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His father sold his business at a fraction of its value to emigrate. Joel announced a concert residency at Madison Square Garden, playing one concert a month indefinitely, starting January 27, 2014. [65] Joel told Rolling Stone magazine: "We'll probably pick it up again. The title track -- culled from experiences he had while singing at the Executive Room -- became a Top 40 hit single. His father sold his successful business at a fraction of its worth in order to emigrate. Despite being retirement age he is still active in the music business and has been touring since the 1990s. [11], Joel's father, Howard (born Helmut) Joel (1923–2011), a classical pianist[12][11] and businessman, was born in Nuremberg, Germany, to a Jewish family, the son of merchant and manufacturer Karl Amson Joel. [109] He has performed at benefit concerts that have helped raise funds for political causes. [80] Joel returned to Nassau Coliseum on April 5, 2017, to play the first concert at the newly renovated venue. In an interview he said of the group's effect on him: [81] Later that month, Joel played the first concert at Atlanta's new SunTrust Park, the suburban home of the Atlanta Braves.[82]. Despite largely retiring from writing and releasing pop music following the release of River of Dreams, he continues to tour; he frequently performs at Madison Square Garden. Two of his performances from that night, "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" were filmed and featured that night as part of ABC's special New Year's Y2K coverage. Billy Joel was birthed as William Martin Joel in the year 1949 on 9th May. [57] During this concert Joel, enraged by the bright lights, flipped his electric piano and snapped a microphone stand while continuing to sing. The Disney animated children's film, Oliver & Company, released in November 1988, features Joel in a rare acting (voice only) role, as the character Dodger, a sarcastic Jack Russell. The CD and DVD of the show, Live at Shea Stadium, were released on March 8, 2011. In 1974, Joel recorded his second Columbia album in Los Angeles, Streetlife Serenade. [92] They divorced on July 20, 1982. Columbia Records introduced Joel to Phil Ramone, who produced all of Joel's studio albums from The Stranger (1977) to The Bridge (1986). In 1986, Joel was on the site selection committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame board. On July 31, 2006, he performed a free concert in Rome, with the Colosseum as the backdrop.[68]. [93], Joel married a second time, to model Christie Brinkley, in March 1985. Billy Joel Occupation Songwriter, Singer Birth Date May 9, 1949 (age 71) Place of Birth The Bronx, New York AKA Billy Joel Bill Martin Full Name William Martin Joel Zodiac Sign Taurus. On January 7, 2006, Joel began a tour across the U.S. Having not written, or at least released, any new songs in 13 years, he featured a sampling of songs from throughout his career, including major hits as well as obscure tunes like "Zanzibar" and "All for Leyna". [11] After Rosalind and Howard Joel divorced in 1957, Howard returned to Europe, as he had never liked the United States, considering the people uneducated and materialistic. "Joel and his 'uptown girl' have a girl". At the time, Joel said that it would be his last tour and possibly his last concert. The singer's stint of 12 shows at Madison Square Garden broke a previous record set by New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen, who played 10 sold-out shows at the same arena. Joel’s parents divorced in 1957 making his father move to Vienna, Austria. The family reached the United States via Cuba, because immigration quotas for German Jews prevented direct immigration at the time. Joel left the band in 1967 to join the Hassles, a Long Island group that had signed with United Artists Records. [103], Joel has battled depression for many years. After seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, Joel decided to pursue a career in music. From one of the final shows of the tour, Joel made his first video special, Live from Long Island, which was recorded at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on December 30, 1982. That year, Joel also started work on River of Dreams, finishing the album in early 1993. Joel has stated that he wanted the album to communicate his feelings about the American Dream and how changes in American politics during the Reagan years meant that "all of a sudden you weren't going to be able to inherit [the kind of life] your old man had. "2000 Years" was prominent in the millennium concert at Madison Square Garden, December 31, 1999, and "Famous Last Words" closed the book on Joel's pop songwriting for more than a decade. It is one of the best-selling albums in American music history, according to the RIAA. By the end of 1973, Billy Joel's first album for Columbia Records, Piano Man, had been released.The record slowly worked its way up the charts, peaking at number 27 in the