"William Martin "Billy" Joel" (born May 9, 1949, in Bronx, New York) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist.
Joel recorded many popular hits from 1973 (beginning with the single "Piano Man") to his retirement from recording pop music in 1993. He is one of the very few rock or even pop artists to have Top Ten hits in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. A six-time Grammy Award winner, he has sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/3675272.stm and is the sixth best selling artist in the United States, according to the RIAA. Joel's induction into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (Class of 1992), and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Class of 1999) has further solidified his status as one of America's leading music icons. He has continued to tour occasionally (sometimes with Elton John) in addition to writing and recording classical music. He is often regarded as one of the finest rock and roll pianists in music history.
Joel first lived in the modern-day South Bronx, in New York City, but his family soon moved to Long Island, specifically, the Levittown section of Hicksville http://www.billyjoel.com/main_lifetimes.html http...
|date of birth||May 9, 1949|
|place of birth||Bronx, New York|