56 Facts About Billy Joel

1. Billy Joel received the prize at a performance ceremony in November 2014 from James H Billington, the Librarian of Congress, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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2. On December 29, 2013 in Washington, DC, Billy Joel received Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts.

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3. On December 12, 2011 Billy Joel became the first non-classical musician honored with a portrait in Steinway Hall.

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4. Billy Joel was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15, 2006.

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5. On September 20, 2004, Billy Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his work in the music industry, located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard.

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6. Billy Joel has won five Grammys, including Album of the Year for 52nd Street and Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Just the Way You Are".

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7. Billy Joel was named MusiCares Person of the Year for 2002, an award given each year at the same time as the Grammy Awards.

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8. Billy Joel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1999 by one of his chief musical influences, Ray Charles.

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9. In 1986, Billy Joel was on the site selection committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame board.

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10. Billy Joel graduated well after his high school peers because of a missed English exam.

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11. Billy Joel has performed at benefit concerts that have helped raise funds for political causes.

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12. In 2002, Billy Joel entered Silver Hill Hospital, a substance abuse and psychiatric center in New Canaan, Connecticut.

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13. On July 4, 2015, Billy Joel married a fourth time, to Alexis Roderick, an equestrian and former Morgan Stanley executive, at his estate on Long Island.

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14. On October 2, 2004, Billy Joel married Katie Lee, his third wife.

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15. Billy Joel married a second time, to model Christie Brinkley, in March 1985.

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16. In November 2010, Billy Joel opened a shop in Oyster Bay, Long Island, to manufacture custom-made, retro-styled motorcycles and accessories.

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17. In 1996, Billy Joel merged his long-held love of boating with his desire for a second career.

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18. Billy Joel performed an unusual set, including the song "Souvenir" and excluding "We Didn't Start the Fire".

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19. On December 3, 2013, it was announced that Billy Joel would become a franchise of Madison Square Garden, playing one concert a month indefinitely, starting with a date on January 27, 2014.

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20. In 2015, Billy Joel performed 21 concerts from January 7 to August 2 in various cities around the US and Canada.

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21. Billy Joel headlined a solo arena concert in New York City for the first time since 2006 when he performed at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on December 31, 2013.

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22. Billy Joel played two arena dates in Manchester and Birmingham plus a very special show at London's Hammersmith Apollo.

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23. In May 2013, it was announced that Billy Joel would hold his first ever indoor Irish concert at the O2 in Dublin on November 1.

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24. Billy Joel changed the lyrics to "Miami 2017" to make it relate to all the damage caused by Sandy.

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25. In 2012, Billy Joel signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group, and its subsidiary Rondor Music International.

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26. On December 11, 2008, Billy 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.

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27. On July 16, 2008, and July 18, 2008, Billy Joel played the final concerts at Shea Stadium before its demolition.

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28. Billy Joel sold out 10 concerts at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut from May to July 2008.

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29. On March 10, 2008, Billy Joel inducted his friend John Mellencamp into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

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30. Billy Joel premiered his new classical piece titled, "Waltz No 2" arranged by Brad Ellis.

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31. On January 26, 2008, Billy Joel performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra celebrating the 151st anniversary of the Academy of Music.

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32. Billy Joel wrote it in September 2007 after reading numerous letters sent to him from American soldiers in Iraq.

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33. On December 1, 2007, Billy Joel premiered his new song "Christmas in Fallujah".

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34. Billy Joel visited the United Kingdom and Ireland for the first time in many years as part of the European leg of his 2006 tour.

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35. Billy Joel had a banner raised in his honor for being the highest grossing act in the history of the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.

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36. On January 7, 2006, Billy Joel began a tour across the US 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".

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37. In 2003, Billy Joel inducted The Righteous Brothers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, noting that his song "Until the Night" from the album 52nd Street was a tribute to the duo.

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38. Billy 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.

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39. At the time, Billy Joel said that it would be his last tour and possibly his last concert.

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40. Billy Joel performed with Brooks during his Central Park concert in 1997.

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41. That year, Billy Joel started work on River of Dreams, finishing the album in early 1993.

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42. Billy Joel became one of the first American rock acts to play there since the Berlin Wall went up, a fact not lost on history buff Joel.

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43. Billy Joel has 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.

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44. Billy Joel participated in the USA For Africa We Are The World project in 1985, capping off a series of successful singles.

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45. In late 1975, Billy Joel played piano and organ on several tracks on Bo Diddley's The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star album.

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46. Billy Joel signed a recording contract with Columbia in 1972 and moved to Los Angeles; he lived there for the next three years.

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47. Billy Joel signed a contract with the record company Family Productions, with which he recorded his first solo album, Cold Spring Harbor (a reference to Cold Spring Harbor, New York, a town on Long Island).

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48. Billy Joel left the band in 1967 to join the Hassles, a Long Island group that had signed with United Artists Records.

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49. Billy Joel joined the Echoes, a group that specialized in British Invasion covers.

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50. Billy Joel attended Hicksville High School until 1967, but he did not graduate with his class.

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51. Billy Joel has a half-brother, Alexander Joel, born to his father in Europe, who became a classical conductor there.

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52. In 2013, Billy Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts.

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53. Billy Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006).

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54. Billy Joel went on to release Fantasies and Delusions, a 2001 album featuring classical compositions composed by Joel and performed by British-Korean pianist Richard Hyung-ki Joo.

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55. In 1972, Billy Joel caught the attention of Columbia Records after a live radio performance of the song "Captain Jack" became popular in Philadelphia, prompting him to sign a new record deal with the company and release his second solo album, Piano Man, which contained his first hit single of the same name.

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56. Billy Joel was born in 1949 in The Bronx, New York, and grew up on Long Island, New York, both places that influenced his music.

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