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Billy Joel

 
Date Of Birth:
May 09, 1949 (73)
Birth Place:
Bronx, NY, USA
Bio:
Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Throughout the years, Joel's songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that "meant ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: May 09, 1949 (73)

Birth Place: Bronx, NY, USA

Bio:
Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Throughout the years, Joel's songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that "meant ... (read complete bio)

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[US Tour, 2004]
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[Broadway, 2002]
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Billy Joel Biography

Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Throughout the years, Joel's songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that "meant something during the time in which I lived ... and transcended that time."

Billy Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits and 23 Grammy nominations since signing his first solo recording contract in 1972. In 1990, he was presented with a Grammy Legend Award. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, Joel was presented with the Johnny Mercer Award, the organization's highest honor, in 2001. In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and has received the Recording Industry Association of America Diamond Award, presented for albums that have sold over 10 million copies.

In November, 2014, Billy Joel will receive The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which honors living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin, by promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. Also in November, 2014, Billy will receive the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award. This is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.

December 2013, Madison Square Garden announced Billy Joel as the first-ever music franchise of "The World's Most Famous Arena." Joining the ranks of The Garden's other original franchises - including the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty - Billy Joel kicked off this franchise at The Garden performing a show a month, as long as there is demand, starting January 27, 2014. Since his first show in 1978, Billy has performed 46 shows at Madison Square Garden, including an unprecedented 12 consecutive sold-out shows that have earned Billy a spot among the Garden greats with a banner raised in his honor.

Also in December 2013, Billy Joel received the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honor, one of the United States' top cultural awards. At The ceremony, Don Henley sang the classic ballad, "She's Got a Way." Also paying homage was Garth Brooks, who performed a medley of "Allentown" and "Goodnight Saigon" and Rufus Wainwright who performed two Joel classics, "New York State of Mind" and "Piano Man." Brendan Urie performed "Big Shot." Tony Bennett introduced the tribute.

Joel held his first ever indoor Irish concert at the O2 in Dublin on November 1, 2013. He also returned to the UK for the first time in seven years and played two arena dates in Manchester and Birmingham plus a very special - more intimate - show at London's Hammersmith Apollo. In October 2013, Billy Joel held a surprise concert on Long Island at The Paramount (Huntington, NY) to benefit Long Island Cares. On December 31, 2013, Billy performed at The Barclays Center.

In 2013, Billy Joel held tens of thousands of visitors to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the palm of his hand. It was Joel's second full-length show in three years He went to New Orleans fresh from Sydney, Australia, where he played a full set at the Stone Music Festival.

Joel and his band prepared a similar array of Joel's huge collection of hits for Sydney and New Orleans, and mixed in some handpicked tunes specific to the venue at hand. Joel told the crowd, "we know how you felt" since last year's Hurricane Sandy, referring to Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans in 2005. "We're trying to rebuild. We're taking inspiration from you guys."

New York's quintessential son, Billy Joel, performed six songs at the historic 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief, joining other music greats including Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and more to raise awareness and money to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The show, which included tributes to first responders and those affected by the storm, was broadcast to an estimated 2 billion viewers and raised $32 million in funds before anyone took the stage. Billy, who is proud of his personal connection to Long Island and the tri-state area impacted by the storm, told the audience, "We're going to get through all this. This is New York and New Jersey and Long Island, and we're just too mean to lay down and die."

Billy Joel was honored by Steinway & Sons with a painted portrait that hangs in Steinway Hall in Manhattan. Joel, who has been a Steinway Artist for almost 20 years, is the first non-classical pianist to be immortalized in the Steinway Hall collection. His portrait hangs alongside those of legendary musicians including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt, Arthur Rubinstein, Ignacy Paderewski, and more. The portrait of Billy Joel, painted by artist and musician Paul Wyse, is one of only two living artists to be inducted into the collection, the other being Leon Fleisher. In 2010, Joel released "The Last Play at Shea. The intersecting histories of a city, a team, and a music legend are examined in a documentary feature film that charts both the ups and downs of the New York Mets and the life and career of Long Island native Billy Joel, the last performer to play Shea Stadium before its demolition in 2008. Energetically set to the soundtrack of Joel's final Shea concert, "The Last Play At Shea" interweaves personal and candid Joel interviews with concert footage-with guests such as Sir Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler, John Mayer, Don Henley, Roger Daltrey - the history of Shea, and the birth of the Mets.

In 2004, Billy Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, adding another milestone to his extraordinary career. "Movin' Out," a Broadway musical based on Joel's music choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and took home two including Best Orchestrations-Billy's first Tony Award win-and Best Choreography.

In addition to his Grammy Awards, Joel has earned three Awards For Cable Excellence and has received numerous ASCAP and BMI awards including the ASCAP Founders Award and the BMI Career Achievement Award and, in 1994, was given the 1994 Billboard Century Award. Among his many other awards and honors, Billy Joel has been given a Doctor of Humane Letters from Fairfield University (1991), a Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music (1993), and a Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hofstra University (1997) and a Doctor of Music from Southampton College.