spring of 1974. Howard was educated in Switzerland. Joel often uses bits of these songs as interludes in live performances, and some of them are part of the score for the hit show Movin' Out. Ray Charles made the induction speech and mentioned the duet Joel wrote for the two of them, "Baby Grand" (a track on Joel's album The Bridge released in 1986). His Father’s Name is Helmut Joel and mother’s name is Rosalind Nyman. Coinciding with the Greatest Hits album release, Joel released a two-volume Video Album that was a compilation of the promotional videos he had recorded from 1977 to the present time. The same year, the couple's daughter Della Rose Joel, was born. Read more — link in bio! Joel's next album, The Bridge (1986), did not achieve the level of success of his previous albums, but it yielded the hits "A Matter of Trust" and "Modern Woman" from the film Ruthless People, a dark comedy from the directors of Airplane! Another well-known single from the album is the ballad "And So It Goes" (No. In March 2005, he checked into the Betty Ford Center,[106] where he spent 30 days for the treatment of alcohol abuse. He was birthed in a Jewish household to Howard as well as Rosalind. "[90] In 2014, Schruers published a biography, simply titled Billy Joel, based on his extensive personal interviews with Joel. When their relationship began, she was married to Billy's music partner Jon Small, with whom she had a son. The Bridge was Joel's last album to carry the Family Productions logo, after which he severed his ties with Artie Ripp. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Billy Joel has a net worth of around £166 million ($225m). Billy Joel Marries Alexis Roderick in Surprise Wedding at His Estate The singer and Roderick tied the knot on July 4 at the singer's Long Island estate [120] His high school diploma was finally awarded by the school board 25 years later. Billy Joel, popularly called Piano man, has married a total of four times in his lifetime. The album sold over seven million copies, propelled to number one on the charts by the hits "My Life" (No. This is what I'm going to do — play in a rock band'. 24), and "She's Always a Woman" (No. Billy Joel was born on the 9 th May, 1949 and is currently 70 years old. Following the success of An Innocent Man, Joel was asked about releasing an album of his most successful singles. The concert (dubbed The Night of the 2000 Years) ran for close to four hours and was later released as 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert. Commonly nicknamed the “Piano Man”, he has been making music since the 1960s, releasing popular albums throughout the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. [133], American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist, Joel at the opening night of the 2009 season at the. As well as writing classical music, he has frequently been on the road, usually with Elton John. The Stranger was an enormous commercial success, yielding four Top-25 hits on the Billboard charts: "Just the Way You Are" (No. To escape the Nazi regime, Howard's family emigrated to Switzerland. "[33] His drummer and bandmate, Jon Small, rushed him to the hospital. His August 4, 2015 engagement at Nassau Coliseum was the final concert prior to arena undergoing a US$261 million renovation. Joel later recorded "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" as a message to help prevent teen suicide. See Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden and more upcoming tour dates. [124] On September 20, 2004, Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his work in the music industry, located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard. The track was dedicated to servicemen based in Iraq. Joel has also stated in many interviews, most recently in a 2008 interview in Performing Songwriter magazine, that he does not think The Bridge is a good album. 52nd Street also won Grammy awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Album of the Year. 8 in the UK, early in 1984. She doesn’t share information about her childhood, family. "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" was a minor hit; Ronnie Spector recorded a cover as did Nigel Olsson, then drummer with Elton John. The family reached the United States via Cuba. 1997's "To Make You Feel My Love" and "Hey Girl" both charted from Joel's Greatest Hits Volume III album. [23] After seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, Joel decided to pursue a career in music. That summer, "Leave a Tender Moment Alone" was released and it hit No. On December 11, 2008, Joel recorded his own rendition of "Christmas in Fallujah" during a concert at Acer Arena in Sydney and released it as a live single in Australia only. DeVitto had never been given songwriting or arranging credit on any of Joel's songs, but he claimed that he helped arrange some of them, including "Only the Good Die Young". On the 9thof May in 1949, Howard and Rosalind Joel had their first child, William Martin Joel. