Billy Joel

Billy Joel (* 9. May 1949 as William Martin Joel in the Bronx, New York) is an US-American singer and Songschreiber. Grew up it on Long Iceland in the State of New York, either in Levittown or Hicksville (different sources).

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his grandfather Karl Amson Joel originated from Germany and was owner of a Wäschemanufaktur, from which after the Arisierung 1938 the distributing house Neckermann came out. When Billy was 14 years old, its parents let themselves be separated. Billy remained with its nut/mother, during its father after Vienna went. From the there closed second marriage Billys half brother Alexander Joel, this originates is a musician and conductor and lives in Vienna.

Already as a child was Billy Joel lover of classical music and took piano instruction. With 15 years it began to play in skirt volume.End of the 1960er he worked besides as Studiomusiker different considerable artist and arose with the artist name Billy Martin in Piano bars. 1970 he learned the music producer Artie serrates knows, the Joel to its debut album Cold jumps Harbor help. Commercial success was missing however, to 1972 Columbia records on it became attentive. With the album arrive to Piano one (1973) to it the first placement into the Charts. The two successors could tie not completely to success, but with The Stranger (1977) it achieved the large break-through.The album was distinguished with a Grammy and obtained platinum status. This success attributed to its co-operation with the producer Phil Ramone, which persisted altogether 10 years.

After eleven years years marriage Joel could 1982 be separated from his Mrs. Elizabeth weber. 1985 to 1994 it was married with the Model Christie Brinkley, with which it has a daughter (Alexa Ray, * 1985).

As a first American skirt star (Elton John for example had already arisen to 1979 in the USSR) Billy Joel went 1987 on tour in the Soviet Union at that time. Thissix-part concert row, which brought the live-album out Концерт, inspired it also to the title Leningrad. For the pertinent album Storm front (1989) replaced for the first time to Foreigner - guitarist Mick Jones producer Ramone. A further hit from the album Storm front was incoming goodsDidn' t start the Fire, whose text contained the highlights, persons and articles of history between 1949 and 1989. This song reserved seat one in the US-Charts and for a Grammy was nominated.

Also four years later the album River OF Dreams appeared gaveJoel large successes, under it four Grammy together with Elton John a common route under the title Face ton of Face began 1994. In the August of the same yearly the marriage with Christie Brinkley became divorced. In the following years Billy Joel stepped mainly with community projects andwith Benefizkonzerten in feature. Besides there were 1998 and 2001 continuations of the Face tons of Face - route with Elton John. Since January 2006 Joel is tour, it to 29. June (Hamburg) and 2. July 2006 (Frankfurt) also for two concerts afterGermany will lead. Taken up in March 1999 it to the skirt and roll resound to OF Fame.


  • 1967: A Dog's would run (only regionally driven out)
  • 1971: Cold jump Harbor
  • 1973: Piano one
  • 1974: Streetlife serenade
  • 1976: Turn style
  • 1977: The Stranger
  • 1978: 52nd Street
  • 1980: Glass Houses
  • 1981: Songs in The Attic (live album)
  • 1982: The nylon Curtain
  • 1983: At Innocent one
  • 1985: Greatest hit volume I & II (Compilation)
  • 1986: The Bridge
  • 1987: Концерт (live one in Leningrad)
  • 1989: Storm front
  • 1993: River OF Dreams
  • 1997: GreatestHit volume III (Compilation)
  • 2000: 2000 Millennium Concert (live album)
  • 2001: The Essential Billy Joel (Compilation)
  • 2001: Fantasies and Delusions (of Joel, easily from smelling pool of broadcasting corporations Joo) 2002 composed
  • pieces of piano: Movin Out (Movin' Out original Cast Recording)
  • 2005: My live one (5 CD/DVD box set)

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