Billy Joel Tickets
William Martin Joel, who goes by the name of “Billy” Joel, is a famous American singer-songwriter and pianist. Also known as “Piano Man” (named after his famous 1973 song), Joel has sold over 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Joel has also won six Grammy Awards, in addition to a variety of other awards. He has been continuously touring since 1993 when his hit album River of Dreams came out. If you are looking for Billy Joel Tour tickets, they are available here.
Billy Joel’s Early Life and Career
Joel is a native of Bronx, New York. His father was a classical pianist, who fled Nazi Germany and settled down in New York. Joel’s mother was born in Brooklyn, New York. Joel’s parents divorced in 1957 and his father moved to Vienna, Austria. Joel was raised by his mother.
It was upon his mother’s insistence that Joel started to learn piano. He was more interested in boxing, but had to abandon his dream of becoming a professional boxer when his nose was broken.
While growing up, Joel played piano at a local bar to help his mother make ends meet and therefore did not graduate high school in time. He would eventually graduate in 1992, 25 years after leaving school for music.
In his words "I told them, 'To hell with it. If I'm not going to Columbia University, I'm going to Columbia Records, and you don't need a high school diploma over there'.
It was The Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which convinced Joel to start a career in music. He joined a band called the Echoes, which specialized in British Invasion covers. He left the band for another band called the Hassles. He left that band too, but started his own with the Hassles’ drummer called Attila. Attila disbanded later.
In 1970, Joel signed up with Family Productions, which released his debut solo album Cold Spring Harbor. The album at the time did not get much attention, but two of its singles “Everybody Loves You Now” and “She’s Got a Way” would later become hit singles.
Billy Joel: The Star
Joel’s biggest break came in 1973 when he released Piano Man under Columbia Records. The album was certified 4×Platinum in the US and spawned hit singles “Captain Jack,” “Worse Comes to Worst” and “Piano Man.” Since then, he has released 11 more studio albums with The Stranger, An Innocent Man and Glass Houses being most commercially successful albums.
Billy Joel: The Activist Philanthropist
Joel is a long-time advocate for music education. To this end, he established the Rosalind Joel Scholarship for the Performing Arts at City College in New York City. The scholarship is named after his mother.
As mentioned earlier, Joel, rather than recording music, mostly plays at concerts, especially since 1993. If you want to attend his concert, get your Billy Joel concert tickets here.