Billy Joel is a well-known American singer-songwriter, pianist, and composer. Billy Joel is widely considered one of the world’s most popular music artists and largest performers.
Billy Joel was born William Martin Joel on 9th May 1949 and is currently 72 years old. Born in New York City, New York, United States, he belongs to American nationality. Since he was born on May 9, his sun sign is Taurus. Likewise, he was born in a Jewish family. However, he is now an atheist.
Moving on towards his family members, he was born to Howard Joel and Rosalind Nyman. His father Howard was a classical pianist and a businessman from Germany. He had a successful textiles business. Whereas, his mother was born in Brooklyn. Moreover, his grandfather Karl Amson Joel was a German textile merchant and manufacturer.
On the other hand, his maternal grandparents are Philip and Rebecca Nyman. Furthermore, he also has a half-brother named Alexander Joel who is a classical conductor. Also, he has a sister named Judith Joel.
Talking about his educational status, he attended Hicksville High School until 1967. Being a strong student, he couldn’t graduate with his class as he didn’t have enough credits to graduate.
Professional Life and Career
In 1963, he founded his first band, ‘The Echoes,’ which later became known as ‘The Lost Souls.’ In 1967, he left ‘The Lost Souls’ to form a new band, ‘The Hassles.’ ‘The Hassles,’ the band’s debut album, came out in 2009, followed by ‘Hour of the Wolf,’ the following year. He quit the band in 1969, along with drummer Joe Small, and created ‘Attila,’ a heavy metal pair with him. In July 1970, they released an album through Epic Records.
He secured a solo recording deal with ‘Family Productions’ in 1971, and his debut solo album, ‘Cold Spring Harbor,’ was released in 1972. ‘WMMR-FM,’ a Philadelphia radio station, began broadcasting his live concert recording ‘Captain Jack,’ which quickly became a chartbuster on the East Coast. The executives of ‘Columbia Records’ gave him a recording contract after hearing the song.
Similarly, in 1976, he returned to New York and formed a new band with players of his own choosing. His second album, ’52nd Street,’ was released in 1978. In 1980, he published ‘Glass Houses,’ which reached number one on the ‘Billboard Album Chart’ and remained there for six weeks. He published his album called “Songs in the Attic” in 1981.
Likewise, he released an album called ‘The Innocent Man’ in 1983. ‘The Bridge,’ his ninth studio album, was released in 1986. In addition, he embarked on a musical journey around the United States on January 7, 2006. California Records re-released his albums ‘Cold Spring Harbor’ and ‘Piano Man’ in 2011. Joel gave the first concert at the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum in April 2017. In 2019, he announced the first-ever performance in a baseball stadium, which would take place at ‘Camden Yards.’
Moving on towards his net worth, he currently has a huge net worth of $250 million US dollars. He earned this wealth from his musical career.
He married Elizabeth Weber Small, the ex-wife of Jon Small, on September 5, 1973. On July 20, 1982, Elizabeth and Billy divorced. He married Christie Brinkley, an American model, on March 23, 1985, and they had a daughter called Alexa Ray Joel. On August 26, 1994, the couple divorced, although they remained friends.
Moving on, on October 2, 2004, he married Katie Lee, an American cookbook author 32 years his junior. On June 17, 2009, the pair announced their separation after five years of marriage. Joel married Alexis Roderick for the fourth time on July 4, 2015, at his Long Island mansion. Since 2009, the pair had been together. Della Rose Joel, their first child, was born on August 12, 2015. Likewise, their second daughter Remy Anne Joel was born on October 22, 2017.
Body Measurements and Social Media
Enhancing his body measurements, Billy is 5 feet 5 inches or 1.67 meters tall and weighs around 66 kg or 144 pounds. Likewise, he is currently bald with white beards and a pair of hazel eyes.
Regarding his social media, he is quite popular with them. Moreover, he has a huge 3.7 million followers on Facebook, 426k followers on Instagram, more than 300k followers on Twitter, and over 1.31 million followers on his Youtube channel.