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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Billy Joel Discography Tracks


73399 Various Worse Comes To Worst Various - Spectrum USA: Dialogue '74(LP) The United States Marine Corps Reserve 73399 US 1974 Sell This Version
Various Just The Way You Are Various - FM (The Original Movie Soundtrack) (Comp, Album) MCA Records Germany 1978 Sell This Version
783-11 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
782-4 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 Various Honesty Various - CBS Neuheiten & Chartbreakers Mai '79(Cass, Promo, Smplr) CBS Mai '79 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
802-3 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 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
TC 267 Various My LIfe Various - Soundwaves(LP, Album) K-Tel TC 267 Canada 1980 Sell This Version
AS 902 Various She's Always A Woman Various - CBS Mastersound Highlights(LP, Smplr, Promo) CBS AS 902 US 1981 Sell This Version
TU 3000 Various She's Always A Woman Various - The Elite(LP) K-Tel TU 3000 US 1981 Sell This Version
Various Don't Ask Me Why Various - CX Sampler CBS Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
NMS-01-30-82 Various She's Got A Way Various - Dick Clark National Music Survey(3xLP, Transcription) Mutual Broadcasting System NMS-01-30-82 US 1982 Sell This Version
CSPS-2048 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
Rodney Dangerfield Easy Money Rodney Dangerfield - Easy Money (Original Soundtrack Recording) (Album) Columbia US 1983 Sell This Version
XPR 1255 Various Tell Her About It Various - Dec In-Store Album(LP, Album, Promo) Epic, CBS XPR 1255 UK 1983 Sell This Version
none 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 Various Easy Money Various - CBS The Music Sampler - Volume 2(2xLP, Smplr) CBS 2CDN-112 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
412.065 Various Just The Way You Are Various - Lovers(LP, Smplr) Opus/Columbia 412.065 Brazil 1983 Sell This Version
Various Tell Her About It Various - Oro Puro 3 (Comp) CBS Italy 1984 Sell This Version
XPR 1261 Various She's Got Away Various - Nice Price Sampler Album - Mor/Ballad & Cameo Sampler(LP, Smplr) CBS, Epic XPR 1261 UK 1984 Sell This Version
841-11 Various An Innocent Man Various - American Top 40 With Casey Kasem 18/3/1984(4xLP, Rad) ABC Watermark 841-11 USA & Canada 1984 Sell This Version
CM 001 Various Uptown Girl Various - Lend An Ear To The Sounds Of Success(LP, Promo, Smplr) CBS CM 001 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
88 647 Various Say Goodbye To Hollywood Various - Super Party: Weltstars singen ihre Millionerfolge(2xLP, Smplr) CBS 88 647 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
CPRS 001 Various Uptown Girl Various - The Best Of Columbia Pictures Publications For Wind Band!(LP, Smplr, Dem) Not On Label CPRS 001 UK 1985 Sell This Version
852-2 Rick Dees 28. Keeping The Faith Rick Dees - Rick Dees' Weekly Top 40 (Weekend Of April 12, 1985)(4xLP, Album) The United Stations 852-2 US 1985 Sell This Version

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January 3, 2018
Note to Tabloid Weasel and the other guy: I'm not trolling when I say that Billy Joel is an overrated sack of garbage. Crooning with false depth and silly, cheap attitude, Billy Joel is the excrement residue left behind from real song writers like Carol King and Bob Dylan. Also, I'm pretty sure he hasn't even played piano live or even on his own recordings for years. Forget that noise.


November 26, 2016
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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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