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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.

Columbia Records
Columbia Records

30 Years Ago: Billy Joel Emerges From a Transitional Period With ‘The Bridge’

Billy Joel began work on 'The Bridge' riding a professional high, all while contemplating whether he even wanted to continue his career.

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Cindy Ord / Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Watch the Schuyler Sisters of ‘Hamilton’ Sing Billy Joel’s ‘The Longest Time’

The three principle female characters of the Broadway smash harmonize on Billy Joel's doo-wop hit.

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images
Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Watch Billy Joel Sit in With His Own Tribute Band

Joel played three songs, two of which were covers, with Big Shot in Huntington, N.Y., last night (June 24).

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Mike Coppola / Spencer Platt, Getty Images

Billy Joel Says Donald Trump’s Campaign Is ‘Very Entertaining’

Billy Joel sort-of weighed in on Donald Trump's presidential campaign this weekend.

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Columbia
Columbia

40 Years Ago: Billy Joel Releases ‘Turnstiles’

Billy Joel spent the first few years of his major-label recording career as an artist who seemed perpetually on the verge of breakthrough success.

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Columbia Records (2) / Elektra
Columbia Records (2) / Elektra

Library of Congress Adds Records by Santana, Billy Joel and Metallica to National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress has announced the addition of 25 new records to the National Recording Registry, including classic works by Santana, Billy Joel and Metallica.

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Columbia
Columbia

The History of Billy Joel’s Tough ‘Glass Houses’

Billy Joel closed out the '70s with two of the bestselling albums of the decade in The Stranger and 52nd Street.

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NBC
NBC

Watch Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon Cover the Rolling Stones’ ‘Beast of Burden’

Anyone who saw Billy Joel's name on the guest list for last night's episode of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon had to expect a few memorable musical moments.

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Columbia
Columbia

10 Years Ago: Billy Joel Gathers Up His Odds and Sods for ‘My Lives’ Box

Released on Nov. 22, 2005, Billy Joel's 'My Lives' box collected some hits, some album cuts and a lot of unreleased material.

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Columbia Records
Columbia Records

The History of Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’

Even the most distinguished career has to start somewhere. For Billy Joel's life as a chart-topping solo artist, that first step started in a Los Angeles piano bar.

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