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Billy Joel

Billy Joel


Famous as :

Singer, songwriter, composer

Birth Name :

William Martin Joel

Birth Date :

May 09, 1949

Birth Place :

Bronx, New York, USA

Spouse :

Elizabeth Weber (1971 - 1982), Christie Brinkley (supermodel, 23-Mar-85 - 25-Aug-94), Kate Lee (2-Oct-04 - June 2009), Alexis Roderick (since 4-Jul-15)

Claim to fame :

Album "The Stranger" (1977)


Dropping out of high school to start pursuing a professional singing career, Billy Joel released his debut album "Cold Spring Harbor" in 1971. The set, unfortunately, was a flop, prompting him to end his contract with Family Productions and moved to Los Angeles. There, he worked as a lounge pianist, a job that he immortalized in his hit song "Piano Man", the title song of his second album released in 1973.

In late 1972, Joel ousted an underground recording titled "Captain Jack" which received positive reviews and later caught the attention of Columbia Records which immediately signed him under their wings. He released several new albums since, all of which reflected his evolving style ranging from pop to jazz. One of his sets that became his major commercial breakthrough was the 1977 "The Stranger", spawning four songs in the Top 25 of the U.S. Billboard charts.

Latest News

Billy Joel Marries Alexis Roderick in Surprise 4th of July Wedding

July 06, 2015 01:16:15 GMT

tied the knot with his girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise wedding at his Long Island estate on Saturday, July 4. Billy's rep tells PEOPLE in a statement that the couple "surprised guests at their annual July 4th party by exchanging vows in front of their family and close friends."

Billy Joel's Girlfriend Alexis Roderick Is Pregnant With Their First Child

April 15, 2015 03:36:39 GMT

and his 33-year-old girlfriend Alexis Roderick are expecting their first baby together. A representative for the 65-year-old singer confirmed the reports in a statement on Tuesday, April 14 and said that the baby would arrive in August.

Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5 to Headline 2015 Bonnaroo Fest

January 14, 2015 03:42:22 GMT

The full line-up of the 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival was revealed on Tuesday, January 13. is among the performers for the four-day event that will return to Manchester, Tennessee from June 11 to June 14.

Billy Joel Presented With the Gershwin Prize at Concert in D.C.

November 20, 2014 07:45:28 GMT

As previously announced, the Library of Congress honored with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The singer received the award at a star-studded concert held at DAR Constitution Hall, just blocks from the White House, on Wednesday, November 19.

Billy Joel Opens Up About Suicide Attempts in New Book

October 27, 2014 04:43:10 GMT

shares details about rocky marriages and suicide attempts in a new book. Set to release on Tuesday, October 28, "Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography" tells the story of the "Piano Man" hitmaker when he tried to kill himself following an affair with a friend's wife whom later he married.

Billy Joel to Be Honored With George Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

July 23, 2014 01:40:46 GMT

has been announced as the next recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who called the 65-year-old performer "a storyteller of the highest order," broke the news on Tuesday, July 22.

Billy Joel's Mother, Rosalind Nyman Joel, Dies at 92

July 15, 2014 08:31:23 GMT

is mourning the death of his mother Rosalind Nyman Joel. The "Piano Man" hitmaker announced the sad news on his website on Monday, July 14, saying that his mother passed away the previous day at the age of 92.

Billy Joel Says He Got 'Scared' After Trying Heroin

April 29, 2014 08:35:43 GMT

revealed past drug use at a recent event. In an interview with on Monday, April 28, the 64-year-old singer said that he once tried heroin, but then he got "scared." As reported by Rolling Stone, he said, "This was back in the late '70s I think. We were in Amsterdam, and there was all this stuff going on, so I said, 'Let me see what this is like.' "

Video: Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon Sing a Duet Using an iPad App

March 22, 2014 02:44:44 GMT

performed a duet with when he made a guest appearance on "" on Thursday night, March 20. The veteran singer and the TV host formed a two-man Doo-Wop group with the help of an iPad app.

Billy Joel Added to Line-Up of Ryan Seacrest's New Year's Rockin' Eve

December 24, 2013 02:50:27 GMT

is the latest musician added to the line-up of performers at 's New Year's Rockin' Eve with . The veteran singer will be the first performer after the ball drops in Times Square.

Billy Joel and Carlos Santana Receive Kennedy Center Honors

December 09, 2013 08:41:47 GMT

is one of the artists who received the Kennedy Center Honor at a ceremony held at the John F. Kennedy Center on Sunday, December 8. The legendary singer, who's popular for his "Just the Way You Are", ''Uptown Girl" and "Allentown", was presented with the award for influencing American culture through the arts.

Billy Joel Announces Monthly Shows at Madison Square Garden

December 04, 2013 04:55:02 GMT

has announced his residency at Madison Square Garden in New York. In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, December 3, the pianist said that he would play a show per month at the iconic venue for the indefinite future.

'Glee' 5.06 Preview: A Tribute to Billy Joel

November 15, 2013 07:13:03 GMT

"" pays tribute to in the upcoming episode. A preview for the new outing opens with ' Blaine sitting at a piano while covering one of the legendary singer's hits, "Piano Man".

Billy Joel and Carlos Santana to Be Presented With Kennedy Center Honors

September 13, 2013 03:35:34 GMT

Grammy Award winners and are two of the four musicians who will be receiving the Kennedy Center Honors this year, alongside pianist/composer and opera singer Martina Arroyo, with actress completing the five 2013 honorees. They will be saluted in a gala performance at the Kennedy Center on December 8, to be telecast on CBS on December 29.

