William Martin “Billy” Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist, singer songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, “Piano Man,” in 1973, Joel has become the sixth best selling recording artist as well as the third best selling solo musician in America. His compilation album “Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2” is the third best selling record in the United States by phonograph records sent. He’s also a six-time Grammy Award winner that has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards throughout his career. He’s sold more than 150 million records world-wide, making him one of the best selling musicians ever.
In 2013, Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors, the country’s highest honor for affecting American culture through the arts. Together with the exception of the 2007 tunes “All My Life” and “Christmas in Fallujah,” Joel quit composing and releasing pop/rock content after 1993’s “River of Dreams”.
Starting in 1994, Joel toured widely with Elton John on a set of “Face to Face” tours, making them the longest running & most successful concert tandem in pop music history. During these shows, the two have played their very own tunes, each others tunes and performed duets. They grossed over US $46 million in only 24 dates in their sold out 2003 tour. In February 2010, Joel refused rumors in the trade press which he canceled a summer 2010 leg of the tour, asserting there were never any dates booked and that he meant to take the year off. Joel told Rolling Stone magazine: “We’ll likely pick it up again. It is always fun playing with him.” Nevertheless, in March 2012 he told an audience in the University of Florida that the Face to Face shows “got to be somewhat confining” because Elton John insisted they keep playing exactly the same sets. “I do not believe we’ll do it anymore,” Joel said.