Billy Joel

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Biography

  • Birth Name: William Martin Joel
  • Birth Place: Bronx, New York, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/09/1949, Taurus
  • Profession: Singer; songwriter; pianist
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Billy Joel Fast Facts:
  • Father was imprisoned at the Dachau concentration camp during WWII.
  • Did not graduate from high school with his class in 1967 because he was short one credit in English; received his diploma in 1992 after the requirement was waived.
  • Is honored at Madison Square Garden with the number 12 hanging from the rafters, referring to his record 12 sold-out shows in the arena in 2006.
  • Released a collection of classical piano compositions, Fantasies & Delusions, in 2001.
  • Wrote the children's book Goodnight, My Angel: A Lullabye in 2004.
  • Broadway's Movin' Out is based on his music.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • Has teamed up with Elton John to perform their Face to Face tours several times over the years, beginning in 1994.
  • Billy Joel Relationships:
  • Alexander Joel - Half Brother
  • Alexa Ray Joel - Daughter
  • Rosalind Nyman Joel - Mother
  • Howard Joel - Father
  • Christie Brinkley - Ex-wife
  • Elizabeth Webber - Ex-wife
  • Judy - Sister
  • Katie Lee - Ex-wife
  • Billy Joel Awards:
  • 1979 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male Musical Performer - Winner
  • 1980 Grammy: Best Male Rock Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 1978 Grammy: Record of the Year - Winner
  • 1978 Grammy: Song of the Year - Winner
  • 1979 Grammy: Album of the Year - Winner
  • 1979 Grammy: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 2003 Tony: Orchestrations - Winner

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