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Billy Joel

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
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Full Name: William Martin Joel
Profession: Pianist, Songwriter and Composer

United States of America

Why Famous: Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man," in 1973, Billy Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States.

Joel is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards throughout his career and has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

Born: May 9, 1949
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Age: 71 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus

Married Life

  • 1985-03-23 Musician Billy Joel weds supermodel Christie Brinkley
  • 1994-04-14 Musician Billy Joel & supermodel Christie Brinkley announce plans to divorce
  • 2004-10-02 "Piano Man" singer-songwriter Billy Joel (55) weds television food critic and chef Katie Lee (23) at 15-acre waterfront estate in Centre Island, New York
  • 2015-07-04 Music legend Billy Joel (66) weds equestrian Alexis Roderick (33) in Long Island

Historical Events

  • 1978-10-13 "52nd Street" 6th studio album by Billy Joel is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1979)
  • 1980-02-27 22nd Grammy Awards: Song of the Year Kenny Loggins' "What a Fool Believes" Best Album Billy Joel's "52nd Street
  • 1980-07-18 Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" album tops US charts, featuring "Its Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me"
  • 1981-02-25 23rd Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross, Billy Joel wins
  • 1990-06-22 Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium
  • 1992-06-24 Billy Joel gets an honorary diploma from Hicksville High School at 43
  • 1994-10-17 Billy Joel performs opening concert at Cleveland's Gund Arena

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