Top 10 Facts - Billy Joel
Fact #1

William Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9,1949) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer.

Fact #2

Since releasing his ?rst hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, loel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States

Fact #3

Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1975, 1985, and 1995, achieving 33 Top 40 hit5 in the US, all of which he wrote himself. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards throughout his career.

Fact #4

He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Fact #5

Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006).

Fact #6

In 2001, Joel received the lohnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2013, loel received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts.

Fact #7

In 1996, Ioel merged his long-held love of boating with his desire for a second career. He formed, with Long Island boating businessman Peter Needham, the Long Island Boat Company.

Fact #8

In lanuary 2014, loel appeared as himself in Adam Scott's Adult Swim series: The Greatest Event in Television History, singing his song "My Life" for a recreation of the opening theme to Bosom Buddies.

Fact #9

In 2002, Joel entered Silver Hill Hospital, a substance abuse and psychiatric center in New Canaan, Connecticut. In March 2005, he checked into the Betty Ford Center, where he spent 30 days for the treatment of alcohol-related problems. loel has no bone in his left thumb, since his 1982 motorcycle accident. loel is right-handed, though believes left-handed people have an advantage when playing the piano.

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