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.
Stevie Nicks and Billy Joel Announce 2023 Joint Concerts
Duo will perform a handful of concerts next year.
When Billy Joel Spoke Up for the Working Class With 'Allentown'
Dying steel mill became emblematic of broader concerns over the American dream.
How the Beatles Inspired Billy Joel's 'The Nylon Curtain'
He explored new levels of sonic sophistication on his 1982 album.
40 Years Ago: Billy Joel Escapes Writer's Block With 'Pressure'
A secretary's comment helped spark his seventh Top 20 single.
Watch Billy Joel Duet With 'Huge Fan' Olivia Rodrigo
They perform her hit "Deja Vu" followed by the Piano Man classic she name-checked.
35 Years Ago: Billy Joel Makes History With Soviet Union Shows
"You never could have told me I'd be playing rock 'n' roll in Russia," the Piano Man marveled.
Watch Billy Joel and Joe Elliott Perform 'Pour Some Sugar on Me'
A scheduling coincidence allowed the rock stars to team up for a third time.
New 'Piano Man' Biopic Will Highlight Billy Joel's Early Years
Recently green-lit film will be told from the perspective of his first manager.
Watch Billy Joel Honor Gary Brooker With Procol Harum Cover
Piano Man performed "A Whiter Shade of Pale" during his recent Las Vegas concert.
Explore Billy Joel's New York 'Landmarks' on New Interactive Map
"New York State of Mind" site highlights businesses, addresses and venues crucial to singer's life and songs.