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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 (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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Pool, Getty Images
Pool, Getty Images

New York Mets Fans Sing ‘Piano Man’ to Billy Joel at the World Series

Billy Joel was on-hand at Citi Field last night.

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Billy Joel
Columbia Records

Billy Joel Emerges From Troubled Times with ‘Storm Front’

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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Columbia
Columbia

How Billy Joel Followed Up His Breakthrough With Another Big Shot

It took Billy Joel more than half a decade and five albums to catch a break.

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Billy Joel, 'Streetlife Serenade'
Columbia

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

As 'Streetlife Serenade' arrived in 1974, Billy Joel was dealing with a number of factors that make life difficult for those experiencing their first flush of success.

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Ebet Roberts, Redferns, Getty Images

33 Years Ago: Billy Joel Channels the Beatles on ‘The Nylon Curtain’

Billy Joel released 'The Nylon Curtain' on Sept. 23, 1982.

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