With 33 Top 40 hits, 6 Grammy Awards, and more than 150 million records sold worldwide, Billy Joel has gone down in history as one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. His career began in a band in the mid-1960s, but he eventually went solo, releasing songs like “Just the Way You Are,” “Only the Good Die Young,” and “New York State of Mind.” His first hit, “Piano Man,” was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and earned Joel the nickname that he’s still known by today. The beloved artist attracts fans both young and old with everything from soulful ballads to catchy pop refrains, and tickets for his concerts continue to sell out around the world.
Born to a father who was a classical pianist, Billy Joel came into music reluctantly, only attending piano lessons at the insistence of his mother. Little did he know that those lessons would turn into a career spanning more than 50 years and make him one of the most influential musicians of all time. His career began in 1965 when he joined the band The Echoes, later leaving to join The Hassles in 1967. After commercial failures, Joel decided to set off on his own, and the rest is music history. He began producing hit after hit until 1993, when he decided to stop writing and releasing new music. Joel can still be seen in concert, however, and tickets are flying off the shelves for his 2018 tour across the United States.