Billy Joel

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Billy Joel
Billy Joel
|frameless|alt=A close-up of Joel smiling|Joel at opening night of the 2009 season at the Metropolitan Opera]]
Joel at opening night of the 2009 season at the Metropolitan Opera
Background information
Birth name William Martin Joel[1]
Born May 9, 1949 (1949-05-09) (age 66)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Origin Hicksville, New York, U.S.
Genres Rock, rock and roll, soft rock, piano rock, pop, classical[2]
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, composer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1965–present
Labels Columbia, Family Productions, Sony Classical
Associated acts The Echoes, The Hassles, Attila, Billy Joel Band
Notable instruments
Steinway Grand Piano,[3] Hammond organ, Baldwin piano,
Gibson Les Paul,
Gibson Les Paul Junior,

William Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949)[4] is an American singer-songwriter. He produced successful pop songs for two decades, from 1973's Piano Man to 1993's River of Dreams which marked his retirement. As well as writing classical music, he has frequently been on the road, usually with Elton John.

Joel was born in the Bronx, New York City. He grew up in Hicksville, Long Island, New York. He joined his first band The Echoes (Later known as The Lost Souls) at age fourteen, and in the late 1960s he teamed up with The Hassles. The Hassles when on to release two albums. In 1970 After parting ways with The Hassles Joel and Hassles Drummer Jon Small Formed a two man duo Attila. In 1971 his solo debut, Cold Spring Harbor, was released. (The title takes its name from a town in Long Island.)

He is a Democrat.[5] In 1988, Joel played a New York City dog named Dodger in the Disney animated movie, Oliver & Company.

Joel has been married four times. The first three ended in divorce. His first marriage was from 1973-1982. His second marriage, from 1985-1994, was to supermodel Christie Brinkley. Their daughter, Alexa Ray Joel (born 1985) is his only child. His daughter's middle name is taken from one of his musical influences, Ray Charles. His third marriage began in 2004. His third marriage began in 2015; his wife is pregnant.

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums

References[change | change source]

  1. Billy Joel Biography. Retrieved on December 7, 2008.
  2. Explore: Soft Rock – Top Artists – AllMusic at the Internet Archive
  3. Edmondson, Jacqueline (2006). Condoleezza Rice: A biography. The United States: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-313-33607-2.
  5. "Billy Joel's campaign donations". Retrieved on December 8, 2008.

Other websites[change | change source]