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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.

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Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

11 Years Ago: Billy Joel Smashes Third Car in Two Years

Billy Joel was involved in his third car accident over a two-year period on April 25, 2004, a string of mishaps that had model ex-wife Christie Brinkley openly wondering whether their daughter should be riding with him.

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Facebook / Brad Barket, Getty Images

Billy Joel Tribute Show Heralds Return of Gene Ween

Aaron Freeman focused on the classic work of Billy Joel as part of his first show using the Gene Ween moniker since his 2012 split with Ween.

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Columbia

35 Years Ago: Billy Joel Gets Tough on ‘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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Gene Ween
Gene Ween

Gene Ween Returns With Billy Joel Tribute Band

Ween co-founder Aaron Freeman temporarily ditched his "Gene Ween" alias after the band split up, starting a new band dubbed Freeman in 2014.

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YouTube

Watch Jimmy Fallon Lead a New York City Bar in a Billy Joel Singalong

On this night, it was more like, "Sing me some Billy Joel, you're the late-night man."

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Brad Barket, Getty Images

Billy Joel Tour Dates

Billy Joel has been one of rock's steadiest live draws since he first hit the touring circuit as a solo act in the early '70s.

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NBC

Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ Parodied in ‘Parks and Recreation’

Given how ruthlessly he's mocked it in the past, Billy Joel would probably be perfectly happy if no one ever covered his 1989 hit 'We Didn't Start the Fire'

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Theo Wargo / Brad Barket, Getty Images

Robert Plant and Billy Joel to Headline Bonnaroo 2015

The headlining contingent at this year's Bonnaroo Festival will feature a couple of well-known veteran artists.

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Express Newspapers, Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Top 10 Billy Joel Songs

To his credit, Billy Joel never really stayed where he was supposed to. As a New York-based singer-songwriter in the early '70s, he cut his first record, which nobody heard. He then relocated to Los Angeles, rebooted, had a minor hit

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YouTube

Brian Johnson Helps Billy Joel Welcome 2015 With an AC/DC Classic

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson rang in the new year last night by joining Billy Joel onstage to perform one of the band's all-time classic songs.

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