Musician Spotlight – Billy Joel

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Octo­ber 22, 2011

Billy Joel is let’s face it, Billy Joel! A living musical legend, Billy Joel’s songs have weaved their way into most of our lives in one way or another. An amazing songwriter and piano player, his songs have a depth that can be heard and yet are as catchy as any song can be. A master craftsman of wonderful chord progressions and unusual voicing, he has taught pianists all over the world, including me how to use the piano as a songwriting tool.

  • Birth Name: William Martin Joel
  • Birth­day: May 9, 1949
  • Born in The Bronx, NYC
  • Is the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States
  • Biggest hit “Piano Man” in 1973
  • 6 Time Grammy Winner
  • Has sold over 150 million albums worldwide
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999
  • Was married to super model Christie Brinkley and is the daughter of Alexa Ray Joel

Lis­ten to Piano Man

What’s your favorite Billy Joel song?