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35 Years Ago: Billy Joel Releases ’52nd Street’

Columbia Records
Columbia Records

It took Billy Joel more than half a decade and five albums to catch a break. 'Piano Man' was a Top 30 hit in 1974, but it didn't launch the singer-songwriter into any sort of career stratosphere. Then came 1977's 'The Stranger.'

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31 Years Ago: Billy Joel Releases ‘The Nylon Curtain’

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It tends to get lost in the shuffle in a discussion of his most popular work, but 'The Nylon Curtain,' Billy Joel's underrated masterpiece, was released 31 years ago.

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George Harrison and Billy Joel’s Kids Cover Their Dads for Gap Ad

Dhani Harrison and Alexa Ray Joel
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The Gap's new ad campaign is all about going back to your roots, so it's only fitting that for a pair of new ads, they sent two young musicians back to their own.

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Billy Joel, Carlos Santana to Receive Kennedy Center Honors

Billy Joel, Carlos Santana
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Two classic rockers will receive 2013 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington D.C. this December. Carlos Santana and Billy Joel were named as part of the group of five new honorees.

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Billy Joel Honors 9/11 Victims With Gov. Cuomo and N.Y.C. Firefighters

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To honor the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, Billy Joel participated with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and a group of firefighters in a motorcycle ride in Manhattan. The route they took -- from a firehouse on W. 43rd St. down the West Side Highway to Ground Zero -- followed the path taken by Rescue 1, which lost half of its members, on that day 12 years ago.

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Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Bon Jovi Suggested for Super Bowl Halftime Show

Bruce Springsteen Billy Joel Bon Jovi
Matt Kent / Larry Busacca / Simone Joyner, Getty Images

The National Football League season is starting next week, so thoughts are naturally turning towards the halftime show at the Super Bowl next February. With the game set to take place at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium, some local concert promoters are hoping the NFL will highlight the rich musical history from the area, with an emphasis on the Garden State

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20 Years Ago: Billy Joel’s Final Album Released

Billy Joel, 'River of Dreams'
Columbia Records

By the time Billy Joel entered the studio for his 12th album, 'River of Dreams,' he had sold millions of records, toured the world, won Grammy Awards and had a wife and family. By all appearances, he seemed happy, fulfilled and poised for another two decades of success. Behind the scenes, however, he was struggling.

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30 Years Ago: Billy Joel Releases ‘An Innocent Man’

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Finding a new lover sure can put a spring in your step, huh? Rarely has this phenomenon been more clearly demonstrated in rock history than with Billy Joel's ninth album, 1983's 'An Innocent Man,' which turns 30 years old today.

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Billy Joel Surprises High School With Two Songs

Billy Joel
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Billy Joel surprised a New York City high school by singing two songs and fielding some questions from the class. According to the Associated Press, the singer-songwriter made an appearance at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens on Thursday (May 30). Singer Tony Bennett, who opened the school a dozen years ago, was also there.

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Billy Joel Releases Recent Live Clips

Billy Joel
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He may or may not be giving up touring, but either way, Billy Joel's Irish fans will get at least one more chance to see him in concert. On November 1, Joel is scheduled to play the O2 Arena in Dublin, an engagement that will see him returning to Ireland for the first time in nearly a decade. Tickets for the show, which comes on the heels of Joel's recent appearances in Australia and New Orleans, are set to go on sale May 30.

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