Monday, May 9, 2011



Musician. William Martin Joel was born on May 9, 1949, in the Bronx, New York, to Howard and Rosalind Joel. Shortly after he was born, the family moved to a section of America's famous "first suburb," Levittown on Long Island. Although his father was an accomplished classical pianist, it was Joel's mother who pushed the young boy to study piano. He began playing at the age of four and showed an immediate aptitude for the instrument. By the time he was sixteen, Billy Joel was already a pro, having joined his third band before he could drive.

It wasn't long before the artist, inspired by the Beatles' iconic Ed Sullivan Show performance, committed heart and soul to a life in music. He dropped out of high school to pursue a performing career, devoting himself to creating his first solo album Cold Spring Harbor, which was released in 1970. And for those who are fans, or like myself, his biggest fan, the rest is history.

So many concerts, so many songs that mean so much including the Mother-Groom dance at my son's wedding to "Just the Way You Are". And so today, Happy Birthday, to THE "Piano Man"! If you're a fan, enjoy!.... and if not, I guess it is your choice. Thank you for so much, Billy!


Ricki said...

Came upon this post on Google Reader as I was listening to "The Ballad of Billy the Kid" on my iTunes. I found it ironic so I had to post.

Pamela Keener said...

From one who absolutely loves "Captain Jack" and the entire Piano Man album from way back Here's to you BJ
Love & Hugs,

Steve Capell said...

Absolutely amazing music and didn't realize that Joel came from a family rich in music. I have a deep appreciation for those that can sing, and play musical instruments as they bring spice into our lives.