Billy Joel's Life

  • Date of Birth

    Date of Birth
    "Billy Joel" - real name William Martin Joel
    Born in the Bronx, New York to Howard and Rosaline Joel.
  • Joined first band

    Joined first band
    At age fourteen joined his first band named the "Echoes"
  • Joined his first Recording band

    Joined his first Recording band
    In 1968 he joined a band named " The Hassles"
  • Formed the duo "Atilla"

    Formed the duo "Atilla"
    In 1970, Billy Joel moved on to form Atilla with the drummer of The Hassles, Jon Small, in their attempt to start a hard rock duo.
  • Signed with Paramount records

    Signed with Paramount records
    He signed with Paramount records, for his first solo album.
  • Signed with Columbia Records

    Signed with Columbia Records
    Columbia Records had become very impressed with Billy Joel's song Captain Jack and tracked him down in LA to make him sign on with them
  • Recorded StreetLife Serenade

    Recorded StreetLife Serenade
  • Moving back to New York/ Recording of Turnstiles

    Moving back to New York/ Recording of Turnstiles
    Billy Joel moved back to New York and started a new band that recorded the Turnstiles album.
  • Ten Year Mark for Joel and Producer

  • 52nd Street Tops the Billboard Album Sales

  • Wins Grammy for Record of the year

  • 52nd Street wins Grammy for Best Album of the year

  • Billy Joel Hospitalized for motorcycle accident

  • "Uptown Girl" becomes a hit song

  • Start of his "Doowop" music style with An Innocent Man music

  • Volumes 1 and 2 of his Greatest Hits are published on Albums

  • Billy Joel is the first Singer to sell out Yankee Stadium for a concert

  • Elton John and Billy Joel pair up for the first time to go on a tour together

  • Billy Joel is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • Performance at sold out Millenium Event in Maddison Square Garden, NYC

  • Placed into the Songwrites Hall of Fame