Joel, Billy

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Billy Joel
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Name
Joel, Billy Gender: M
William Martin Joel
born on 9 May 1949 at 09:30 (= 09:30 AM )
Place Bronx, New York, 40n51, 73w54
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Penfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 18°35' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 07°35 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 15°22'



Biography

American singer inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 after 15 years preparation for success as a singer and songwriter. His hits "Piano Man," " My Life," "I Love You Just the Way You Are," and "Only the Good Die Young" display his trademark talent for pop, soul and piano-based rock. Seven consecutive albums of his made the Top 10. Despite his success in the music industry, Joel remains cynical about the business, having sued two of his managers for cheating him of his money. On 9/25/1989, Joel filed a $90 million suit against his ex-brother-in-law and former manager Frank Weber.

Joel's father emigrated from Germany to the Bronx in the 1930s. He met his future wife and they wed, having a daughter and son. At the age of one, Billy's family moved to Hicksville on Long Island. Both of his parents were musically trained, his father a classically trained pianist. At four, the boy was pounding on an old Lester upright piano. His mother took him kicking and screaming to his first piano class and he dropped out of piano lessons at 11 because he hated to practice. Billy grew up in a volatile family as his parents constantly bickered. In 1957, his father left the U.S. and moved back to Europe. He would not see his father again until 1973. In the late 1950s, Joel found life difficult as a poor kid and the only Jewish child in a neighborhood full of Irish, Polish and Italian families. He got into many scraps defending his Jewish heritage.

In his teens, Joel adopted a tough punk look, sporting leather wristbands and carrying switchblades that were never used. He was an amateur welterweight boxer. In high school, Joel played with a band called "The Hassles." They played their gigs until 4:00 A.M. so Joel began skipping classes and missing out of his exams. The principal encouraged Joel to get his high school degree by attending summer school but Joel would have no part of it. His mother worked a string of menial jobs in order to raise her children. She was disappointed that her son preferred to sing and play the organ in a band with his friends rather than receive an education. Music meant everything to Joel and he bristled when family and friends tried to discourage him to give up his dreams for a practical career.

In 1969, Joel grew despondent over his difficulty in obtaining a musical career. He was working in a succession of miserable jobs so out of despair he tried to kill himself by overdosing on pills. He second attempt, by swallowing furniture polish, also failed to kill him so he checked into a hospital for medical care. He left in three weeks with a new perspective on his life. After leaving the hospital, he signed his first solo record contract and his album "Cold Spring Harbor" was produced in 1972. Because of his naiveté in the music industry, he signed away all his rights making him responsible for promoting the album with no pay. Unhappy living out of a van on the road, Joel moved to Los Angeles and changed his name to Bill Martin. He took a job in a piano bar and got married to Elizabeth Weber in 1973.

Joel's hit "Piano Man" about life in the piano bar was his breakthrough hit in 1973 becoming a platinum selling record. Leaving Los Angeles for New York, Joel continued to explore the facets of life in New York with his hit albums "The Stranger," 1977, "52nd Street,"1978, "Glass Houses," 1980 and his multi-platinum album, "An Innocent Man" in 1983. Onstage, Joel cultivated a bad-boy image by wearing leather jackets and tearing up bad reviews. He appeared in public as hot-headed and misbehaved in front of reporters. In the seventies, he was pitted against fellow pianist and solo singer Elton John by the music establishment. The two singers have great respect for each other and have toured together on the world's concert stages in the '90s. In 1987, Joel appeared in Moscow as part of a cultural music exchange between the U.S. and the USSR. In the late '90s, Joel concentrating on writing instrumental music that is closer to his father's classical roots.

Joel was married to his first wife, Elizabeth Weber for nine years. He became a workaholic and dismissed his need for a personal life. After his divorce in 1982, Joel met model Christie Brinkley while playing piano in St. Bart's in the Caribbean. They married in 1985 and had a daughter, Alexa Ray, born in 1986. They announced in mid-April 1994 that they had been separated since Thanksgiving 1993. They congenially share custody of their daughter, putting aside the bitterness of their divorce in their mutual love of their child.

