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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AS 87 Billy Joel - Promotion Campaign ‘74-‘75 Radio Saturation U.S.A. The Great Campaign album art Various Los Angelenos, The Great Suburban Showdown, The Entertainer Various - Promotion Campaign ‘74-‘75 Radio Saturation U.S.A. The Great Campaign(LP, Album, Promo, Smplr, For) Columbia AS 87 US 1974 Sell This Version
73399 Billy Joel - Spectrum USA: Dialogue '74 album art Various Worse Comes To Worst Various - Spectrum USA: Dialogue '74(LP, Transcription) The United States Marine Corps Reserve 73399 US 1974 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - FM (The Original Movie Soundtrack) album art Various Just The Way You Are Various - FM (The Original Movie Soundtrack) (Comp, Album) MCA Records Germany 1978 Sell This Version
783-11 Billy Joel - American Top 40 album art Various with Casey Kasem She's Always A Woman Various with Casey Kasem - American Top 40(3xLP, Transcription + Box) American Top 40 783-11 US 1978 Sell This Version
784-6 Various My Life Various - American Top 40 Program Number 784-6 Chart Date11/11/78(4xLP, Transcription + Box) American Top 40 784-6 US 1978 Sell This Version
782-4 Billy Joel - American Top 40 (Program No. 782-4 For Week Ending April 22, 1978) album art Various Movin' Out Various - American Top 40 (Program No. 782-4 For Week Ending April 22, 1978)(3xLP, Transcription) Watermark 782-4 US 1978 Sell This Version
Mai '79 Billy Joel - CBS Neuheiten & Chartbreakers Mai '79 album art Various Honesty Various - CBS Neuheiten & Chartbreakers Mai '79(Cass, Promo, Smplr) CBS Mai '79 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
TC-267-8, 8XL 8275 Various My Life Various - Sound Waves - Today's Top Hits And Stars(8-Trk) K-Tel, Capitol Special Markets TC-267-8, 8XL 8275 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
802-3 Billy Joel - American Top 40 Program No. 802-3 album art Various #12. You May Be Right Various - American Top 40 Program No. 802-3(4xLP, Transcription + Box) Watermark 802-3 US 1980 Sell This Version
CDN 28 Billy Joel - Win A Dream Wardrobe album art Various It's Still Rock And Roll To Me Various - Win A Dream Wardrobe(LP, Promo, Smplr) CBS CDN 28 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
804-13 Billy Joel - American Top 40, The Top 100 Hits Of 1980 (part 1) album art Casey Kasem You May Be Right Casey Kasem - American Top 40, The Top 100 Hits Of 1980 (part 1)(4xLP, Transcription) Watermark 804-13 USA & Canada 1980 Sell This Version
ARM-8035 Billy Joel - Christmas Album album art Various It's Still Rock' n' Roll Various - Christmas Album(4xLP, Promo) Integrity Entertainment Corp. ARM-8035 US 1980 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - The Elite album art Various She's Always A Woman Various - The Elite (Comp, Album) K-Tel, K-Tel Argentina 1981 Sell This Version
MX200694 Billy Joel - Hot Shots album art Various You're My Home Various - Hot Shots(2xLP, Album, Promo) CBS MX200694 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
AS 902 Billy Joel - CBS Mastersound Highlights album art Various She's Always A Woman Various - CBS Mastersound Highlights(LP, Promo, Smplr) CBS AS 902 US 1981 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - CX Sampler album art Various Don't Ask Me Why Various - CX Sampler CBS Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
NMS-01-30-82 Billy Joel - Dick Clark National Music Survey album art Various She's Got A Way Various - Dick Clark National Music Survey(3xLP, Transcription + Box) Mutual Broadcasting System NMS-01-30-82 US 1982 Sell This Version
CSPS-2048 Billy Joel - How To Squeeze More Out Of Your Promotional Budget album art Various Only The Good Die Young Various - How To Squeeze More Out Of Your Promotional Budget(LP, Promo, Smplr) Columbia Special Products CSPS-2048 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
P 16859 Billy Joel - CX-Sampler album art Various Los Angelenos Various - CX-Sampler(LP, Promo, Smplr, CX ) Columbia Special Products P 16859 US 1982 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Easy Money (Original Soundtrack Recording) album art Rodney Dangerfield Easy Money Rodney Dangerfield - Easy Money (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Album) Columbia US 1983 Sell This Version
XAAP 90055 Billy Joel - All American Top 100 March 1983 album art Various Allentown Various - All American Top 100 March 1983(LP, Promo, Smplr) CBS/Sony XAAP 90055 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
XPR 1255 Billy Joel - Dec In-Store Album album art Various Tell Her About It Various - Dec In-Store Album(LP, Album, Promo) Epic, CBS XPR 1255 UK 1983 Sell This Version
none Billy Joel - Top 30 USA: Weekend Of October 8, 1983 album art Various #27 Uptown Girls and 2 more… Various - Top 30 USA: Weekend Of October 8, 1983(3xLP, Transcription + Box) CBS RadioRadio none US 1983 Sell This Version
2CDN-112 Billy Joel - CBS The Music Sampler -  Volume 2 album art Various Easy Money Various - CBS The Music Sampler - Volume 2(2xLP, Smplr) CBS 2CDN-112 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
none Billy Joel - Rock USA (Week Of May 7, 1983) album art Various It's Still Rock And Roll To Me Various - Rock USA (Week Of May 7, 1983)(3xLP, Transcription, Box) Mutual Broadcasting System none US 1983 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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