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" spent 11 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and was the 7th biggest hit of 1980 according to American Top 40. They spearated in 2009. Billy Joeel is one of the best-selling artists of all time, and is the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States as of 2021, with over 150 million records sold worldwide. Like the five-time Grammy-award winner, Alexa decided to pursue a … The character's design is based on Joel's image at the time, including his trademark Wayfarer sunglasses. [69] The song, titled "All My Life", was Joel's newest single (with second track "You're My Home", live from Madison Square Garden 2006 tour) and was released into stores on February 27, 2007. This biography is the first in-depth portrait of a man who is the son of German Jews who fled the Nazi regime, including his childhood in the Bronx, his professional struggles, and his six Grammys. When he was one year old, his family moved to the Long Island suburb Hicksville, in the town of Oyster Bay, where he and his younger sister, Judy, were raised in a section of Levitt homes. "Christmas in Fallujah" is only the second pop/rock song released by Joel since 1993's River of Dreams. Weber and Joel later married in 1973 and she became his manager. [94][95] Alexa was given the middle name of Ray after Ray Charles, one of Joel's musical idols. Rolling Stone noted, "HarperCollins acquired the book project for US$3 million in 2008. The album was well received by critics, with Stephen Thomas Erlewine, senior editor for AllMusic, describing Joel as being "in top form as a craftsman throughout the record, effortlessly spinning out infectious, memorable melodies in a variety of styles. [23] Over the next year and a half, they released four singles and two albums (The Hassles and Hour of the Wolf). He is now holding the highest box office attendance of any artist to play at the arena. His father moved to Vienna after the divorce. Although Streetlife Serenade is often considered[by whom?] His manager at the time was Jon Troy, an old friend from New York's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood; Troy was soon replaced by Joel's wife Elizabeth. It is perhaps best known for "The Entertainer", a No. [58][59] He later apologized for the incident. Billy Joel has a half-brother, Alexander Joel, born to his father in Europe, who became a classical conductor there. [20], Joel attended Hicksville High School until 1967, but he did not graduate with his class. Joel is expected to return his advance on that sum to the publisher. He has three daughters: Alexa Ray Joel with Brinkley, and Della Rose and Remy Anne with Roderick. Joel played on a demo version of "Leader of the Pack", which became a major hit for the Shangri-Las. Alexa was given the middle name of Ray after Ray Charles, one of Billy's musical heroes. Billy Joel's Interview on Howard Stern. The song "The Great Wall of China" was written about his ex-manager Frank Weber and was a regular in the setlist for Joel's 2006 tour. On June 13, 2006, Columbia released 12 Gardens Live, a double album containing 32 live recordings from a collection of the 12 different shows at Madison Square Garden during Joel's 2006 tour. In late 1975, Joel played piano and organ on several tracks on Bo Diddley's The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star album. Billy Joel has been in relationships with Deborah Dampiere (2009), Alex Donnelley (2009), Dina Meyer (2001), Trish Bergen (2000 - 2002), Carolyn Beegan (1994 - 2000), Harriet Baldwin-Carter (1982 - 1983) and Elle Macpherson (1981 - 1982). The concerts were featured in the 2010 documentary film Last Play at Shea. [46], His next release, Songs in the Attic, was composed of live performances of lesser-known songs from the beginning of his career. [100] The couple had been together since 2009. [87], In 2011, Joel announced that he was releasing an autobiography that he had written with Fred Schruers, titled The Book of Joel: A Memoir. 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Geils Band, The Beach Boys, Badfinger, and Taj Mahal. Billy Joel is an American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Under the agreement, UMPG and Rondor replaced EMI Music Publishing in handling Joel's catalog outside the US. Joel performed his classical piece titled, "Waltz No. He subsequently announced his return to the UK for the first time in seven years to perform three dates in October and November. Billy Joel is a 71 year old American Musician. Joel subsequently sued Weber for US$90 million, claiming fraud and breach of fiduciary duty and in January 1990 he was awarded US$2 million in a partial judgment against Weber; in April, the court dismissed a US$30 million countersuit filed by Weber.