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Musician Billy Joel has married his longtime girlfriend, Alexis Roderick. My personal life went to hell': Billy Joel talks about his three divorces and the hate the guy who was living here with his inherited money,' he says, 'and now it's mine. I can even judge a woman I'm dating by how she eats. Billy Joel tells of suicide attempt, Elton John rivalry and dating 2 Right then, Joel realized he wrote a song about loving someone who doesn't.
Their relationship has never really recovered.
Between andJoel had three car accidents on Long Island, once smashing into a house. He checked into rehab but never bought into it. Joel was 55, Lee 23 — just four years older than his daughter, Alexa.
Just months into the marriage, Joel was in rehab again. After a stint at Betty Ford, Lee — herself an aspiring culinary star — encouraged him to get back out on the road, and he began playing live again. Inwhile touring with Elton John, Joel kept seeing photos of Lee at premieres and gallery openings — and one in particular, of her dancing closely with another man at Art Basel in Miami.
She denied an affair. As the marriage unraveled, Joel held out hope. He told Lee he wanted to go to a therapist. She began talking about furniture. Today, Joel lives in Oyster Bay with his girlfriend of five years, a year-old former hedge funder. He is in no rush to marry again, but, ever the romantic, remains on good terms with all his exes, even Weber. His philosophy, say all of them, is to look for the good in people, believe in it, and try again.
His German-born father left when he was ten and she raised him and his sister by working very hard and insisting that he start piano lessons. She died in at the age of It took a toll on me. I hate writing but I love having written. I just stopped wanting to do it. I got tired of doing the same show over and over again and I think his agent told him we were going to do more dates that I never agreed to.
The last few gigs I did with Elton I could barely walk. I had canes — canes on stage is not good. I think at heart he meant well. They dry you out.
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My drug was booze. Growing up, all his friends were Catholic. His father went back to Germany, remarried. Never got a card, nothing. Jews living in Nuremburg had citizenship stripped, businesses stolen by the Nazis.
His family went to Cuba as there was a quota on Jews in America. My mother encouraged it. A lot of my friends were afraid of their fathers. So I went to the Police Boys Club where they did boxing.
I stopped being frightened. I read that he used to call reviewers who gave him a bad review. I started to write what could have been a song, but the music was saying what I wanted it to say. It came naturally to me and it had all the emotion in it. Music speaks to me on its own. They divorced in She was protective of me, but it went to her head.
It was not a smart arrangement.
'Piano Man' Billy Joel is a married man
Then she went to Europe to do the modelling thing. By that time I was already friends with Christie and she and her boyfriend broke up, so we started going out.
Columbia released a remastered version of Cold Spring Harbor in Nevertheless, interest in his music grew. Herb Gordon, a Columbia Records executive, heard Joel's music and introduced him to the company.
Joel signed a recording contract with Columbia in and moved to Los Angeles ; he lived there for the next three years. During that time, he composed his signature hit " Piano Man " about the bar's patrons. Artie Ripp sold Joel's first contract to Columbia. Joel's first album with Columbia was Piano Manreleased in Despite modest sales, Piano Man's title track became his signature song, ending nearly every concert. That year Joel's touring band changed. Rhys Clark returned as drummer and Tom Whitehorse as banjoist and pedal steel player; Johnny Almond joined as saxophonist and keyboardist.
The band toured the US and Canada extensively, appearing on popular music shows.
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It is perhaps best known for " The Entertainer ", a No. Upset that "Piano Man" had been significantly cut for radio play, Joel wrote "The Entertainer" as a sarcastic response: Disenchanted with Los Angeles, Joel returned to New York City in and recorded Turnstilesthe first album he recorded with the group of hand-picked musicians who became the Billy Joel Band. Dissatisfied with the result, Joel re-recorded the songs and produced the album himself.
