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Billy Joel Biography

Birth Name:
William Martin Joel
Birth Place:
Bronx, New York, United States
Singer, songwriter, pianist

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


  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated