Billy Joel

Billy Joel

Singer, songwriter, pianist
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Billy Joel

William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man", he has been making music since the 1960s, releasing popular albums throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s.

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Full name at birth
William Joseph Martin Joel
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Claim to fame
Piano Man
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Date of birth
9 May 1949
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Place of birth
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
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Age
72
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Pianist, Singer, Songwriter, Producer
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5' 5½" (166 cm)
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ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Net worth
$200,000,000 USD
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High school
Hicksville High School, Hicksville, Long Island, New York, United States (Was Suppose To Graduate In 1967) (Did Not Graduate Until 1992)
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Talent agency
  • Splash Talent
  • Richard De La Font Agency
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Partner: Alexis Roderick (Married) 1 child
Dec 2009-
Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick
Don`t take any sh*t from anybody!
  • Son of Rosalynd Nyman, born in England to an agnostic Jewish family, and Howard Joel, a Jewish Hollocaust survivor from Germany, whose family owned the fourth largest mail order company in Germany before dispossessed by the Nazis. After his divorce, Howard returned to Europe and married again. Billy's half-brother is the famous concert pianist Alexander Joel.
  • Family Records, the first label that Joel signed with back in the early 70's, had a lifetime clause in their contract with Joel. This clause came back to haunt Joel when he signed with major label Columbia Records a few years later. Up until the end of the 1980's, every Joel album sold by Columbia, 25 cents would be paid to Family as a royalty for each album sold. Also, Columbia had to put the Family name, logo, and copyright on every Joel album they produced.
  • His and Twyla Tharp's hit musical "Movin' Out" received 10 Tony nominations for the 2003 Tony Awards including: Best New Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations. Out of the 10 nominations "Movin' Out" received two Tony's, one went to Tharp for Best Choreography, and the other went to Joel himself for Best Orchestrations.
  • He played piano on the 1965 Shangri-Las hit "Leader of the Pack". He was 16 years old at the time.
  • Some of his countless hits are "Piano Man" (1973), "She`s Always a Woman" (1978), "My Life" (1979), "It`s Still Rock and Roll to Me" (1980, first US #1) "Allentown" (1982), "Uptown Girl" (1983, first UK #1), "Tell Her About It" (1983, US #1), "The Longest Time" (1983), "We Didn`t Start The Fire" (1989), "Leningrad" (1989), "The Rivers of Dreams" (1993) and "All About Soul" (1993).

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