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Billy Joel 'Piano Man' Live At The BBC 1975 - Rolling Stone Video Flashback

It took Billy Joel a long time to become famous. The Long Island native began playing in local bands when he was just 14 years old in 1964, but he didn't have an opportunity to record a solo album until 1971's Cold Spring Harbor. An error in the mastering process sped the songs up on the finished LP and caused Joel's voice to sound ridiculously high. When Joel first heard the album he ripped it off his record player, ran outside and hurled it down the street.

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Billy Joel To Perform At 'Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together' Benefit Telethon November 2nd

Billy Joel To Perform At 'Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together' Benefit Telethon November 2nd

NBCUNIVERSAL ANNOUNCES ‘HURRICANE SANDY: COMING TOGETHER,’ A BENEFIT TELETHON TO AID VICTIMS OF HURRICANE SANDY

Scheduled Performances Include Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Sting; Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams Also Will Appear

Matt Lauer to Host

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Billy Joel's 'The Nylon Curtain' To Be Reissued As SACD

Billy Joel's 'The Nylon Curtain' To Be Reissued As SACD

On October 2, people who own SACD players (or who have PS3s with SACD capability) and are serious Billy Joel fans will be treated to what may be the definitive sound version of the classic album The Nylon Curtain, considered by many fans to be a masterpiece in his catalog. The album spawned several hits as well as several intense FM staples during its time on the charts.

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'Glee' Season 4 To Cover 'New York State Of Mind!'

'Glee' Season 4 To Cover 'New York State Of Mind!'

Glee’s season 4 premieres Thursday night, September 13, 9/8c on FOX, and the episode will include a rendition of Billy's "New York State Of Mind." The episode finds Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) and McKinley High student Marley (Melissa Benoist) joining forces on Billy’s iconic song in two locations, with Rachel in Manhattan and Marley in Lima, OH.

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Billy Joel Signs Global Publishing Agreement With Rondor and Universal

Billy Joel Signs Global Publishing Agreement With Rondor and Universal

Front row (L-R): Zach Horowitz, Chairman & CEO, UMPG Worldwide; Billy Joel; Lance Freed, President of Rondor Music.
Back row (L-R): Michael J. Sammis, EVP Operations and CFO Worldwide, UMPG; Don Ienner, Consultant; Todd Kamelhar, Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman; Lee Eastman, ESQ, Eastman & Eastman; David Kokakis, SVP/Head of Business Affairs/Business Development, UMPG.

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RIP Bob Birch. Billy Joel Offers His Condolences To Family and Friends.

RIP Bob Birch. Billy Joel Offers His Condolences To Family and Friends.

Robert Wayne Birch, bass player for Elton John, died Wednesday morning outside his home in Los Angeles at the age of 56. Bob began playing with Elton in 1992, touring the world many times over and was also involved in Elton’s hit single "Candle In The Wind." He also played with Elton John and Billy Joel during their Face2Face Tour, which started in Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium, July 1994.

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A Look Back On West 52nd Street

A Look Back On West 52nd Street

We came across Bob Egan’s online study of Billy’s album cover, 52nd Street, and his efforts to find the actual photo location. Bob’s historical analysis takes us back to the summer of '78 when the photograph was taken, outside the service entrance at street level, downstairs from A&R Recording Studios. Good work Bob.

A&R was once located at 799 7th Avenue, at 52nd Street, New York City, when Billy recorded his fifth album for Columbia Records in July and August of 1978.

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Songs Every Long Islander Should Know

Songs Every Long Islander Should Know

Photo credit: Kevin Mazur

Billy Joel tops Long Island Newsday’s list of “Songs Every Long Islander Should Know” with “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” voted #1, and five other Joel songs making Newsday’s top 100 list, more than any other artist. Billy spoke with Newsday writer Glenn Gamboa and discussed the story behind each of the six songs, which Newsday readers voted for every week beginning in June. Glenn wrote, “These are the 100 songs every Long Islander should know — songs by people from here, about here, and written and recorded here, that also have changed the world of music. And by here, we go along with the Long Island Hall Of Fame’s definition of Long Island: Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.”

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Welcome Rosie

Welcome Rosie
Billy and girlfriend Alexis Roderick adopt Rosie, a 4 year-old Pug, from the North Shore Animal League America. Rosie was rescued from a puppy mill, where she lived life in a small wire cage with no human companionship, toys, or comfort. That's all behind her now as she joins a loving home and the company of Sabrina, Billy's beloved 8 year-old Pug. Read More

Alec Baldwin Interviews Billy Joel on WNYC's New Show 'Here's The Thing'

Alec Baldwin Interviews Billy Joel on WNYC's New Show 'Here's The Thing'

This week on Here’s The Thing – Alec sits down with fellow Long Islander Billy Joel – at the piano – for a conversation about life and the musical choices he’s made. Listen Here

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Billy Joel Back in the USSR 1987

Billy Joel Back in the USSR 1987

25 years ago today, the whole world looked on as Billy Joel took his family, his music and his concert show to the former Soviet Union in late July and early August 1987. Billy summarized his feelings soon after completing the Bridge Tour and returning to his home in the States, 'You're not quite the same once you've been there.''

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Introducing The New 20thCenturyCycles.com!

Billy has launched a new website for 20th Century Cycles, centered around his motorcycle shop in Oyster Bay, NY!

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