Billy Joel

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Billy Joel
A close-up of Joel smiling
Billy Joel at the opening night of the 2009 season at the Metropolitan Opera
Born
William Martin Joel

(1949-05-09) May 9, 1949 (age 71)
NationalityAmerican
EducationHicksville High School
Occupation
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • composer
Spouse(s)
Elizabeth Weber
(m. 1973; div. 1982)

Christie Brinkley
(m. 1985; div. 1994)

Katie Lee
(m. 2004; div. 2009)

Alexis Roderick (m. 2015)
ChildrenAlexa Ray Joel
Della Rose Joel
Remy Anne Joel
Parent(s)Howard Joel
Rosalind Nyman
Musical career
Also known as
  • "The Piano Man"
  • "Joe"
  • "Mr. Long Island"
OriginHicksville, New York, U.S.
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active1965–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitebillyjoel.com

William Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949)[3] 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, 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.[4] 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 one of his two children. His daughter's middle name is taken from one of his musical influences, Ray Charles. His third marriage began in 2004. His fourth marriage with Alexis Roderick began in 2015. They had one child; Della Rose Joel, who was born on the 12th of August 2015.

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums

References[change | change source]

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  2. Johnstone, Andrew (6 February 2015). "A General Guide to Soft Rock". Rip It Up. Archived from the original on September 28, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  3. nndb.com
  4. "Billy Joel's campaign donations". NewsMeat.com. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2008.

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