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New Billy Joel Q&A - Did Any Of Your High School Teachers Have An Impact On You?

This week's video from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series returns to C.W. Post College, where Billy was asked about his former Hicksville High School music teacher, Chuck Arnold. In his answer, Billy describes how he was fooling around on a piano, playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23, when Mr. Arnold noticed his talent. That teacher encouraged Billy to become a musician. You can watch the video, a rough cut from 1996, below.

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Billy Joel A Fan Of Autistic 6-year-old Ethan Walmark's 'Piano Man' Viral Video

A 6-year-old's Billy Joel impression has garnered at least one high-profile fan: the Piano Man himself.

Autistic elementary school student Ethan Walmark gained viral fame this weekend as a series of videos featuring his renditions of famous songs rocketed around the Internet.

His precocious piano playing and adorable attitude quickly got the attention of Billy Joel, whose “Piano Man” Ethan covers in one of the clips.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Could You Write A Piece Of Music For This Audience Tonight?

C.W. Post College has been a landmark venue in Billy's career. In 1977 he performed and broadcast a live show on WLIR, playing "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" live there for the first time. He returned in February 1996 to present his "Evening of Questions & Answers and A Little Music," and received no shortage of questions. One question asked Billy to write a new song on the spot, which prompted him to explain the essence of his musical direction at that time.

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Billy Joel Makes Surprise Appearance On Stage With Igudesman & Joo At Carnegie Hall

Igudesmen & Joo, the classical comedy team, brought many surprises to their Carnegie Hall engagement on Tuesday night, billed as "IGUDESMAN & JOO: A Little Nightmare Music." The classically trained modern virtuosos mix classical and contemporary music with hilarious onstage antics, reminiscent of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, with a little inspiration from the great Victor Borge tossed in for good measure.

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Reminder: Igudesman & Joo To Play Carnegie Hall Tomorrow Night April 17th

Igudesman & Joo

Our friends Hyung-ki Joo, who played on Billy's "Fantasies & Delusions" album, and Alek­sey Igudes­man, will be appearing at Carnegie Hall with their hilarious show, "IGUDESMAN & JOO: A Little Nightmare Music" on April 17th. You can get a preview in the video below! Tickets for IGUDESMAN & JOO can be purchased at More information is available at their website:

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Billy Joel 'We Didn't Start The Fire' Offer At iTunes

This month only, download Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start The Fire" for just $0.69 on iTunes! Visit

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New Billy Joel Q&A - What Impact Did The Vietnam War Have On You And Your Music?

Billy describes the impact of the Vietnam War on himself, his friends and his music in this latest video from our "Questions & Answers" lecture series. Billy was asked this question during a lecture at the University of Akron in 1996, and he discusses the draft and how soldiers came back from Vietnam and asked him to write a song about their experiences.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Did You Have A Reason For Including A Chorus Of 'Gloria' At The End Of 'The River Of Dreams?'

In 1996, Billy Joel gave a Q&A at Florida State University and was asked about his reason for including "Gloria" at the end of the song "The River Of Dreams." In his answer, Billy talks about "Gloria," Jones Beach and Ludwig van Beethoven. You can watch this in the video below and view more clips from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series!

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New Billy Joel Q&A - How Does A Song Go From An Idea In Your Head To A Record In The Store?

What is the anatomy of a song? Billy answers this question with a performance of “The Entertainer“ on guitar, recorded during a Q&A session at Harvard University in 1994. He has broken many piano strings on stage, but here he breaks a guitar string as he recounts his inspiration for writing the song. Watch his performance in the clip below and check out more Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" videos!

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TV Reminder: Billy Joel Songs To Be Performed Tonight On 'American Idol'

American IdolSomeone will say goodbye to Hollywood this week on American Idol. The show's Top 10 finalists will be performing songs from the Billy Joel songbook tonight. Tune in to FOX at 8 p.m. EDT for the two-hour episode and see who may be movin' out. In the meantime, you can check out Billy's song lyrics here! Which songs do you think the finalists should perform?

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Do You Remember Your First Piano Teacher?

In 1996, Billy Joel gave a Q&A at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and was asked about his first piano teacher. In his answer, Billy plays the first song he ever learned on piano, and shows how he began to improvise with classical music. He also describes how taking piano lessons was like putting a "kick me" sign on his back, but he learned how to box, and started meeting girls. Watch his answer in the video below and check out more clips from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series!

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Billy Joel Talks About Life, Music At St. Petersburg College

No part of the legendary songwriter's career was off limits Monday, March 19th at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, the latest stop on Joel's Q&A tour of college campuses. For more than two hours, Joel moved from the microphone to piano to organ, taking questions from the audience about the inspirations — many of them female — that molded his hefty songbook.

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