Billy Joel is a famous pianist and a song-writer. He is considered as one of the greats in the industry and he has reached all the heights and set a lot of records. Joel rose to prominence with his first hit single song titled “Piano Man” in 1973 and after that produced many albums and hit many records. He has a total of 13 studio albums, with the last one coming out in 2001 called “Fantasies and Delusions.” Although he does not make music so much anymore, he continues to go on tours and manages still to perform as much as he can.
Billy Joel reached a lot of heights in his career and he is currently the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. His compilation album titled “Greatest Hits Vol 1 & 2” is currently one of the best-selling albums in the United States. During his career, he had Top 40 hits in 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving a total of 33 Top Hits in the US. He received the Grammy Award a total of six times while being nominated23 times for it. In total he managed to sell over 150 million records worldwide.
For his achievements in music he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2006 he also received the Johnny Mercer award and in 2013 he received the Kennedy Center Honors.
Billy Joel Net Worth and Salary
Billy Joel’s success cannot be measured. He is one of the most popular and most prolific performers ever to be born. His records speak for himself and he was able to set standards on more than one occasion. As calculated by Forbes, Billy Joel is currently worth 160 million dollars, making him one of the top selling and top earning artists in the world.
Billy Joel Wife, Daughter and Family
Billy Joel has had a very turbulent dating life as well as his career has been. He has married more than on one occasion and has had various scandals and stories written about his dating life. His first notable relationship was with his first wife, Elizabeth Weber Small, which was the wife of his music partner Jon Small. When Jon found out about his wife’s infidelity it caused her to break up with both of them, after which Joel overdosed and ended up in hospital and carried their by Jon Small himself. Webber and Joel got married in 1973 and he dedicated his first hit song “Piano Man” to her. But they ultimately got a divorcee in 1982.
There were rumors that Joel was dating Elle Macpherson after that, but ultimately ended up marrying another model. In 1985 he and Christie Brinkley got married and stayed together until 1994. During that period they got a, Alexa Ray Joel who was named after Ray Charles. After the divorce Joel and Christie still remained friends and she even attended his next marriage.
In 2003, Billy Joel got married for the third time. This time it was to a far younger girl, Katie Lee, who was only 23 years old at the time. But this marriage was not meant to last as well and ultimately their separation was announced in 2009. Most recently, actually on July 2015, Billy Joel married for the fourth time. His latest and current wife is Alexis Roderick. Actually they have been dating since 2009 and started to do so after Billy’s latest divorce. They have a daughter together, Della Rose Joel born in August 2015.
Billy Joel Age
Billy Joel was born in Bronx, New York City, New York. He was born on May 9, 1949 and is currently 68 years old. His father Howard was a classical pianist and managed to escape Germany and the Nazi regime and ended up in America. It was there where he met Joel’s mother Rosalind. Unfortunately they divorced in 1957 and it prompted Howard to move to Vienna. Joel also has a sister from the first marriage of his father and a half-brother, Alexander Joel, who is a classic conductor in Europe. It was actually his mother who prompted him to take piano lessons which Billy hated at first. He went to Hicksville High School and at the same time played in a piano bar to help his mother. Because of that he had problems with attendance and did not graduate with his own class. He decided not to attend summer school and went on to have a music career instead. Although it proved much better for him and he managed immense fame, he submitted essays to the school board and was eventually granted his diploma at the Hicksville High’s annual-graduation ceremony. This was 25 years afterward his initially dropping out.
Billy Joel Height and Weight
Billy Joel is not as young as he used to be. This is taking a toll on his body and changes the way he looks. But he still remains a prolific piano player and a legitimate rock star. He is 1.66 m tall and he weighs aproximately 140 pounds.
Is Billy Joel Gay?
Despite being a famous and fabulous musician and a rock star, Billy Joel has never had a gay relationship nor an experience in his life. There are many examples of rock stars having an occasional slip up here and there and certain rumors, but those are not linked to Billy Joel. His dating life is exceptional and he has had more relationships with women than we could think of, but it was never with a man.
Billy Joel Nationality and Ethnicity
Billy Joel is American by Nationality and belongs to the Caucasian Ethnic group. His father is a Jewish man from Germany so Billy has some German blood from his father’s side but his mother was also born in Brooklyn to Jewish parents. Despite both his parents being Jewish, Billy is a secular Jew and regards himself as an atheist.
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Born:,May 9 1949
Profession:,Songwriter and Singer
Net Worth:,$ 160 million
Married to:,Alexis Roderick
Children:,Della Rose Joel
Education:,Hicksville High School