Real Name:
William Martin Joel
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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TKR-1 Billy Joel - Yes! near Real album art Various New York State of Mind Various - Yes! near Real(12", Smplr) Trio Records TKR-1 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
MWDN 604 Billy Joel - Volume 6 Program 4 album art Various Tell Her About It (Extended Edit) Various - Volume 6 Program 4(2x12", P/Mixed) Disconet Program Service MWDN 604 US 1983 Sell This Version
ESP 12155 Billy Joel - Coca Cola Hot Hits 2 album art Various You May Be Right Various - Coca Cola Hot Hits 2(7", Cle) CBS Special Products ESP 12155 Belgium 1983 Sell This Version
DMC 24/2 Billy Joel - January 85 - The Mixes album art Various Tell Her About It Various - January 85 - The Mixes(12") DMC DMC 24/2 UK 1985 Sell This Version
52074 Billy Joel - Supermix album art Various Modern Woman Various - Supermix(12", Promo) CBS 52074 Brazil 1986 Sell This Version
285 Billy Joel - Кругозор №12/1987 album art Various Такая, Какая Ты Есть (as Б. Джоэл) Various - Кругозор №12/1987(6xFlexi, 7", Mono) Кругозор (2) 285 USSR 1987 Sell This Version
282 Billy Joel - Кругозор №9/1987 album art Various Бегом По Льду (as Билли Джоэл) and 1 more… Various - Кругозор №9/1987(6xFlexi, 7", Mono) Кругозор (2) 282 USSR 1987 Sell This Version
12 PRM 135 Billy Joel - Special For Dee Jays album art Various We Didn't Start The Fire Various - Special For Dee Jays(12") CBS 12 PRM 135 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
ARIC 2398 Billy Joel - Acércate Mas A La Slow Dance album art Various Leningrad Various - Acércate Mas A La Slow Dance(12", Maxi, Num) CBS ARIC 2398 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
ARIC 0078 Billy Joel - Various Artists album art Various When You Wish Upon A Star Various - Various Artists(7", EP, Promo) CBS ARIC 0078 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
PRLP-95834 Billy Joel - Estremecete = All Shook Up / Heartbreak Hotel / Are You Lonesome Tonight / Suspicious Minds. album art Various Heartbreak Hotel and 1 more… Various - Estremecete = All Shook Up / Heartbreak Hotel / Are You Lonesome Tonight / Suspicious Minds.(12", Single, Promo, Tra) Sony Music PRLP-95834 Mexico 1992 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Music Factory Mastermix - Issue 87 album art Various Uptown Girl Various - Music Factory Mastermix - Issue 87 (Comp) Music Factory UK 1993 Sell This Version
DMC 186/3 Billy Joel - Pop Mixes 186 album art Various The Uptown Love Shack Girl (The Uptown Girl Vs. Love Shack) Various - Pop Mixes 186(12") DMC DMC 186/3 UK 1998 Sell This Version
SAMPCD 2043 Billy Joel - Οι Φιλοι Απο Τη Sony Music Σας Ευχονται Χαρουμενες Γιορτες album art Various The River Of Dreams Various - Οι Φιλοι Απο Τη Sony Music Σας Ευχονται Χαρουμενες Γιορτες(CD, Mini) Sony SAMPCD 2043 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
PES 268 85 Billy Joel - Conga album art Various You're Only Human Various - Conga(7", Single) CBS PES 268 85 Colombia Unknown Sell This Version
FB1002 Billy Joel - Feenin Beats Volume 2 album art Various Stiletto Various - Feenin Beats Volume 2(12") Feenin' Beats FB1002 US Unknown Sell This Version

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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.


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


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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