Billy Joel Tickets 2023
Billy Joel is a pianist and singer-songwriter who has been playing for fifty years now! Check for available Billy Joel concert tickets and secure your seats.
Billy Joel is a pianist and singer-songwriter who has been playing for fifty years now! He was born on May 9th 1949, in Bronx, NY. He started playing piano at an early age and went on to form various bands before signing with Columbia Records in 1971. Since then he has released over 30 albums and performed all around the world.
Born on May 9th 1949.
You were born on May 9th 1949 in Long Island, New York to a Jewish family. Your father was Howard Joel and your mother was Rosalind Joel (née Hast). Your father was a classical pianist and your mother was a singer. In addition to you and your brother Elliot, they also had two other children: Judy and Michael.
Joel started playing the piano when he was just three years old as his father taught him how to play music by ear.
Started playing piano at an early age.
Billy Joel began playing piano at the age of 3 and was taught by his father, who was a professional musician. He also learned how to play the saxophone from his father, who had first taught him how to play piano. At 15 years old he started playing the piano professionally in different bands throughout high school.
On March 21st 1966 he formed the Echoes which became the Lost Souls in 1967.
The band was made up of Billy Joel on drums, Richie Cannata on guitar, John Sullivan on organ, Ralph Ryan on bass and Howie Blauvelt on saxophone. They played at a bar called the Duplex where they played songs by The Beatles and other bands from England.
He went to Hicksville High School, but dropped out in 1967.
Joel dropped out of high school in 1967. While this may seem like it would make him an unlikely candidate to become a successful musician, many people who are now famous were high school dropouts.
- Michael Jackson was a high school dropout who made his fame and fortune through music.
- Justin Timberlake was a high school dropout before he became one of the biggest stars in the world.
- John Lennon and Paul McCartney were both high school dropouts when they wrote “Yesterday” together, which went on to become one of the most popular songs in history.
In 1970 he was signed by Family Productions, which released his first album, Cold Spring Harbor.
In 1970, Joel was signed by Family Productions, which released his first album, Cold Spring Harbor. The album sold poorly, and the company folded in 1971. In 1972, Joel signed with Columbia Records and soon became known as a piano man after playing songs on the radio.
In 1973 he had his first Top 40 hit with “Piano Man,” followed by “Travelin’ Prayer” and “Captain Jack.” In 1974 he played at Carnegie Hall in New York City (which earned him a Grammy award), then ventured across America on tour after releasing Streetlife Serenade. His next album was Turnstiles (1976), followed by 1977’s The Stranger — which featured hits such as “Just The Way You Are,” “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “She’s Always A Woman To Me,” and the title track — 1980’s Glass Housesand 1982’s 52nd Street.
In 1971 he joined The Hassles but left in 1972 to form Attila.
In 1971, he joined The Hassles in an attempt to establish a career as a musician. Joel’s tenure with the group was short-lived, however; he soon left in order to join another band.
In 1972 he formed Attila with fellow Long Island musicians Chris Butler (guitar), Bill Martin (bass), and Jon Small (drums).
A&R producer Artie Ripp said Joel’s debut solo album was a ‘disaster’, so in 1973 Billy Joel signed with Columbia Records.
Artie Ripp was a record producer who discovered Billy Joel in 1972. He produced Billy’s first solo album, Cold Spring Harbor. Ripp said it was a disaster and that Columbia Records wouldn’t sign him because he had no hits.
Billy Joel later signed with Columbia Records and released his first hit single called “Piano Man” in 1973.
His song Piano Man was written about his experience performing at a piano bar in Los Angeles.
The song, “Piano Man,” was written about his experience performing at a piano bar in Los Angeles. He wrote it after a particularly bad gig where the audience had been rowdy and he felt like he had just been playing for them all night. The lyrics of the song talk about this experience and how it made him feel like a “piano man,” even though he was actually playing electric guitar on stage. The interesting thing is that Joel has never played the piano professionally; he only uses it as an instrument with which to compose music.
After Columbia, he signed with Family Productions again for The Stranger album and tour. They also released a live album 52nd Street and Songs in the Attic, a collection of some of his old songs.
Billy Joel returned to Columbia Records for The Stranger album and tour. They also released a live album 52nd Street, which has since been certified platinum, and Songs in the Attic, a collection of some of his old songs.
In 1983, he performed Say Goodbye to Hollywood on Saturday Night Live with bandleader Paul Shaffer and actress Jessica Lange as backup singers who joined him at the end of the song.
The SNL performance is available as an extra feature on Billy Joel’s 2005 DVD titled Billy Joel – The Ultimate Collection.
In 1987 he married supermodel Christie Brinkley and they had a daughter before divorcing in 1994.
Joel’s first marriage to Elizabeth Weber ended in divorce in 1982. His second marriage, to supermodel Christie Brinkley, began the same year. The two had a daughter together before divorcing in 1994.
Billy Joel is a great musician who has been playing for fifty years now!
Billy Joel is a great musician who has been playing for fifty years now! His music is timeless, and the piano is one of his most important instruments. He’s performed at Madison Square Garden many times, and his songs are about life, love and loss. He has won multiple Grammy awards for his work as a solo artist as well as with other artists like Elton John and Paul McCartney.