Billy Joel

Billy Joel

Rock Singer

William Martin Joel is an American singer, pianist and songwriter. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man" after his signature song of the same name, he has led a commercially successful career as a solo ...

Full Name
William Martin Joel
May 9, 1949
5′ 5″
Net Worth


William Martin Joel, better known as Billy Joel, was born on May 9, 1949 in the Bronx, New York. His parents were Howard and Rosalind Joel. He is an American singer-songwriter who began to play piano at a young age. As a teenager he formed his first band The Echoes with two of his friends from high school. In 1972, his debut album “Cold Spring Harbor” was released which contained some of his most popular songs such as “Piano Man” and “The Entertainer”.

In 1976, Billy Joel released the album “Turnstiles” that featured his hit song “New York State of Mind” which became an instant classic and earned him critical acclaim. In 1977 he released the album “The Stranger” which featured more classics like “Just the Way You Are” and “Only The Good Die Young”. This album established him as one of the top artist in pop music.

Joel went on to release several more albums throughout the rest of the 70s and 80s including An Innocent Man (1983) and Storm Front (1989). His success continued into the 1990s with many chart topping singles such as River Of Dreams (1993), All About Soul (1993) and We Didn't Start The Fire (1989). In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his significant contribution to popular music over the years.

Throughout his career Billy Joel has sold over 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He continues to tour extensively today and is considered one of the greatest musicians of our time.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1949</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Billy Joel is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On May 9, 1949, Billy Joel was born in the Bronx, New York.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1972</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joel's First Solo Album is Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Joel releases his first solo album "Cold Spring Harbor".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1977</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">The Stranger Album is Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Billy Joel releases his 5th studio album The Stranger which goes on to become one of the most successful albums of all time.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1982</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Grammy Award for Album of the Year</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Joel wins the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for his hit album "The Nylon Curtain".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1986</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joel Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Billy Joel is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1999</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joel Receives Kennedy Center Honors</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Billy Joel receives the Kennedy Center Honors for his contribution to American culture.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2013</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joel Receives a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Billy Joel receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Great Musician</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Billy Joel is a great musician, having released hits like "Piano Man" and "Uptown Girl". His music has spanned many genres including rock, pop, and jazz. He is also an accomplished pianist, which adds to his appeal as a musician.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Great Storyteller</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Billy Joel is a great storyteller. His lyrics often tell stories about characters in everyday life, making them relatable to his fans. He also incorporates humor into his storytelling, which makes him even more entertaining.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Has Endured the Test of Time</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Billy Joel has been making music for over 40 years now. His music has remained popular throughout the decades and he continues to tour and perform today. This shows that he has stood the test of time and still has something to offer his fans.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Rock Artist to Be Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall of Fame</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Billy Joel was the first rock artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Longest Concert at Madison Square Garden</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2006, Billy Joel set a record for the longest concert ever at Madison Square Garden by performing 12 shows in a row.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Released Greatest Hits Album Before His 30th Birthday</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Billy Joel released his greatest hits album 'Greatest Hits Volume 1 & 2' before he turned 30 years old.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Won Grammy Award for Record of the Year</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Billy Joel won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1979 for his song "Just the Way You Are".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Has an Asteroid Named After Him</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Billy Joel has an asteroid named after him - 68912 Billyjoel.</p></div>


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