W.M.J

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 (Album) United Artists Records US 1968 Sell This Version
UA 50450 Billy Joel - 4 O'Clock In The Morning / Let Me Bring You To The Sunshine album art The Hassles 4 O'Clock In The Morning (as W. Joel) 4 O'Clock In The Morning / Let Me Bring You To The Sunshine(7", Single, Promo) United Artists Records UA 50450 US 1968 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Every Step I Take (Every Move I Make) album art The Hassles Every Step I Take (Every Move I Make) (as W. Joel) Every Step I Take (Every Move I Make) (Single) United Artists Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Night After Day album art The Hassles Country Boy (as W. Joel) and 1 more… Night After Day (Single) United Artists Records US 1968 Sell This Version
35043 A Billy Joel - Great Balls Of Fire album art The Hassles Travelin' Band (as W. Joel) Great Balls Of Fire(7", Single) United Artists Records 35043 A Germany 1969 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Hour Of The Wolf album art The Hassles Land Of Despair (as William Joel) and 7 more… Hour Of The Wolf (Album) United Artists Records Brazil 1969 Sell This Version
LST-7601 Billy Joel - Ev'rybody's Talkin' album art Mario Said Every Step I Take (Every Move I Make) (as William Joel) Ev'rybody's Talkin'(LP) Liberty LST-7601 US 1969 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Attila album art Attila (5) Attila (Album) Epic Europe 1970 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Cold Spring Harbor album art Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor (Album) Family Productions US 1971 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - She's Got A Way album art Billy Joel She's Got A Way (Single) Family Productions US 1971 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Peter Anders album art Peter Anders Peter Anders (Album) Family Productions US 1972 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Tomorrow Is Today album art Billy Joel Tomorrow Is Today Family Productions US 1972 Sell This Version
6078 006 Billy Joel - Nocturne album art Billy Joel Nocturne(7") Philips 6078 006 Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
6078 006 Billy Joel - Nocturne album art Billy Joel Nocturne(7") Philips 6078 006 Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
6078 009 Billy Joel - Why Judy Why album art Billy Joel Why Judy Why(7") Philips 6078 009 Europe 1972 Sell This Version
6078 005 Billy Joel - You Can Make Me Free album art Billy Joel You Can Make Me Free(7", Single) Philips 6078 005 Portugal 1972 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Piano Man album art Billy Joel Piano Man (Single) Columbia France 1973 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Piano Man album art Billy Joel Piano Man (Album) Columbia US 1973 Sell This Version
AM 12015 Billy Joel - In London album art Teresa Brewer With Oily Rags Tomorrow Is Today Teresa Brewer With Oily Rags - In London(LP, Album, Gat) Flying Dutchman, Amsterdam (2) AM 12015 US 1973 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Travelin' Prayer album art Billy Joel Travelin' Prayer (Single) Columbia, Family Productions Canada 1973 Sell This Version
2069 037 Billy Joel - He's Got A Way album art Suzanne Lynch He's Got A Way He's Got A Way(7", Single) Polydor 2069 037 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
6300 078 Billy Joel - Otro... Alto Voltaje album art Various Se Fue Otro... Alto Voltaje(LP, Comp) Philips 6300 078 Chile 1973 Sell This Version
241069C Billy Joel - Cold Spring Harbour / Piano Man album art Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbour / Piano Man(Cass, Album, Comp, 2 A) CBS Inc. 241069C Australia 1973 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - The Entertainer album art Billy Joel The Entertainer (Single) Columbia Portugal 1974 Sell This Version
Billy Joel - Travelin' Prayer album art The Earl Scruggs Revue* Travelin' Prayer (as B. Joel) Travelin' Prayer Columbia Canada 1974 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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