Billy Joel Biography (Wikipedia)
William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man", he has been making music since the 1960s, releasing popular albums throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s.
Born in the Bronx, New York, and raised on Long Island, New York (both places which have heavily influenced his songs), Joel took part in two short-lived bands, The Hassles and Attila, before beginning a solo career in 1971 with his first solo release, Cold Spring Harbor. In 1972, Joel grabbed the attention of Columbia Records after a live radio performance of the song "Captain Jack" became popular in the West Coast, prompting him to sign a new record deal with the company and release his second solo album, Piano Man, which contained his first hit single of the same name. After releasing two more albums, Streetlife Serenade and Turnstiles, Joel released his critical and commercial breakthrough album, The Stranger, in 1977; this album became Columbia's best-selling release, selling over 10 million copies and spawning several hit singles, including "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)", "Just the Way You Are", and "Only the Good Die Young". A year later, Joel's album 52nd Street was his first album to peak at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts. After receiving slack from critics for being soft and releasing too many slow ballad songs, Joel released his seventh studio album, Glass Houses, in an attempt to further establish himself as a rock and roll artist. His next album, The Nylon Curtain, was released in 1981, and stemmed from a desire from Joel to create more lyrically and melodically ambitious music. An Innocent Man, released in 1983, served as an homage to genres of music which Joel had grown up with in the 1950s, such as Rhythm and Blues and doo-wop. In 1993, Joel released his twelfth and final solo album, The River of Dreams. He went on to release Fantasies and Delusions, a 2001 album featuring classical compositions composed by Joel...
- 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.https://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.https://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.https://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.https://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 Famehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01f681l
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