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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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Next Week's 'American Idol' Theme: Billy Joel Songs On March 21st

American Idol's Season 11 Top 10 was announced on Thursday night's episode, which sent 16-year-old Shannon Magrane home after a difficult week where the contestants were challenged to sing a song from the year they were born. Will next week's theme of Billy Joel songs be any easier?

Considering few of the finalists on this year's show are rock-oriented, it may be an equally daunting task to reinterpret the music of the Piano Man and one of music history's biggest hitmakers, especially for someone like Jessica Sanchez or Joshua Ledet. On the other hand, the likes of gritty-voiced belters Erika Van Pelt and Elise Testone may fair better than weeks past, and certainly Colton Dixon, to whom a piano bench is home, may have an advantage.

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Billy Joel Mixes Stories With Song At University Of Miami

From discussing songwriting in the shower and even in his sleep to revealing the inspiration for his weekend anthem “You May Be Right” (“Ex number one”), Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel perfectly melded his talents as musician and storyteller during a memorable marathon show attended by nearly 1,800 UM students on March 5.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Did You Encounter Any Stumbling Blocks Along The Way?

Today’s installment of Billy Joel “Questions & Answers" drifts back to December 10th, 1992, “The River of Dreams” period. Billy addressed students at Five Towns College, Dix Hills, Long Island, dressed up for the occasion in a 'suite n’tie.' One student asked if Billy encountered any "stumbling blocks" during the course of his career. In his answer, Billy discusses the myth of "artist management" and what can happen if an artist doesn’t stay vigilant in the music business, drawing from his own hard-earned experiences.

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Billy Joel Flashback: 'Glass Houses'

March 12th, 1980: Billy Joel released his seventh album entitled "Glass Houses." It was Billy's first album to have a track, "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," reach #1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.

Billy Joel - Glass Houses

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Billy Joel Featured In New Exhibit At Graceland

Billy Joel is being featured in a new exhibit at Graceland! His black leather aviator jacket is on display at the new ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley Exhibit. The new exhibit opened March 1 at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis! Click here for more details: http://elvis.ly/9t3rv

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Billy Joel Speaks To At-Capacity Crowd At University Of Florida

Billy Joel Q&A at University of Florida

The loudspeakers played Wings and The Clash moments before Billy Joel walked on to the stage. Then the lights flickered, and the at-capacity crowd at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts roared. “I hope no one is assuming this is going to be a concert,” he said. Joel stood onstage between two pianos and in front of a gong Thursday night for Accent’s “Billy Joel — An Evening of Questions & Answers … And a Little Music.”

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The Piano Man Takes Lynn University’s Stage

On the evening of Thursday, Feb. 23, Billy Joel took the stage in Lynn University’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center for “An Evening of Questions & Answers … And a Little Music.” The sold-out event was an intimate engagement only open to Lynn students, staff and faculty that brought together an audience from several generations. One student asked, “What does it feel like to know your music spans generations?” “It feels damn good,” said Joel who was first seen by some audience members in the 1970s while others were first introduced to his music on Sesame Street.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Are You Going To Write Symphonies And Movie Scores?

At the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, Billy was asked if he had future plans to write more piano pieces. Billy explains in a funny way how he regained interest in classical music after a long period of being in love with rock & roll. You can watch his response in the video below, and check out more clips from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series!

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Igudesman & Joo Playing at Carnegie Hall April 17th, Featuring Hyung-ki Joo

Billy Joel and Hyung-ki Joo

Billy Joel and Hyung-ki Joo during the "Fantasies & Delusions" sessions in 2001.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - What Are The Origins Of Your Song 'The Downeaster 'Alexa'?'

During a Q&A at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, Billy was asked about the song "The Downeaster 'Alexa,'" just before some technical difficulties at the venue. Billy has always filled any disruptive downtime in his shows with an impromptu riff. In this one, he filled the void with a song that could be called "You Can Kiss My %&S," or "Actually You Guys Clap Pretty Good." You choose. No matter the title, it's a riff that is completely unique to Billy's onstage performance.

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