
  • Live from Long Island (1982) (CBS/Fox) (VHS) (Originally aired on HBO as "Billy Joel: A Television First." Recorded live at Nassau Coliseum)
  • MTV Special: Innocent Man Tour (1983) (Television) ("Behind-the-scenes" look at Joel's Innocent Man tour)
  • From a Piano Man to an Innocent Man (1984) (BBC Television Broadcast)
  • Farm Aid (1985) (Television)
  • Video Album, Vol. 1 (1986) (CBS/Fox) (VHS)
  • Video Album, Vol. 2 (1986) (CBS/Fox) (VHS)
  • Live From Leningrad USSR (1987) (CBS) (VHS) (Originally aired on HBO)
  • Oliver & Company (1988) (Provided both the voice and singing voice for the character Dodger in the Disney full-length animated feature.)
  • Sesame Street (1988)(Sang Just the Way You Are to Oscar The Grouch, and The Alphabet Song with the kids)
  • 1989 NFL Super Bowl XXIII (Sang National Anthem, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Florida)
  • Eye of the Storm (1990) (VHS) (Sony) (Compilation of five music videos from the Storm Front album)
  • Live at Yankee Stadium (1990) (Sony) (DVD/VHS)
  • A Matter of Trust (1991) (CBS) (VHS) (Documentary of the 1986 Russian tour)
  • Late Show with David Letterman (August 30, 1993) First musical guest on the show, performing "No Man's Land"
  • Shades of Grey (1993) (Sony) (PBS documentary on the making of River of Dreams. Released on VHS)
  • Live from the River of Dreams (Sony) (1994) (Originally aired on Sat 3 (German television); released on DVD in the My Lives box set in 2005) Live from Frankfurt, Germany.
  • During the 1994 Grammy Award Show, the director cut short Frank Sinatra's acceptance speech for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. Joel extended his performance of "The River of Dreams" by stopping the song partway through, looking at the celebrity audience with a grin while pretending to check his watch and saying, "valuable advertising time going by...dollars...dollars...dollars..." which was met with laughter from the audience. He then resumed playing the song.
  • Greatest Hits, Vol. III (Sony) (1997) (DVD/VHS)
  • The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1997) (Television)
  • VH1: Behind the Music (1997) (Television)
  • VH1: Storytellers (1997) (Television)
  • VH1: Video Time Line (1998) (Television)
  • Inside the Actor's Studio (1999) (Bravo Network)
  • Mad About You: "Murray at the Dog Show" (1999) (NBC Television) (Appeared as himself; wrote the music for the song "Lullabye For You" which was featured in the episode. Paul Reiser wrote the lyrics.)
  • ABC 2000 (1999/2000) (television VHS) (International broadcast; portions of Joel's New Years Eve concert were aired live)
  • Piano Grand! A Smithsonian Celebration (2000) (Joel served as host and performer; aired on PBS; released on DVD)
  • MLB World Series- Subway Series Game 1 (2000) (Television) (Performed the National Anthem)
  • Movin' Out (2002), is a musical based on twenty-four Billy Joel songs which was a smash hit on Broadway from 2002 to 2005 (last Broadway show was on December 11, 2005). Joel was composer, lyricist, and orchestrator and won a Tony Award for Best Orchestrations. The musical is really a dance performance choreographed by famed choreographer Twyla Tharp, with Joel's songs sung by Michael Cavanaugh.
  • Die, Joel Akte (The Joel Files) (2001) (PBS Documentary)
  • America: A Tribute To Heroes (2001) (Television, Radio, DVD)
  • Charlie Rose (2001) (PBS television/DVD)
  • The Concert for New York City (2001) (Television, VHS/DVD)
  • A&E Special: In His Own Words (2001) (A&E Network) (Master class recorded at the University of Pennsylvania)
  • The Essential Video Collection (2001) (Sony) (DVD/VHS) (Music Video compilation)
  • The 2003 Tony Awards" (Television) (Performed "New York State of Mind")
  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2005) (Television) (Performed "Miami 2017" and "Only the Good Die Young")
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien (2005) (NBC) (Performed "Everybody Loves You Now" and "Vienna")
  • The Today Show (2005) (NBC) (Performed "Keepin' the Faith" and "She's Right on Time")
  • The Today Show (2006) (NBC) (Performed "The Good Life" with Tony Bennett live)
  • The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch (2006) (CNBC)
  • American Chopper (2006) ("The Billy Joel Bike") (Television, DVD)
  • Tokyo, Japan (2006) (Television, DVD)(Concert was taped and produced by The Fuji Television Network)
  • 2007 NFL Super Bowl XLI (Joel is the first to sing the National Anthem in two Super Bowls.)
  • 2008, March 24. Appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show with wife, Katie. Performed "Only the Good Die Young."