Joel has donated his time and resources to a variety of charitable causes outside the realm of his musical career. A longtime advocate for music education, he first began holding "master class" sessions on college campuses more than 20 years ago, giving sessions at colleges across the country and around the world. In addition, he has held classes as a benefit for the STAR Foundation (Standing for Truth About Radiation) and to establish the Rosalind Joel Scholarship for the Performing Arts at City College in New York City.

Billy Joel has launched an ongoing educational initiative to provide seed money, musical scholarships, and endowments to a variety of East Coast colleges, universities and music schools.

For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Billy Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Billy Joel Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Orchestrations Gold Star
Billy Joel, Movin' Out

Billy Joel News

'80s Rockers Join Dayton Philharmonic For A Totally Tubular Night Of The Decade's Gr Photo '80s Rockers Join Dayton Philharmonic For A Totally Tubular Night Of The Decade's Greatest Hits, February 4
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 30, 2023

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) presents Rewind: Celebrating the Music of the '80s at the Schuster Center on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Brian Dunne to Drop 'Loser On The Ropes' Album Photo Brian Dunne to Drop 'Loser On The Ropes' Album
by Michael Major - Jan 26, 2023

Recorded in Athens, GA, with producer Drew Vandenberg (Faye Webster, Of Montreal), Loser On The Ropes explores defeat and denial, fortune and faith, shame and redemption, all set against the backdrop of a world run by blowhards and bullshitters who manage to perpetually skate by without cost or consequence.

North Charleston Coliseum Celebrates 30 Years Of Live Entertainment in the Lowcountry Photo North Charleston Coliseum Celebrates 30 Years Of Live Entertainment in the Lowcountry
by Stephi Wild - Jan 25, 2023

On January 29, 1993, the Lowcountry entertainment scene changed forever. On this date, the North Charleston Coliseum first opened its doors.

Winners Announced For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Ft. Myers/Naples Awards Photo Winners Announced For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Ft. Myers/Naples Awards
by BWW Awards - Jan 24, 2023

The winners have been announced for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Ft. Myers/Naples Awards, honoring the best in regional productions, touring shows, and more which had their first performance between October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.

Pieter Toerien Presents Jonathan Roxmouth's KEYCHANGE â€" My Favourite Pianists, 26 J Photo Pieter Toerien Presents Jonathan Roxmouth's KEYCHANGE â€" My Favourite Pianists, 26 Januaryâ€" 26 February
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 23, 2023

For the first time in almost 8 years, Jonathan Roxmouth is back at the piano at Pieter Toerien's Montecasino Theatre! In his brand-new show, KEY CHANGE, Jonathan showcases the various piano based comedians, singers and entertainers who have shaped and influenced his musical tastes through various phases of his life.

54 CELEBRATES MEL BROOKS, Brian Letendre, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week Photo 54 CELEBRATES MEL BROOKS, Brian Letendre, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week
by Blair Ingenthron - Jan 20, 2023

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work. 

Donnie Kehr to Release Solo Album 'BEAUTIFUL STRANGE' on ROB Records/JAZZHEADS Photo Donnie Kehr to Release Solo Album 'BEAUTIFUL STRANGE' on ROB Records/JAZZHEADS
by Blair Ingenthron - Jan 20, 2023

Broadway journeyman Donnie Kehr has announced the release of his solo album BEAUTIFUL STRANGE on January 24, 2023 on ROB Records/JAZZHEADS.

Mikey Ferrari Releases 'Crash Course' in Advance of London, Paris Shows Photo Mikey Ferrari Releases 'Crash Course' in Advance of London, Paris Shows
by Michael Major - Jan 20, 2023

Earlier he shared the piano ballad “Montana”, aptly named after where he spent his adolescent years, and his harrowing, heart-wrenching track 'Oxycontin' (+ live video directed by Jax Anderson). The latest signee to esteemed Neon Gold Records (HAIM, Matt Maeson, et. al) will release these tracks on his upcoming Stories From Montana EP.

Sabrina Sekuloski Shares 'Red Convertible' Photo Sabrina Sekuloski Shares 'Red Convertible'
by Michael Major - Jan 20, 2023

“Red Convertible” was co-written with her father Sasha Sekuloski, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist himself, and produced by renowned producers Ken Caillat (Fleetwood Mac) and Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves, Jason Mraz, Five For Fighting and OneRepublic). Listen to “Red Convertible” by Sabrina Sekuloski now!

VIVA LIED VEGAS Brings Las Vegas to Lincoln on February 4!  Photo VIVA LIED VEGAS Brings Las Vegas to Lincoln on February 4! 
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 19, 2023

For one night only, Las Vegas is taking over the Lied Center! Experience the excitement of Vegas without ever leaving Lincoln as the Friends of Lied non profit organization invites the community to attend a new and exciting Vegas-inspired fundraising event on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the Lied Center.

