Piano Spotlight: Billy Joel

Billy Joel was born on May 9th, 1949 as William Martin Billy Joel in the Bronx. He is a pianist, composer, singer and songwriter. He is recognized for his composition Piano Man which was released in 1973. He is the sixth-best-selling recording artist and the third-best-selling solo artist in the US. ‘Greatest Hits Vol. I & II’- the collection album by Billy is the third-best selling album in the US.

To his credit, Joel gave top 40 hit songs written by him from 1970s to 1990s. He also bagged Grammy Award for six times and was nominated for the same award for 23 times. He was also honored by his introduction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 1992, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006. He was positioned at No. 23 on the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists List by Billboard in 2008.

It is interesting to know that this great pianist was not at all interested in learning music in his early years and started taking music classes only due to his mother. He took piano classes under the guidance of great American pianist Morton Estrin and musician/songwriter Timothy Ford. He continued in the same field so as to help his mother with income. And the same career brought so much success to his life that he became such a great and accomplished pianist.

An accomplished pianist indeed!

An accomplished pianist indeed!

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