Billy Joel
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1949-05-09
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Billy Joel

Billy Joel Biography (Wikipedia)

William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man" after his signature song of the same name, he has led a commercially successful career as a solo artist since the 70s, having released twelve studio albums from 1971 to 1993. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time as well as the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States, with over 150 million records sold worldwide. His 1985 compilation album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2, is one of the best-selling albums in the US.

Joel was born in 1949 in The Bronx, New York, and grew up on Long Island, New York, both places that influenced his music. Growing up, he took piano lessons at the insistence of his mother. After dropping out of high school to pursue a musical career, Joel took part in two short-lived bands, The Hassles and Attila, before signing a record deal with Family Productions and kicking off a solo career in 1971 with his first release, Cold Spring Harbor. In 1972, Joel caught the attention of Columbia Records after a live radio performance of the song "Captain Jack" became popular in Philadelphia, prompting him to sign a new record deal with the company and release his second album, Piano Man; the album's title track went on to become Joel's first hit song. 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", "Vienna", "Only the Good Die Young", and "She's Always a Woman"; another song on this album, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant", is regarded by Joel as his favorite song of his own.

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Piano Man
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Piano Man
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It's Still Rock and Roll To Me
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It's Still Rock and Roll To Me
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My Life
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My Life
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All About Soul
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All About Soul
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Uptown Girl
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Uptown Girl
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She's Always A Woman
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She's Always A Woman
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The River Of Dreams
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The River Of Dreams
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Just The Way You Are
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Just The Way You Are
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Leave A Tender Moment Alone
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Leave A Tender Moment Alone
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Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
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Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
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New York State Of Mind
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New York State Of Mind
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Tell Her About It
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Tell Her About It
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She's Got A Way
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She's Got A Way
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