[60]. Produced by James William Guercio (then Chicago's producer), Turnstiles was first recorded at Caribou Ranch with members of Elton John's band. In 1970, a career decline and personal tragedies worsened his moods. He also had a banner raised in his honor for being the highest grossing act in the history of the Times Union Center (formerly the Knickerbocker Arena and Pepsi Arena) in Albany, New York. Joel is the only performing artist to have played both Yankee and Shea Stadiums, as well as Giants Stadium, Madison Square Garden, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In addition, people who were "overreacting" were removed by security. In December, the title song, "An Innocent Man", was released as a single and it peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100 and No. When their relationship began, she was married to Jon Small, his music partner in the short-lived duo Attila, with whom she had a son. In 2005, Columbia released a box set, My Lives, which is largely a compilation of demos, b-sides, live/alternative versions and even a few Top 40 hits. Billy Joel height 5ft 5in (167 cm/ 1.67 m) and Weight 66 kg (144 lbs). In 2015, Joel married a fourth time, to Alexis Roderick, an equestrian and former Morgan Stanley executive. [29], In late 1965, the Echoes changed their name to the Emeralds, and then to the Lost Souls. Joel said in a 1996 Masterclass session in Pittsburgh that Storm Front was a turbulent album and that "And So It Goes", as the last song on the album, portrayed the calm and tranquility that often follows a violent thunderstorm. When the affair was revealed, Weber (temporarily) severed her relationships with both men. 17), "Only the Good Die Young" (No. The two remained friends.[67]. With Long Island boating businessman Peter Needham, he formed the Long Island Boat Company. On December 31, 1999, Joel performed at New York's Madison Square Garden. Roderick born year is 1982. [77] The first MSG show also launched the Billy Joel in Concert tour, which continued at the Amway Center (in Orlando, Florida) where Joel performed several cover songs such as Elton John's "Your Song", Billy Preston's "You Are So Beautiful" (in tribute to Joe Cocker), The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Can't Buy Me Love", and "When I'm 64", Robert Burns' "Auld Lang Syne", and AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" (with Brian Johnson). [33], The next wave of Joel's career commenced with the recording of his next studio album, The Nylon Curtain. On December 1, 2007, Joel premiered his new song "Christmas in Fallujah". [71] The song was performed by Cass Dillon, a new Long Island based musician, as Joel felt it should be sung by someone in a soldier's age range (though he himself has played the song occasionally in concert.) 2 in UK. 1 and 2 was released as a four-sided album and two-CD set, with the songs in the order in which they were released. Weber and Joel later married in 1973 and she became his manager. Alexander Joel was the chief musical director of the Staatstheater Braunschweig from 2001 to 2014. [43] His performance is captured in Ernesto Juan Castellanos's documentary Havana Jam '79. His mood was light, and joke-filled, even introducing himself as "Billy Joel's dad" and stating "you guys overpaid to see a fat bald guy". [85][86], In November 2010, Joel opened a shop in Oyster Bay, Long Island, to manufacture custom-made, retro-styled motorcycles and accessories. Billy Joel ranks among rock'n'roll’s most talented artists. Joel's daughter, Alexa Ray, then 18, served as maid of honor. Joel's father Howard (born Helmut) (1923–2011), was a classical pianist and businessman, and was born in Nuremberg, Germany, to a Jewish family. Joel's Russian tour was the first live rock radio broadcast in Soviet history. On January 26, 2008, Joel performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra celebrating the 151st anniversary of the Academy of Music. At age 11, he was baptised in a Church of Christ in Hicksville. They were accepted, and he was awarded his diploma at Hicksville High's annual graduation ceremony 25 years after leaving. [11] He settled in Vienna, Austria, and later remarried. Additionally, the agreement marked the first time since Joel regained control of his publishing rights in the 1980s that he began to use an administrator to handle his catalog within the U.S. [33] In a recorded Masterclass at the University of Pennsylvania, Joel later recollected that he had written to the Beatles asking them how to get started in the music industry. Joel says that he is a better organist than pianist. The duo disbanded the following October when Joel began an affair with Small's wife, Elizabeth. His 1985 compilation album, Greatest Hits Vol. Glass Houses spent six weeks at No. The entourage was filmed for television and video to offset the cost of the trip, and the concerts were simulcast on radio around the world. The long-awaited, all-access biography of a music legend. The success of his piano-driven ballads like "Just the Way You Are", "She's Always a Woman", and "Honesty" led some critics to label Joel a "balladeer" and "soft rocker". 1. [51][52] The song became a worldwide hit upon its release. 