William Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man," in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States, according to the RIAA. He also has the third best-selling album in the United States with his Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2.
Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the United States, all of which he wrote himself. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner, a 23-time Grammy nominee and has sold over 150 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006). In 2008, Billboard magazine released a list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists to celebrate the US singles chart's 50th anniversary, with Billy Joel positioned at No. 23. With the exception of the 2007 songs "All My Life" and "Christmas in Fallujah," Joel stopped writing and recording pop/rock material after 1993's River of Dreams, but he continued to tour extensively until 2010.
1975) (Television) (Sang "Travelin' Prayer" and "The Ballad of Billy the Kid") The Mike Douglas Show (1976) (Television) Saturday Night Live in 1978, 1981, 1989, 1993 The Old Grey Whistle Test (1978) (London, England ... wrote the lyrics.) Piano Grand! A Smithsonian Celebration (2000) (Joel served as host and performer aired on PBS released on DVD) Performed the national anthem at multiple sporting events, and ... Joel was composer, lyricist, and orchestrator and won a Tony Award for Best Orchestrations ...
... Five played a role in the career of Billy Joel ... In particular, all but one performance by Joel in the Lehigh Valley area was put together by David Sestak himself which created a bond between Joel and local residents that continues to this day ... Joel's familiarity with the area undoubtedly inspired the naming of one of his best-known songs, Allentown," which was released in 1982 ...
... is included in the album Murph the Surf) and Billy Joel is from Hicksville in Nassau County ... Billy Joel's debut solo album, Cold Spring Harbor, was a reference to the Long Island village of the same name ... Many compositions by Billy Joel pertain to life on Long Island, particularly his youth ...
... I would say the softer, more intimate songs -- there's 'Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel), 'And So It Goes,' 'Vienna' and another called, 'Summer, Highland Falls' -- when I think of different types of melodies which are slower or softer, I think in terms of blues or greens...When I a particularly vivid color, it's usually a strong melodic, strong rythmic pattern that emerges at the same time ... When I think of these songs, I think of vivid reds, oranges and golds ...
... Storm Front by Billy Joel was one of them ... I hadn't listened to Billy Joel since the late seventies, probably since Glass Houses ... I fell in love with the album and fell back in love with Billy Joel's music ...
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“They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
—Bible: Hebrew Isaiah, 2:4.
The words reappear in Micah 4:3, and the reverse injunction is made in Joel 3:10 (Beat your plowshares into swords ...)
“How old is she, Billy boy, Billy boy?
How old is she, charming Billy?
Past six, past seven,
Past twenty and eleven,
Shes a young thing, and cannot leave her mother.”
—Unknown. Billy Boy (l. 2125)