Billy Joel and John Mayer Kick Off 2013 New Orleans Jazz Fest

April 29, 2013 08:17:40 GMT

Headliners and led both traditional musicians and mainstream acts lined up for the first weekend of the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Diverse acts from both within New Orleans and around the globe joined the opening weekend of the ten-day feast celebrating the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana.

Chris Brown Joins Modeling Agency Wilhelmina

November 15, 2012 19:53:35 GMT

is now a singer, an actor and a model. The "Birthday Cake" crooner has signed a modeling contract with Wilhelmina, joining the agency's artist management division in hopes of landing new fashion and beauty endorsements.

Kim Kardashian Re-Arranges Schedule to Attend Marine Ball

November 15, 2012 19:08:31 GMT

made a last minute effort to attend the HQ Battery 10th Marine Birthday Ball in North Carolina. The reality star is responding to an invitation from one of the Marines to be a special guest of the event.

'American Horror Story' Renewed for Season 3

November 15, 2012 18:48:41 GMT

"" is to be back for another round. FX network announced on Thursday, November 15 that they have renewed the Emmy-winning series from "" co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk for a third season.

Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen and More Join Sandy Charity Concert

November 15, 2012 18:20:48 GMT

Celebrities are still making efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy from rebuilding their lives. Such artists as , , and The E Street Band and will perform in a charity concert on December 12 at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Chris Brown Dressed as Terrorist to Rihanna's Halloween Party

November 01, 2012 17:41:32 GMT

's choice of Halloween costume has drawn controversy online. The "With You" singer was dressed as an Arab terrorist to 's West Halloween party on Wednesday, October 31 night. Brown completed his look with beard, turban, a rifle above his head and bullet casings around his chest.

Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi and More Join Hurricane Sandy Telethon

November 01, 2012 17:14:18 GMT

NBC is mulling a telethon for Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Joining the cause are , and the E Street Band, , and . These artists will perform in a charity concert that will benefit the victims of the storm that wrecked the Northeast.

Gene Simmons' Quirky Wedding Invitation Confirms Date

September 02, 2011 03:15:28 GMT

After spending more than 25 years together, is going to tie the knot with in October in Beverly Hills. The date and venue for the bassist's wedding to the former Playboy Playmate were uncovered when their quirky invitation popped out online.

House Mouthing Off Prison Doctor in New Season 8 Promo

September 02, 2011 02:46:40 GMT

After giving a glimpse to House's life in jail, FOX has given a look at how the imprisoned doctor gets his hands on diagnosing a patient by dropping a new clip. In the sneak peek for the premiere episode of season 8, the title character on "" is seen mouthing off a prison doctor, Dr. Jessica Adams, about a diagnosis she made on another inmate.

Photos and Video: Justin Timberlake Throws Surprise Show in N.Y.C.

September 02, 2011 02:22:48 GMT

Just when it seemed that he is focused on pursuing his acting career, treated his music fans with a surprise performance. The 30-year-old entertainer rocked his Southern Hospitality restaurant in New York City on Wednesday night, August 31 with an impromptu show.

'Walking Dead' Gets Extended Premiere, Second Season to Split in Two

September 02, 2011 01:46:24 GMT

When "" returns for a second season this fall, fans will get a longer thrilling moment with the walkers. AMC has just announced that the premiere episode, which airs October 16 at 9 P.M., will be 90 minutes long.

Lindsay Lohan Gets Billy Joel's 'Extremes' Tattoo on Ribcage

September 02, 2011 01:29:54 GMT

has got herself a brand new tattoo. The troubled actress who gained fame for playing twins Hallie Parker and Annie James in 1998's "The Parent Trap" visited L.A. tattoo shop Shamrock Tattoos sometime this week to have the lyric to 's iconic song, "I Go to Extremes", inked on her ribcage.

Billy Joel Reveals About His Substance Abuse Problems in Memoirs

March 04, 2011 07:38:31 GMT

will open up about his highly-publicized battle with booze in an upcoming autobiography, just weeks after Sir went public with his concerns for his pal's heavy drinking problems in a candid magazine interview. Elton risked the wrath of his on/off tour mate earlier this year when he revealed his frustrations over Joel's love of alcohol in a Rolling Stone article, in which he suggested concerts had been canceled because of the Piano Man's issues.

Billy Joel May Make Comeback Performance With Elton John

January 08, 2011 04:04:57 GMT

is reportedly set to celebrate his speedy recovery from double hip replacement surgery by joining his pal Sir onstage in March when the Brit plays New York's fabled Madison Square Garden. The 61-year-old singer had the operation in November 2010, but was already back on his feet and hobbling around with the help of two canes within two weeks of the surgery.

Billy Joel Doing Well Post Hip Surgery

November 25, 2010 08:59:08 GMT

Rocker is recuperating "extremely well" after undergoing hip surgery in New York over the weekend. The "Piano Man" has been hobbling around with a cane due to a congenital hip ailment in recent weeks and he checked himself into a hospital in Long Island on Saturday, November 20 to have the problem fixed.

Billy Joel Allows 'Glee' to Use His Music but Refuses to Make Cameo

August 25, 2010 08:25:42 GMT

has given the producers of TV hit "" permission to pick through his back catalogue for an upcoming episode of the show dedicated to the music of the Piano Man. The rocker reveals he has signed-off on a plan to turn his life's work into a "Glee" special - and he can't wait to see what director Ryan Murphy and his cast make of songs like "Uptown Girl" and "New York State of Mind".

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