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This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Just the Way You Are is a love song from Billy Joels 1977 pop rock album, The Stranger. ... We Didnt Start the Fire is a song by Billy Joel that makes reference to a catalog of headline events during his lifetime, from March 1949 to 1989, when the song was released on his album Storm Front. ... The Downeaster Alexa is a song originally released in 1989 on Billy Joels eleventh studio album Storm Front. ...

See also

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References

  1. ^ Top Selling Artists. Gold & Platinum. RIAA.
  2. ^ "September 21, 2004", BBC News. 
  3. ^ Tallmer, Jerry. "Billy Joel grapples with the past", July 16-22, 2003. 
  4. ^ Morton Estrin - Concert Pianist. Recording Artist. Master Teacher
  5. ^ a b NY Times, June 26, 1992, p. B6
  6. ^ Short biography of Billy Joel
  7. ^ "Letters to the Editor: You May Be Right, I May Be Crazy, But...", Seattle Weekly, November 14l, 2007. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Richard. "BILLY GOES POP!", New York Post, 2007-01-03. Retrieved on 2007-01-03. 
  9. ^ Cohen, Jonathan. "Billy Joel Returns To Pop With New Single", Billboard, 2007-01-30. 
  10. ^ http://www.billyjoel.com/pressrelease_fallujah.html
  11. ^ Billy Joel In Rehab Again
  12. ^ BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Billy Joel leaves US rehab clinic
  13. ^ There are some who claim that Christiano's Restaurant in the Long Island town of Syosset is the restaurant in question.
  14. ^ The Oprah Winfrey Show, "Billy and Katie Lee Joel", March 24, 2008.
  15. ^ Joel serenades 5,000 Syracuse graduates [1]
  16. ^ Welcome to Syracuse University News
  17. ^ FOXNews.com - Billy Joel Gets Special Award at Grammy Kickoff - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment
  18. ^ VPA continues Billy Joel Visiting Composer Series

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NAME Joel, Billy
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Joel, William Joseph Martin
SHORT DESCRIPTION Singer, songwriter, pianist
DATE OF BIRTH May 9, 1949
PLACE OF BIRTH Bronx, New York, United States
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH
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Glass Houses is an album by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... The Nylon Curtain is an album by Billy Joel. ... For the 1989 movie starring Tom Selleck, see An Innocent Man (movie) An Innocent Man is an album by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... The Bridge is an album by Billy Joel. ... Storm Front is the eleventh studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1989. ... River of Dreams is the twelfth studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1993. ... Fantasies & Delusions is the first album of Billy Joels classical compositions, released in 2001. ... Billy Joels Greatest Hits discs are a collection released in two sets. ... The Essential Billy Joel is a Sony music compilation of songs by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel. ... My Lives is a Sony music compilation of Demos Outtakes B-Sides Soundtrack Cuts Live Recordings and Album Cuts by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel. ... Songs in the Attic is the first live album by Billy Joel, released in 1981. ... 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert is the third live album by Billy Joel, released in 2000. ... 12 Gardens Live is a Sony music compilation of songs performed by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel during a run of twelve concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City in early 2006. ... Piano Man track listing Travelin Prayer (1) Piano Man (2) Aint No Crime (3) Piano Man was Billy Joels first major hit, and is considered Joels signature song. ... The Entertainer is a single by singer Billy Joel released as the only single from his 1974 album Streetlife Serenade. ... New York State of Mind is a song written by Billy Joel about New York City. ... Just the Way You Are is a love song from Billy Joels 1977 pop rock album, The Stranger. ... For the Joanne song, see Pack Your Bags. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... 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Uptown Girl is a song performed by musician Billy Joel. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Keeping the Faith is a song by the singer Billy Joel, released from his 1983 album An Innocent Man. ... Youre Only Human (Second Wind) is a hit song written and performed by Billy Joel for the express purpose of teenage suicide prevention. ... Greatest Hits - Volume I and II track listing Youre Only Human (Second Wind) (14) The Night Is Still Young (15) end of album The Night Is Still Young is a single by the rock singer Billy Joel released as a new song from his greatest hits album Greatest Hits... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... We Didnt Start the Fire is a song by Billy Joel that makes reference to a catalog of headline events during his lifetime, from March 1949 to 1989, when the song was released on his album Storm Front. ... Leningrad is a 1989 song written and performed by American singer and songwriter Billy Joel. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... And So It Goes is the stirring ballad written by Billy Joel in 1983, though it wasnt released until six years later, appearing as the tenth and final track of his megahit album Stormfront. ... The Downeaster Alexa was originally released in 1989 on Billy Joels eleventh studio album Storm Front. ... All Shook Up is one of the many hit songs of Elvis Presley. ... The River of Dreams is a single by the singer Billy Joel. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... All my life is a single released by Billy Joel. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Movin Out is a jukebox musical featuring the songs of Billy Joel. ... is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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