Best Known For
Singer Billy Joel topped the charts in the 1970s and '80s with hits like "Piano Man," "Uptown Girl" and "We Didn't Start the Fire."
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Soon after, their daughter Alexa Ray (named after Ray Charles) was born.
Through the 1980s, Joel would be crowned a hit-maker with smashes such as "Tell Her About It," "Uptown Girl," "Innocent Man" and "The Longest Time." He would release two volumes of Greatest Hits and become the first American performer to unleash a full-scale rock production in the Soviet Union. While churning out hits, Joel would also frequent the benefit circuit,
In 1989, on the heels of successful single "We Didn't Start the Fire," Joel was presented with the Grammy Legend Award. His professional success continued unabated into the early 1990s, although his personal life became somewhat dramatic. Joel divorced Christie Brinkley in 1993 and began a host of legal proceedings against various lawyers, publishers and managers that he had worked with over the years. After the release of River of Dreams (1994), Joel slowed his studio recordings, but continued to tour alone and in combination with fellow artists such as Elton John. In 1999, the worldwide sales of his songs passed the 100 million mark. Also that year, Joel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by his idol, Ray Charles.
In the early 2000s, Joel found himself in and out of rehab, struggling with an ongoing alcohol addiction. In 2004, he married the television personality and journalist Katie Lee. They would eventually divorce after five years of marriage. In 2007, Joel released the single "All My Life," his first song with original lyrics in 13 years. Though semi-retired in terms of recording new pop songs, Joel continues to tour and branch out as an artist. He has composed a number of classical songs and even reworked older ballads with an orchestral backing.
Throughout the years, Joel's songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that "meant something during the time in which I lived ... and transcended that time."
© 2013 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.
profile name: Billy Joel profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
The United Service Organization was founded in 1941, as a way to provide morale to service members through entertainment. Hollywood was happy to promote its patriotism (and its stars), and sent entertainers to combat zones, often in danger, to perform for the troops. From Marilyn Monroe to Stephen Colbert, many of the biggest names in showbiz have put on shows for the American service members around the world. Check out these famous USO entertainers.
USO Entertainers 46 people in this group
Famous Taureans 518 people in this group
Famous Singers 713 people in this group