Wednesday, June 10, 1970

Musical Artist - Joel, Billy

Billy Joel is an American singer and songwriter best known for his string of piano-driven hits in the 1970s and 1980s. Born and raised in new York, Joel dropped out of high school to pursue a career as a musician, releasing his first solo album Cold Spring Harbor in 1971. Over the next two decades, Joel released eleven more solo albums which sold a total of more than 150 million copies, making him one of the most successful artists in music history. Joel wrote and performed thirty-three top 40 hits, including three which reached number one on the Billboard charts. Among his many hits are The Entertainer, Its Still Rock and Roll to Me, Keeping the Faith, Movin' Out, My Life, Only the Good Die Young, Piano Man, Pressure, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, She's Only a Woman, and Uptown Girl.

Over the course of his career, Joel has won six Grammy Awards. Despite dropping out, Joel did eventually get his high school diploma twenty-five years after he left school. In a somewhat ironic twist, he has been granted seven honorary doctorates. He was on the site selection committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Hall in 1999.

Joel has a website named Billy Joel. He can also be found on Twitter and YouTube.

Musical Monday Selections:

09/17/18: Its Still Rock and Roll to Me
11/23/20: Tell Her About It
12/21/20: Uptown Girl

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