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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.

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

Billy Joel
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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

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

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Billy Joel: Don’t Kill Elephants to Make Piano Keys

Billy Joel
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"I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists," says Billy Joel. "But a preference for ivory keys does not justify the slaughter of 96 elephants every day."

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Billy Joel Celebrates Birthday with Jimmy Fallon and Howard Stern

Howard Stern And SiriusXM Present Exclusive "Town Hall" With Billy Joel

Billy Joel brought out some friends on stage to help celebrate his 65th birthday.

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Billy Joel Reveals Experiment With Heroin, Thoughts On Forming A Supergroup

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Billy Joel offered some intriguing revelations during a rangy town hall-style interview with Howard Stern.

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

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Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

Billy Joel was involved in his third car accident over a two-year period on April 24, 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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Billy Joel, ‘It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me’ (Live in Russia, 1987) – Exclusive Video Premiere

Billy Joel In Concert

We have an exclusive video of a live version of 'It's Still Rock and Roll to Me' from Billy Joel's upcoming Russian box set.

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Watch Billy Joel and Brian Johnson Sing ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’

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Billy Joel brought on a major surprise guest during his Madison Square Garden show last night.

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Watch Billy Joel Sing Doo-Wop with Jimmy Fallon and an iPad

Billy Joel Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon sang 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' with the help of an iPad app.

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Watch Billy Joel’s ‘Authentic Rock and Roll F— Up’ – and Absolutely Perfect Response

Billy Joel
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Billy Joel messed up the words to one of his songs in concert. Which as he points out, is something only bands truly playing live can do.

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