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It took a while for Billy Joel’s career to start – six years and four albums. But once it took off, it didn’t stop. Joel spent the early part of the 1970s as a singer who wrote about what he knew: New York City, girls, love. He scored a minor but critical hit in 1973 with ‘Piano Man,’ which became his signature song. But it wasn’t until 1977’s ‘The Stranger’ that his records started selling in the millions and topping the charts. His next two albums went to No. 1; so did a pair in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, right around the time he retired from making pop records (though he still tours regularly and released an album of classical songs since). He got tough (1980’s ‘Glass Houses’), political (1982’s ‘The Nylon Curtain’) and nostalgic (1983’s ‘An Innocent Man’). But Joel is at his best singing about the loves of his life.

John Mellencamp and Sting Join Billy Joel Onstage

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YouTube

Billy Joel has been mixing up his Madison Square Garden residency with some surprises here and there.

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Billy Joel Has Been Writing New Music, but No Words

Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images
Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

Billy Joel hasn't released an album in more than two decades, leading many to assume he's retired from making music.

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25 Years Ago: Billy Joel Emerges From Troubled Times with ‘Storm Front’

Billy Joel
Columbia Records

Billy Joel rose to prominence in the '70s, but it wasn't until the following decade that he truly came of age, writing and recording a series of albums that showcased his stylistic breadth as well as the melodic depth of his songwriting.

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40 Years Ago: Billy Joel Tries to Find His Feet With ‘Streetlife Serenade’

Billy Joel, 'Streetlife Serenade'
Columbia

In 1974, Billy Joel had one hit album under his belt (1973's 'Piano Man') and a whole bunch of platinum records in his future (starting with 1977's 'The Stranger').

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Billy Joel Says Joe Cocker Is ‘Not Very Well Right Now’

Billy Joel and Joe Cocker
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Billy Joel took a few moments out of a recent concert to offer musical tribute to Joe Cocker -- and surprised the audience with some unhappy news about the singer's health.

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Billy Joel’s ‘Where’s the Orchestra?’ Covered by New York Singer-Songwriter Julian Velard

Julian Velard
Julian Velard

Billy Joel is connected with New York City like few other artists, so it only makes sense that when singer-songwriter Julian Velard set out to write and record an album-length ode to the Big Apple, h

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Billy Joel Sings ‘Uptown Girl’ With Christie Brinkley In Attendance

Billy Joel Christie Brinkley
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Christie Brinkley was spotted in the crowd dancing to her ex-husband's song about her.

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Watch Billy Joel Sing ‘Highway to Hell’ with Dead Daisies frontman Jon Stevens

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Billy Joel was joined by Jon Stevens of the Dead Daisies for a raucous rendition of AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell.'

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Billy Joel’s Big Day: A Hometown Award, and the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Billy Joel
Mat Szwajkos, Getty Images

Billy Joel won Newsday's 'That's SO Long Island' tournament, even as he was named the seventh recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song today.

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Billy Joel’s Mother Dies

Rosalind Joel
Facebook

Rosalind Joel, who died at the age of 92, was active in various charities on Long Island.

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