In a radio interview, Joel said that he no longer performs the song because singing it in its high original key "shreds" his vocal cords ; however, he did finally play it live for the first time since when he sang it at the Hollywood Bowl in May Bennett Sings the Blues. The Stranger was an enormous commercial success, yielding four Top hits on the Billboard charts: The Stranger also featured " Scenes from an Italian Restaurant ", an album-oriented rock classic, which has become one of his best-known songs.
The album sold over seven million copies, propelled to number one on the charts by the following hits: A cover of "My Life" sung by Gary Bennett became the theme song for a new television sitcom, Bosom Buddieswhich featured actor Tom Hanks in one of his earliest roles.
Joel thought these labels were unfair and insulting, and with Glass Houseshe tried to record an album that proved that he could rock harder than his critics gave him credit for, occasionally imitating and referring to the style of new wave rock music that was starting to become popular at the time.
On the front cover of the album, Joel is pictured in a leather jacket, about to throw a rock at a glass house referring to the adage that "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones".
Glass Houses spent six weeks at No. In response, he received a pamphlet about Beatles merchandise. It was recorded during larger US arenas and intimate night club shows in June and July This release introduced many fans, who discovered Joel when The Stranger became a smash into many of his earlier compositions. The album reached No.
Although not as successful as some of his previous albums, the album was still considered a success by Joel.
With The Nylon Curtain, Joel became more ambitious with his songwriting, trying his hand at writing topical songs like "Allentown" and "Goodnight Saigon".
Joel has stated that he wanted the album to communicate his feelings about the American Dream and how changes in American politics during the Reagan years meant that "all of a sudden you weren't going to be able to inherit [the kind of life] your old man had. Joel said that he wanted to "create a sonic masterpiece" on The Nylon Curtain. So he spent more time in the studio, crafting the sound of the album, than he had on any previous album.
However, production was temporarily delayed when Joel was involved in a serious motorcycle accident on Long Island on April 15,severely injuring his hands. Still, Joel quickly recovered from his injuries, and the album only ended up being delayed by a few months.
The Nylon Curtain went to No. The album itself reached No. It also boasted six top singles, the most of any album in Joel's catalog. The album was well received by critics, with Stephen Thomas Erlewinesenior editor for AllMusic, describing Joel as being "in top form as a craftsman throughout the record, effortlessly spinning out infectious, memorable melodies in a variety of styles.
The music video of the song, originally written about then girlfriend Elle MacPhersonfeatured future wife Christie Brinkley as a high society girl, whose car pulls into the gas station where Joel's character is working. At the end of the video, Joel's "grease monkey" character drives off with his "uptown girl" on the back of a motorcycle.
When Brinkley went to visit Joel after being asked to star in the video, the first thing Joel said to her upon opening his door was "I don't dance". Brinkley had to walk him through the basic steps he does in the video.
Their work together on this video shoot sparked a relationship between the two which would later lead to their marriage in In the video for "Keeping the Faith", Christie Brinkley also plays the "redhead girl in a Chevrolet". Following the success of An Innocent Man, Joel was asked about releasing an album of his most successful singles. This was not the first time this topic had come up, but Joel had initially considered "Greatest Hits" albums as marking the end of one's career.
This time he agreed, and Greatest Hits Vol. Greatest Hits was highly successful and it has since been certified double diamond by the RIAAwith over Coinciding with the Greatest Hits album release, Joel released a two-volume Video Album that was a compilation of the promotional videos he had recorded from to the present time.
Along with videos for the new singles off the Greatest Hits album, Joel also recorded a video for his first hit, "Piano Man", for this project. Although it broke into the top ten, Joel's next album, The Bridgedid not achieve the level of success of his previous albums, but it yielded the hits " A Matter of Trust " and " Modern Woman " from the film Ruthless Peoplea dark comedy from the directors of Airplane!
In a departure from his "piano man" persona, Joel is shown in the video playing a Gibson Les Paul. The ballad " This is the Time " also charted, peaking at No.