Billy Joel´s Timeline

Timeline created by Elena Dueñas
In Music
  • Birth

    Billy Joel was born on May 9, 1949, in the Bronx, and grew up in the neighborhood of Hicksville, New York.
  • Childhood

    He started his piano lessons at the age of 4 and devoted his time to music, youth bands and boxing.
  • His first band

    His first band
    His first band was called "The Echoes" and they played covers of the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. In 1970 he was part of the duo Attila, who released an album, the cover of which features Joel dressed as a barbarian and surrounded by pieces of raw meat.
  • His entrance to the world of music

    His entrance to the world of music
    He moves to California, where he performs in music halls and hotels under the name of Bill Martin. In 1973 he achieved success with his album Piano Man.The song was inspired by the regulars he met while working at The Executive Room on Wilshore Boulevard.
  • Married

    Joel and Weber were married on September 5, 1973, and he became their manager. The song "she is always a women" was inspired by her.
  • The Stranger appeared on Rolling Stone Magazine's List!!!

    The Stranger appeared on Rolling Stone Magazine's List!!!
    Joel published The Stranger in 1977, an album that earned him a Grammy for Best Album of the Year, while Just The Way You Are, a song that appears on the album, would become a classic in his repertoire.
  • Uptown Girl

    Uptown Girl
    In 1983 he released his album An Innocent Man which has a total of 9 songs, including "Uptown Girl" which was a total success!!!.
  • In Rusia

    In Rusia
    In August 1987, in the early days of Glasnot in Russia, Billy Joel was the first American Rock and Roll star to tour the Soviet Union.
  • Awards

    In March 1997, he received the prestigious Ascap Founders Award. In May of that same year he was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Hofstra University.
  • Winning a grammy

    Winning a grammy
    In October 2001 his album Fantasies & delusions, a collection of piano solos, appeared all over the world. In the same year, The essential Billy Joel appears, a double compilation featuring songs such as Honesty, New York state of mind, or Just the way you are, which he wrote as a promise of love for his first wife and representative Elizabeth. With him he won two Grammys
  • Awards

    In 2013, he received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest accolade for his influence on American culture through the arts.
  • The last concert before the pandemic

    The last concert before the pandemic
    Billy Joel's last concert was in Mexico City on March 6, 2020