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Billy Joel announces Madison Square Garden residency

Billy Joel announces Madison Square Garden residency

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Rock 'n' roll icon Billy Joel announced Tuesday plans for a residency at New York's Madison Square Garden arena.
Billy Joel to perform New Year's Eve show in Brooklyn

Billy Joel to perform New Year's Eve show in Brooklyn

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- New York singer-songwriter Billy Joel announced on his website Thursday he will perform a New Year's Eve concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock up for Kennedy Center Honors

Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock up for Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Shirley MacLaine and Carlos Santana are to be recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in Washington.
Sept. 11 memorials held in New York, Washington, Shanksville, Pa.

Sept. 11 memorials held in New York, Washington, Shanksville, Pa.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Bells tolled in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pa., Wednesday to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that led to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Comic actor Will Arnett is dating celebrity chef Katie Lee

Comic actor Will Arnett is dating celebrity chef Katie Lee

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Will Arnett is dating celebrity chef Katie Lee following his divorce from actress Amy Poehler last year, E! News reported Tuesday.

After stroke, man says James Bond 007 theme makes him ecstatic

TORONTO, July 31 (UPI) -- A Toronto man who suffered a stroke months ago has been left with jumbled senses that trigger ecstasy when he hears the James Bond "007" theme, his doctor says.
Poolside photos of 59-year-old Christie Brinkley are a Web sensation

Poolside photos of 59-year-old Christie Brinkley are a Web sensation

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- Pictures of 59-year-old U.S. supermodel Christie Brinkley posing poolside for the new magazine Social Life have become an Internet sensation.
Obama presents Carole King with Gershwin Prize

Obama presents Carole King with Gershwin Prize

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- President Obama presented the Gershwin Prize to a singer-songwriter he called "the one and only Carole King" at a Washington ceremony Wednesday night.
Carole King to be presented with Gershwin Prize Tuesday

Carole King to be presented with Gershwin Prize Tuesday

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- James Taylor will headline a concert at the White House next week, when the Library of Congress honors Carole King with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 9, 2013.
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Record producer Phil Ramone dies at 79

NEW YORK, March 30 (UPI) -- Phil Ramone, a producer-engineer who won 14 Grammys for his work with a who's who of recording artists, died Saturday in New York, his son said. He was 79.
Stars raise $30M-plus for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Stars raise $30M-plus for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Jon Bon Jovi helped raise more than $30 million for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at a star-studded New York concert.
Springsteen to kick off Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

Springsteen to kick off Hurricane Sandy benefit concert

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are to kick off Wednesday's star-studded Hurricane Sandy concert in New York, organizers said.
Rolling Stones to play Hurricane Sandy benefit in N.Y.

Rolling Stones to play Hurricane Sandy benefit in N.Y.

NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- British rock icons The Rolling Stones have joined the lineup for this week's star-studded Hurricane Sandy relief benefit in New York, organizers said.
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Billy Joel
Billy Joel performs in concert at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas on November 17, 2007. The 58 year old piano man next performs in Fresno, California on November 19th. (UPI Photo/Daniel Gluskoter).
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William Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American musician and pianist, singer-songwriter, and classical composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man," in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States, according to the RIAA.

Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s; achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the United States, all of which he wrote himself. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner, a 23-time Grammy nominee and has sold over 150 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006) and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame (2009). Joel "retired" from recording pop music in 1993 but continues to tour.

Joel was born in The Bronx and raised in Hicksville, New York. His father, Howard (born Helmuth), was born in Germany, the son of German merchant and manufacturer Karl Amson Joel who, after the advent of the Nazi regime, emigrated to Switzerland and later to the United States. Billy Joel's mother, Rosalind Nyman, was born in England to Philip and Rebecca Nyman. Both Joel's parents were born Jewish. They divorced in 1960, and his father moved to Vienna, Austria. Billy has a sister, Judith Joel, and a half-brother, Alexander Joel, who is an acclaimed classical conductor in Europe, currently chief musical director of the Staatstheater Braunschweig.

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