17), and "She's Got a Way" (No. 1 on the Billboard chart and yielded the hits "You May Be Right" (used as the theme song, covered by Southside Johnny, for the CBS mid-1990s sitcom Dave's World) (No. [128], On December 12, 2011, Joel became the first non-classical musician honored with a portrait in Steinway Hall. "[110] Nonetheless, in 2016, after his sarcastic dedication of "The Entertainer" to then-Republican candidate Donald Trump[111] was taken as a serious endorsement, Joel told the New York Daily News in an email that he would be voting for Hillary Clinton. The album topped the classical charts at No. "Allentown" spent six weeks at a peak position of No. Joel released his seventh studio album, Glass Houses, in 1980 in an attempt to further establish himself as a rock and roll artist; this release featured "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" (Joel's first single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart), "You May Be Right", "Don't Ask Me Why", and "Sometimes a Fantasy". He also owns a house in Sag Harbor. Joel also revamped his backing band, dismissing everyone but drummer Liberty DeVitto, guitarist David Brown, and saxophone player Mark Rivera, and bringing in new faces, including multi-instrumentalist Crystal Taliefero. Joel's second wife, Christie Brinkley, attended the union and gave the couple her blessing. In addition to the title track, the album includes the hits "All About Soul" (with Color Me Badd on backing vocals) and "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)", written for his daughter, Alexa. That night, he also performed "Your Song" with Elton John. He was 73 years old. Joel said that he wanted to "create a sonic masterpiece" on The Nylon Curtain. Joel signed a recording contract with Columbia in 1972 and moved to Los Angeles, California; he lived there for the next three years. He also admitted that Canadian folk-pop musician Gordon Lightfoot was the musical inspiration for "She's Always A Woman".[72]. In 1979, Joel also traveled to Havana, Cuba, to participate in the historic Havana Jam festival that took place between March 2–4, alongside Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Stills, the CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Billy Swan, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnegan, Weather Report, and an array of Cuban artists such as Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Tata Güines and Orquesta Aragón. Joel, however, lived with his mother. That March, "The Longest Time" was released as a single, peaking at No. This was not the first time this topic had come up, but Joel had initially considered "Greatest Hits" albums as marking the end of one's career. Billy Joel. Walter Yetnikoff, the president of CBS/Columbia Records at the time, bought back the rights to Joel's songs in the late 1970s, giving the rights to Joel as a birthday gift. He left a suicide note and attempted to end his life by drinking furniture polish. Billy Joel's first wife was Elizabeth Weber Small. That one performance changed my life ... Up to that moment I'd never considered playing rock as a career. 18. — I said: 'I know these guys, I can relate to these guys, I am these guys.' [84] Joel was forced to postpone his 2020 concerts indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An Innocent Man, released in 1983, served as an homage to genres of music which Joel had grown up with in the 1950s, such as rhythm and blues and doo-wop; this release featured "Uptown Girl" and "The Longest Time", two of his best-known songs. 3), "Movin' Out" (No. The song was originally written in 1983, around the time Joel was writing songs for An Innocent Man; but "And So It Goes" did not fit that album's retro theme, so it was held back until Storm Front. Its cover art was a colorful painting by Christie Brinkley that was a series of scenes from each of the songs on the album. In May 2013, it was announced that Joel would hold his first ever indoor Irish concert at the O2 in Dublin on November 1. He celebrated his 71st birthday in 2020. In 1977, Billy Joel released his album The Stranger, his first critical and commercial success which spent six weeks at #2 on the charts. Along with videos for the new singles off the Greatest Hits album, Joel also recorded a video for his first hit, "Piano Man", for this project. 7 on the charts, partially due to heavy airplay on MTV for the videos to the singles "Allentown" and "Pressure". (C) 1978 BBChttp://vevo.ly/R5O2yB [78] Joel also performed an unusual set, including the song "Souvenir" (from 1974's Streetlife Serenade) and excluding "We Didn't Start the Fire". Kate Garraway Explore music, lyrics, news, photos, videos, and more. [12] He has said that neither of his parents had talked much about World War II, which were such dark years; it was not until later that he learned more about his father's family. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. 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