[44][45], Glass Houses won the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male. 56 on U.S. “What a family to pick.” Supermodel Christie Brinkley inspired "This Is the Time" and the album 'An Innocent Man' Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel in 1990. Although he is not known for publicly endorsing political candidates, he did play a benefit with Bruce Springsteen to raise money for Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008. "[110] Nonetheless, in 2016, after his sarcastic dedication of "The Entertainer" to then-Republican candidate Donald Trump[111] was taken as a serious endorsement, Joel told the New York Daily News in an email that he would be voting for Hillary Clinton. However, production was temporarily delayed when Joel was involved in a serious motorcycle accident on Long Island on April 15, 1982, severely injuring his hands. All were composed by Joel and performed by Hyung-ki Joo. He released 52nd Street in 1978, naming it after Manhattan's 52nd Street, which, at the time of its release, served as the world headquarters of CBS/ Columbia. The character's design is based on Joel's image at the time, including his trademark Wayfarer sunglasses. At the time, Joel said that it would be his last tour and possibly his last concert. Alexa Ray Joel. Later he said, "I drank furniture polish. Joel participated in the USA for Africa "We Are the World" project in 1985. Billy Joel’s Age What is Billy Joel’s age? Additionally, the agreement marked the first time since Joel regained control of his publishing rights in the 1980s that he began to use an administrator to handle his catalog within the U.S. The album was well received by critics, with Stephen Thomas Erlewine, senior editor for AllMusic, describing Joel as being "in top form as a craftsman throughout the record, effortlessly spinning out infectious, memorable melodies in a variety of styles. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Billy Joel has a net worth of around £166 million ($225m). He has more than 3 million followers on Facebook, more than 900k subscribers on YouTube, and more than 300k followers on Twitter and Instagram. The first single for the album, "We Didn't Start the Fire", was released in September 1989 and it became Joel's third – and most recent – US number-one hit, spending two weeks at the top. However, in regards to celebrities endorsing political candidates, Joel has said, "People who pay for your tickets, I don't think they want to hear who you're going to vote for and how you think they should vote. [35][36] Yetnikoff notes in the documentary film The Last Play at Shea that he had to threaten Ripp to close the deal. The new songs "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" and "The Night Is Still Young" were recorded and released as singles to support the album; both reached the top 40, peaking at No. That night, he also performed "Your Song" with Elton John. When the affair was revealed, Weber (temporarily) severed her relationships with both men. 23). Music video by Billy Joel performing Just The Way You Are (from Old Grey Whistle Test). Joel announced a concert residency at Madison Square Garden, playing one concert a month indefinitely, starting January 27, 2014. Here's all the important facts every fan should know: Billy Joel was born on May 9, 1949. Joel played piano on several records released through Kama Sutra Productions and on recordings produced by Shadow Morton. This was not the first time this topic had come up, but Joel had initially considered "Greatest Hits" albums as marking the end of one's career. He also had a banner raised in his honor for being the highest grossing act in the history of the Times Union Center (formerly the Knickerbocker Arena and Pepsi Arena) in Albany, New York. Billy Joel ranks among rock'n'roll’s most talented artists. Following the success of An Innocent Man, Joel was asked about releasing an album of his most successful singles. Joel has also 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. The greatest arena run ever! In the US, Howard became an engineer but had a keen interest in music. But where is Billy Joel from and is he married? Joel married for a second time, to model Christie Brinkley, in March 1985. "[66], Joel and second wife Christie Brinkley announced on April 13, 1994, that they had separated, and their divorce was finalized in August 1994. [87], In 2011, Joel announced that he was releasing an autobiography that he had written with Fred Schruers, titled The Book of Joel: A Memoir. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" spent 11 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and was the 7th biggest hit of 1980 according to American Top 40. Dissatisfied with the result, Joel re-recorded the songs and produced the album himself. Columbia released a remastered version of Cold Spring Harbor in 1983, with certain songs shortened or re-orchestrated. The concert (dubbed The Night of the 2000 Years) ran for close to four hours and was later released as 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert. "[88] According to Billboard, "the HarperCollins book was billed as an 'emotional ride' that would detail the music legend's failed marriage to Christie Brinkley, as well as his battles with substance abuse. Storm Front was released in October, and it eventually became Joel's first number-one album since Glass Houses, nine years earlier. Joel, however, lived with his mother. In 1987, he became one of the first artists to hold a rock and roll tour in the