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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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Watch Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer Dance on Billy Joel’s Piano

Billy Joel was inspired by one famous blonde when he wrote "Uptown Girl." During his performance of the song at Wrigley Field in Chicago last night, he was joined by two.

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See Billy Joel’s New Daughter Della Rose Joel

Just a few weeks after tying the knot in a surprise ceremony, newlyweds Billy and Alexis Joel have announced the birth of their daughter, Della Rose.

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Billy Joel Didn’t Enjoy Woodstock Because There Were No Bathrooms

Billy Joel said he left Woodstock after a day and a half because of the lack of sanitary facilities.

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Columbia

22 Years Ago: Billy Joel Releases His Final Rock Album

Billy Joel's 'River of Dreams,' his most recent pop project, was released on Aug. 10, 1993.

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Watch Dawes Cover Billy Joel’s ‘Big Shot’

Dawes covered Billy Joel's 'Big Shot' at the XPoNential Music Festival.

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Columbia

32 Years Ago: Billy Joel Returns to His Youth on ‘An Innocent Man’

Billy Joel's 'An Innocent Man,' a return to the song styles of his younger days, was released on Aug. 8, 1983.

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Watch Paul Simon Join Billy Joel to Say Goodbye to Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum

One Long Island icon bade farewell to another last night, when Billy Joel closed out Nassau Coliseum with a rollicking set that lasted more than three hours and included special guest Paul Simon.

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Epic

45 Years Ago: Billy Joel Goes Metal With Attila

Hard rock and metal were hot in 1970. So hot even Billy Joel got in on the action.

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Billy Joel Has Patched Things Up With Elton John

Billy Joel says there are no hard feelings between he and Elton John anymore.

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Ultimate Classic Rock

Billy Joel Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Ultimate Classic Rock ranks Billy Joel albums, from worst to best.

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