Billy Joel Biography (Wikipedia)
William Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. His compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 is one of the best-selling albums in the US.
Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the US, all of which he wrote himself. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006). In 2001, Joel received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2013, Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts. With the exception of the 2007 songs "All My Life" and "Christmas in Fallujah", Joel stopped writing and releasing pop/rock material after 1993's River of Dreams. However, he continues to tour, and he plays songs from all eras of his solo career.
- I'm Starting Out: Billy Joel's early careerhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04kjq9g.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04kjq9g.jpg2016-12-07T16:36:00.000ZBilly talks to Jamie about learning his craft and building a relationship with his audience.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04kjqfh
I'm Starting Out: Billy Joel's early career
- ‘His name was Davey and he actually was in the Navy’ – The components of Billy Joel’s Piano Manhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04kjn16.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04kjn16.jpg2016-12-07T16:22:00.000ZA story of how inspiration can be found right at your fingertips.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04kjn73
‘His name was Davey and he actually was in the Navy’ – The components of Billy Joel’s Piano Man
- The Hudson River Line: Billy Joel on writing New York State of Mindhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04kjkcd.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04kjkcd.jpg2016-12-07T16:01:00.000ZBilly talks to Jamie about the inspiration behind one of his most recognisable songs.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04kjkcg
The Hudson River Line: Billy Joel on writing New York State of Mind
- Playing at home: Billy Joel's Madison Square Gardenhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04hn6xf.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04hn6xf.jpg2016-12-07T14:32:00.000ZPossibly one of New York’s most iconic venues, Jamie Cullum talks to Billy about his knack for creating an intimate atmosphere in an enormous space.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04kj54d
Playing at home: Billy Joel's Madison Square Garden
- Billy Joel is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Famehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01f67yx.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01f67yx.jpg2013-08-18T20:01:00.000ZTommy McAllister in Glasgow nominates Billy Joel for a place in Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Famehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01f681l
Billy Joel is inducted into Michael Ball's Singers Hall of Fame
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