Billy Joel Videos

VIDEO: Watch the BILLY JOEL: LIVE AT YANKEE STADIUM Trailer Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the BILLY JOEL: LIVE AT YANKEE STADIUM Trailer

by Michael Major - Aug 10, 2022

The new version includes a never-before-released performance of “Uptown Girl,” interviews with Billy Joel, and behind-the-scenes footage from the event’s production. The hit-filled set list also includes “Piano Man,” “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” “New York State Of Mind,” “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant,” “Shout,” and more.

VIDEO: Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Perform Billy Jo Videoplay
VIDEO: Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Perform Billy Joel's 'New York State of Mind'

by Stage Tube - Aug 15, 2021

The performers were shot and recorded in all 5 Boroughs in locations such as Birdland, the Brooklyn Museum, Columbia University, La Casita de Chema, Maimonides Park, NYU, Open Jar Studios, Red Hook Winery, Russ & Daughters, Steinway & Sons Factory, Tom’s Restaurant, and the Wonder Wheel among many others.

VIDEO: Brandon Victor Dixon Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now! Videoplay
VIDEO: Brandon Victor Dixon Visits Backstage LIVE with Richard Ridge- Watch Now!

by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Aug 11, 2021

Watch as Richard Ridge chats with Brandon Victor Dixon, who will bring Broadway to the Hamptons tomorrow, August 12, with Broadway Out East.

VIDEO: Barbra Streisand Duets With Willie Nelson on 'I'd Want It To Be You' Videoplay
VIDEO: Barbra Streisand Duets With Willie Nelson on 'I'd Want It To Be You'

by Stage Tube - Jun 4, 2021

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Barbra Streisand has announced that she will release 'Release Me 2', an upcoming collection that will feature previously unreleased tracks from her vault. The album will be released on August 6.

VIDEO: Rufus Wainwright Discusses 'Road Trip Elegies', Wanting to Star in ANNIE, and  Videoplay
VIDEO: Rufus Wainwright Discusses 'Road Trip Elegies', Wanting to Star in ANNIE, and More!

by Stage Tube - Jan 3, 2021

Wainwright’s latest album, “Unfollow The Rules” is nominated for a Grammy but it’s his unique audio autobiography, “Road Trip Elegies,” a conversation with his therapist on a road trip from Montreal to New York City, that delivers insight about his musical journey and the relationships that shaped him and his music. 

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for HARRY CHAPIN: WHEN IN DOUBT, DO SOMETHING

by Stage Tube - Sep 16, 2020

Harry Chapin: When In Doubt, Do Something is the inspiring story of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/activist Harry Chapin (“Cats in the Cradle”). Chapin sold over 16 million albums and was one of his generation’s most beloved artists and activists who spent his fame and fortune trying to end world hunger before his tragic passing.

VIDEO: Barbra Streisand Calls Jimmy Fallon; Talks 'You'll Never Walk Alone' on THE TO Videoplay
VIDEO: Barbra Streisand Calls Jimmy Fallon; Talks 'You'll Never Walk Alone' on THE TONIGHT SHOW

by Stage Tube - May 9, 2020

During last night's episode of The Tonight Show: At Home Edition, Barbra Streisand called Jimmy Fallon from her own quarantined home!

VIDEO: Brooke Moriber Performs New Single Live at Reviverfest 2019 Videoplay
VIDEO: Brooke Moriber Performs New Single Live at Reviverfest 2019

by Stage Tube - Dec 23, 2019

Check out this live performance from recording artist Brooke Moriber as she performs her new single 'Breathing Room' live at Reviverfest 2019. 

CMT CROSSROADS: GAVIN DEGRAW & CHRIS YOUNG Premieres December 13 Videoplay
CMT CROSSROADS: GAVIN DEGRAW & CHRIS YOUNG Premieres December 13

by Kaitlin Milligan - Dec 4, 2019

GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum singer-songwriters Gavin DeGraw and Chris Young team up for the next installment of the critically-acclaimed series 'CMT Crossroads,' premiering Friday, December 13 at 10PM ET/PT on CMT. The show was filmed recently in Nashville in front of a standing room-only crowd.

Rufus Wainwright to Release Limited Edition EP on Record Store Day Videoplay
Rufus Wainwright to Release Limited Edition EP on Record Store Day

by Kaitlin Milligan - Nov 27, 2019

Rufus Wainwright is set to release an A/B side 7' EP, Come A Little Bit Closer, on November 29, Record Store Day Black Friday. The limited edition EP arrives ahead of Wainwright's forthcoming 2020 album via BMG, and consists of two live performances of Neil Young's 'Harvest Moon' and Arcade Fire's 'Crown of Love.' Come A Little Bit Closer will be available exclusively at participating RSD Black Friday record stores, found here.


Billy Joel Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Billy Joel written?
Billy Joel has written 1 shows including Movin' Out (Composer/Lyricist).

What awards has Billy Joel been nominated for?
Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Movin' Out .

What awards has Billy Joel won?
Best Orchestrations (Tony Awards) for Movin' Out.