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Born: May 9, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: musician

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A modern-day bard and legendary "piano man," Billy Joel released some of the most memorable songs of all time. A classically trained pianist, he played with various bands before launching a successful career as a solo artist. For several decades, Joel wrote and recorded countless hit songs inspired by his experiences as a struggling artist in such songs as "Piano Man" (1973), being a proud New Yorker with "New York State of Mind" (1976), and a man in love with 1977's "Just the Way You Are." The multiple Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee also caught the eye of the world's most beautiful women, most notably his second wife and international supermodel Christie Brinkley, whom he immortalized with the hit single "Uptown Girl" (1983). Not one to rest on his success, Joel often pushed himself creatively and took on ambitious projects throughout his career, whether it was headlining historic concerts in the Soviet Union, releasing an album of classical compositions in 2001, or collaborating on the Tony Award-winning musical "Movin' Out" (2002). With his songs forever ingrained in music history, Joel stood out as a prolific songwriter and entertainer for the ages. ...

A modern-day bard and legendary "piano man," Billy Joel released some of the most memorable songs of all time. A classically trained pianist, he played with various bands before launching a successful career as a solo artist. For several decades, Joel wrote and recorded countless hit songs inspired by his experiences as a struggling artist in such songs as "Piano Man" (1973), being a proud New Yorker with "New York State of Mind" (1976), and a man in love with 1977's "Just the Way You Are." The multiple Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee also caught the eye of the world's most beautiful women, most notably his second wife and international supermodel Christie Brinkley, whom he immortalized with the hit single "Uptown Girl" (1983). Not one to rest on his success, Joel often pushed himself creatively and took on ambitious projects throughout his career, whether it was headlining historic concerts in the Soviet Union, releasing an album of classical compositions in 2001, or collaborating on the Tony Award-winning musical "Movin' Out" (2002). With his songs forever ingrained in music history, Joel stood out as a prolific songwriter and entertainer for the ages.

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 Oliver & Company (1988) Voice Of Dodger
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 57th Annual Tony Awards, The (2003) Presenter
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Education

Hicksville High School: Hicksville , New York -

Notes

On June 17, 2002, Joel checked himself into Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut for substance abuse treatment.

January 25, 2003, Joel crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a tree on Long Island. Police did not contribute the accident to alcohol.

On April 25, 2004, Joel plowed his 1967 Citroen into a house in Bayville, Long Island, near his home; Police said there was no evidence that the crash was alcohol or drug-related.

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companion:
Trish Bergin. Born c. 1971; broke up in September of 2000, reconciled in early spring of 2001; no longer together.
wife:
Christie Brinkley. Model, actress. Married in 1985; mother of Joel's daughter Alexa Ray; divorced in 1994.
wife:
Elizabeth Weber. Business manager. Married business manager in 1973; divorced in 1982.
wife:
Katie Lee. Began dating in the spring of 2003; engaged as of January 2004; married October 2, 2004 at his Joel's Long Island home.
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daughter:
Alexa Ray Joel. Born c. 1985; mother is Christie Brinkley.

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"Goodnight My Angel" Scholastic
"New York State of Mind" Scholastic

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