Billy Joel Celebrity Watchlist

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.


  • 1979, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1980, Grammy — Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1979, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Musical Performer: Winner
  • 2003, Tony — Orchestrations: Winner
  • 1978, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
  • 1979, Grammy — Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1978, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner


  • Alexis Roderick — Wife
  • Della Rose Joel — Daughter
  • Alexander Joel — Half Brother
  • Elizabeth Webber — Ex-wife
  • Howard Joel — Father
  • Judy — Sister
  • Katie Lee — Ex-wife
  • Christie Brinkley — Ex-wife
  • Alexa Ray Joel — Daughter
  • Rosalind Nyman Joel — Mother

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  • Birth Name: William Martin Joel
  • Birth Place: Bronx, New York, United States
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Pianist

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