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", 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...

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She's Always A Woman
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The Longest Time
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The Longest Time
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Uptown Girl
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Uptown Girl
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The River Of Dreams
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The River Of Dreams
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Piano Man
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Piano Man
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Tell Her About It
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Tell Her About It
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My Life
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My Life
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Just The Way You Are
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Just The Way You Are
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We Didn't Start The Fire
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We Didn't Start The Fire
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Movin' Out
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Movin' Out
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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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