Soviet Union following the country's alleviation of the ban on rock and roll music. After dropping out of high school to pursue a musical career, Joel took part in two short-lived bands, The Hassles and Attila, before signing a record deal with Family Productions and kicking off a solo career in 1971 with his first release, Cold Spring Harbor. After seeing The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, Joel decided to pursue a career in music. [133], American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist, Joel at the opening night of the 2009 season at the. Joel has been in several relationships, including marriages to Elizabeth Weber Small, model Christie Brinkley, and chef Katie Lee; since 2015, he has been married to Alexis Roderick, his fourth spouse. and on April 17, 2007, Joel was honored in Albany, New York, for his ninth concert at the Times Union Center. Joel's staying power as a touring act continues to the present day. Rufus Wainwright joined Joel during the concert to sing "New York State of Mind". Two of his performances from that night, "We Didn't Start the Fire" and "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" were filmed and featured that night as part of ABC's special New Year's Y2K coverage. On July 31, 2006, he performed a free concert in Rome, with the Colosseum as the backdrop.[68]. They spearated in 2009. The Bridge was Joel's last album to carry the Family Productions logo, after which he severed his ties with Artie Ripp. [96] Joel and Brinkley divorced on August 26, 1994. The track was dedicated to servicemen based in Iraq. According to Joel, each time the fans were hit with the bright lights, anybody who seemed to be enjoying themselves froze. [22], Influenced by early rock and roll and rhythm and blues artists, including groups such as The Beatles, The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, Joel favored tightly structured pop melodies and down-to-earth songwriting. Joel was also named MusiCares Person of the Year for 2002,[123] an award given each year at the same time as the Grammy Awards. The guy referred to as the “Piano Man” has been married four times in his life. 36, November 1980). [112], Joel's parents were both born into Jewish families, but he was not raised Jewish. The popular songs "She's Got a Way" and "Everybody Loves You Now" were originally released on this album, but went largely unnoticed until being released as live performances on Songs in the Attic (1981). Joel's next album, 52nd Street, was released in 1978 and became his first album to peak at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart. [41] On tour in Paris, Joel learned the news late one night in a hotel room. [46], His next release, Songs in the Attic, was composed of live performances of lesser-known songs from the beginning of his career. The singer's stint of 12 shows at Madison Square Garden broke a previous record set by New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen, who played 10 sold-out shows at the same arena. [75], In 2012, Joel signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), and its subsidiary Rondor Music International. Despite modest sales, Piano Man's title track became his signature song, ending nearly every concert. Joel took part in two short-lived bands, The Hassles and Attila, before beginning a solo career in 1971 with his first solo release, Cold […] Joel's next album, The Bridge (1986), did not achieve the level of success of his previous albums, but it yielded the hits "A Matter of Trust" and "Modern Woman" from the film Ruthless People, a dark comedy from the directors of Airplane! In 2003, 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. Coinciding with the Greatest Hits album release, Joel released a two-volume Video Album that was a compilation of the promotional videos he had recorded from 1977 to the present time. The long-awaited, all-access biography of a music legend In Billy Joel, acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers draws upon more than one hundred hours of exclusive interviews with Joel to present an unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of the pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a rock icon. Joel performed with Brooks during his Central Park concert in 1997. And when I saw four guys who didn't look like they'd come out of the Hollywood star mill, who played their own songs and instruments, and especially because you could see this look in John Lennon's face – and he looked like he was always saying: 'F--- you!' Growing up, he took piano lessons at the insistence of his mother. Joel has stated that he wanted the album to communicate his feelings about the American Dream and how changes in American politics during the Reagan years meant that "all of a sudden you weren't going to be able to inherit [the kind of life] your old man had. "Christmas in Fallujah" is only the second pop/rock song released by Joel since 1993's River of Dreams. The compilation also includes the Umixit software, in which people can remix "Zanzibar" and a live version of "I Go to Extremes" with their PC. An Innocent Man, released in 1983, served as an homage to genres of music which Joel had grown up with in the 1950s, such as rhythm and blues and doo-wop; this release featured "Uptown Girl" and "The Longest Time", two of his best-known songs. Joel has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards, winning five of them, including Album of the Year for 52nd Street. 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