Real Name:
William Martin Joel
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Billy Joel was born on May 9, 1949 in the Bronx and shortly after moved to the Levittown section of Hicksville, Long Island, New York where he started playing piano at the age of 4. In 1964, inspired by the Beatles, he formed his first band "The Echoes", which became "The Lost Souls" in 1965 and then "The Emerald Lords" in 1966. In 1967 he joined "The Hassles" and recorded two albums, which were not successful. Billy Joel and Jon Small, the drummer of The Hassles then formed the psychedelic duo "Attila" and released one album without success. In 1971 Billy Joel started his solo career with the album "Cold Spring Harbour" and finally achieved fame in 1973 with his song "Piano Man".

Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992.
Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 (Performer)
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Billy Joel - The Hassles album art The Hassles The Hassles - The Hassles (Album) United Artists Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Attila album art Attila (5) Attila (5) - Attila (Album) Epic US 1970 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Piano Man album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - Piano Man (Album) CBS, CBS Europe 1973 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Turnstiles album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - Turnstiles (Album) Columbia, Family Productions US 1976 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - The Stranger album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - The Stranger (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Family Productions US 1977 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - 52nd Street album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - 52nd Street (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Family Productions Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Glass Houses album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - Glass Houses (Album) Columbia, Columbia US 1980 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Songs In The Attic album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - Songs In The Attic (Album) Columbia, Family Productions Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain (Album) Columbia US 1982 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Cold Spring Harbor album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - Cold Spring Harbor (Album) CBS/Sony Japan 1971 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - An Innocent Man album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - An Innocent Man (Album) Columbia Philippines 1983 Sell This Version
A 12-6112, CBS A 12-6112, CBSA 12-6112 Billy Joel - We Are The World album art USA For Africa USA For Africa - We Are The World(12", Maxi) CBS, CBS, CBS A 12-6112, CBS A 12-6112, CBSA 12-6112 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - We Are The World - The Video Event album art USA For Africa We Are The World USA For Africa - We Are The World - The Video Event RCA / Columbia Pictures Home Video UK 1985 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Gettin' Away With Murder album art Patti Austin Talkin' 'Bout My Baby Patti Austin - Gettin' Away With Murder (Album) Warner Bros. Records Japan 1985 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II album art Billy Joel You're Only Human (Second Wind) and 1 more… Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II (Comp, Album) Columbia Zimbabwe 1985 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - We Are The World album art USA For Africa We Are The World USA For Africa - We Are The World (Album, Comp) CBS Portugal 1985 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - The Bridge album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - The Bridge (Album) Columbia, Columbia US 1986 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - True Colors album art Cyndi Lauper Cyndi Lauper - True Colors (Album) Portrait, Portrait, Portrait Japan 1986 Sell This Version
PRT 650988 7, 01-650988-00 Billy Joel - Maybe He'll Know album art Cyndi Lauper Maybe He'll Know Cyndi Lauper - Maybe He'll Know(7") Portrait, Portrait PRT 650988 7, 01-650988-00 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Концерт album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - Концерт (Album) Columbia Mexico 1987 Sell This Version
V30M1818 Billy Joel - We Are The World, The Story Behind The Song album art USA For Africa We Are The World USA For Africa - We Are The World, The Story Behind The Song(VHS, NTSC) Pony Canyon V30M1818 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Leningrad album art Billy Joel Leningrad Billy Joel - Leningrad (Single, Maxi, EP) CBS UK 1989 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Storm Front album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - Storm Front (Album) Columbia US 1989 Sell This Version
001013 2, CDCBS 88666, 465658 2, 001013 3, 001013 8 Billy Joel - Souvenir, The Ultimate Collection album art Billy Joel Billy Joel - Souvenir, The Ultimate Collection(Box, Comp, Ltd + 2xCD, Album + CD, Album + CD, Alb) CBS, CBS, CBS, CBS, CBS 001013 2, CDCBS 88666, 465658 2, 001013 3, 001013 8 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
W3CD 13511 Billy Joel Code Of Silence Billy Joel - Volume 2(3xCD, Album + Box, Comp) Columbia W3CD 13511 Canada 1991 Sell This Version

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TabloidWeasel

TabloidWeasel

November 26, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Mr. somewhereindetroit down below is the first person I came across who called Billy Joel "boring", which I find very interesting. If you don't understand the beauty of "Piano Man", "She's Always A Woman", and "Just The Way You Are" or the groove of "Big Shot", "Angry Young Man" and "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me", you must have broken ears.
solarbloom

solarbloom

April 17, 2013
I'm from punkland and noiseville myself, and have been for 25 years or so, but I still recognize that Billy Joel has a huge catalog of vital, stirring, and yes -- dare I say it -- historically significant material. Way too many fantastic tracks to even begin mentioning them all.... Stuff I can't stand? Of course, there's plenty, but that doesn't detract from the dozens of perfect and unique pop songs that I still choose to listen to on occasion -- the great lyrics are key to the whole equation, of course, as well -- that should go without saying :)

Still listen to "Movin' Out" every time I do so lol
somewhereindetroit

somewhereindetroit

August 25, 2009
Billy Joel is quite simply one of the most boring, overrated, overplayed musical performers of the last 100 years. Despite being a tremendously successful singer songwriter in commercial terms, the music of Billy Joel needs to be left in the past and man kind must start walking away from music such as Bill Joel that deserves to be buried in the sands of time. The most tolerable Billy Joel is the early Billy Joel, and the less singing and more commercial, the better.

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