On 9/24/1989, Joel was taken to New York Hospital for removal of kidney stones. His health problems continued when, on 6/16/1998, doctors advised him to cancel six shows due to laryngitis and asthmatic bronchitis that hit after a June 2 outdoor concert in Glasgow, Scotland.

Joel was slapped with a $5 million lawsuit on 2/15/2000 from a woman that claimed she was beaned by his flying drumsticks during a concert.

The singer became engaged in January 2004 to Katie Lee, age 22. They married in a sunset ceremony on October 2, 2004 at his Long Island, NY estate. This is Joel’s third marriage.

In March 2005, the musician entered a rehabilitation center for alcohol abuse following a series of accidents and treatment for gastro-intestinal distress. This is his second attempt in three years to combat his abuse of addictive substances.

In mid-June 2009, he and Katie Lee announced that they were separating.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

Events

  • Other Family 1957 (Dad left for Europe, didn't see for 16 years)
  • Death : Suicide Attempt 1969 (Twice, pills and furniture polish)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1972 (Album, "Cold Spring Harbor")
  • Relationship : Marriage 1973 (First marriage, Elizabeth Weber)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 9 November 1973 (Album, "The Piano Man")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 8 October 1977 (Album, "The Stranger")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 28 October 1978 (Album, "52nd Street")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 22 March 1980 (Album, "Glass Houses")
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1982 (Elizabeth Weber)
  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 15 April 1982 in Uniondale (Motorcycle accident, multiple fractures of the left hand)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 20 August 1983 (Album, "An Innocent Man")
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  • Relationship : Marriage 23 March 1985 in Manhattan (Second marriage, Christie Brinkley)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 29 December 1985 at 11:45 PM in New York (Daughter born, Alexa Rae Joel)
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  • Social : Begin Travel 26 July 1987 in Moscow (Performed first of three shows in Moscow)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 24 September 1989 (Kidney stones removed)
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  • Crime : Law suit 25 September 1989 (Sued former manager and ex-brother-in-law)
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  • Work : Prize 1992 (Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame)
  • Relationship : End significant relationship November 1993 (Seperation with Christie Brinkley)
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  • Social : Secrets revealed April 1994 (Announced separation from Christie Brinkley)
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  • Crime : Law suit 15 February 2000 (Sued by woman claiming injury from concert, flying drumsticks)
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  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 25 January 2003 at 10:30 PM in Sag Harbor (Car slammed into a tree)
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  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship January 2004 (engaged to Katie Lee, age 22)
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  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 25 April 2004 at 4:00 PM in Bayville (Car skided into a house)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 2 October 2004 (Third marriage to Katie Lee)
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  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital March 2005 (Entered rehabilitation facility)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship June 2009 (Split from third wife Katie Lee)
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Source Notes

Marc Penfield quotes a letter from him 8/1980, B.C. time stated; letter in hand

Categories

  • Traits : Personality : Hard worker (Workaholic)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Asthma (Asthmatic bronchitis)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Throat (Laryngitis)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Kidney (Stones)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (To remove kidney stones)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs
  • Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (Poor, picked on because Jewish)
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad (Volatile family, parents constantly bickered)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Dad returned to Europe)
  • Family : Relationship : Divorce bitter (Second divorce, later mellowed)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Christie Brinkley)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Loves job (Music has always been dream)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Many job changes (Succession of miserable jobs)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work alone/ Singular role
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Band, "The Hassles")
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches (Once lived in van)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Sports (Amateur boxer)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Lawsuit instigated (Sued two managers for cheating him)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Lawsuit sued
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Jewish)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide Attempt (Two, pills and furniture polish)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (To Bill Martin for a while)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Band, "The Hassles")
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano and organ)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Music (Singer, performer)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Songwriters Hall of Fame)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession

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