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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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Myrna M. Suarez, Getty Images

Billy Joel Dons Star of David Onstage, Says ‘Goodbye’ to Ousted Trump Officials

Billy Joel joined the fray of artists publicly opposing both the Neo-Nazi movement and the Trump administration last night during a performance at Madison Square Garden.

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Mike Coppola / Nicholas Hunt, Getty Images

Watch Axl Rose Join Billy Joel for ‘Highway to Hell’ and ‘Big Shot’ at Dodger Stadium

Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose was a special guest at Billy Joel's Dodger Stadium concert in Los Angeles last night, singing AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and Joel's own "Big Shot."

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35 Years Ago: Billy Joel Injures Both Hands in Motorcycle Accident

When his bike collided with a car that ran a red light in April 1982, the "Piano Man" ended up with serious damage to each of his hands.

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Jason Davis/ Nicholas Hunt / Terry Wyatt

Billy Joel Welcomes John Mellencamp, Young Rascals Mini-Reunion at Madison Square Garden

Billy Joel got some help from John Mellencamp and two members of the Young Rascals during his March 2017 concert at Madison Square Garden.

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YouTube

Billy Joel Ranks His Top 5 Billy Joel Songs

Most songwriters find it hard to pick favorites from their own catalog, but Billy Joel managed to rank his own top five songs during a visit last night to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

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Nicholas Hunt, Getty Images

Billy Joel Announces 2017 Stadium Dates

Once again, Billy Joel will play baseball stadiums at select dates in the spring and summer.

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Rick Diamond / Thos Robinson / Kevin Winter / Adam Bettcher / Nicholas Hunt, Getty Images

Paul McCartney, Paul Rodgers, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett & Billy Joel Make Special New Year’s Eve Appearances

A handful of classic rockers welcomed in 2017 in style.

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Columbia

45 Years Ago: Billy Joel Releases His First Album, ‘Cold Spring Harbor’

By 1971, Billy Joel had endured some rough years.

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Columbia

15 Years Ago: Billy Joel Gets Classical on ‘Fantasies and Delusions’

It had been eight years since Billy Joel had released his last pop and rock album, 1993’s River of Dreams.

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Billy Joel Schedules Surgery, Postpones Show

Billy Joel is scheduled to have surgery later this month, prompting a concert planned for the end of the month to be moved to November.

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