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Billy Joel

Billy Joel

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    Billy has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, and has had 33 Top 40 hits in the U.S.
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    In 1973 "Piano Man" went Certified Gold, but because of a contract buyout Joel only netted $7,000 in profits from it.
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    His album "The Stranger" peaked at #2 in 1977 -- with hit songs like "Just The Way You Are" and "She's Always a Woman."
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    He married British supermodel Christie Brinkley in 1985. They divorced nine years later.
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    Joel announced his retirement after the 1993 album "River Of Dreams."
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    But then he returned for a sold out Millennium Concert at Madison Square Garden in 1999.
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    Billy was the voice of "Dodger" in the animated Disney featureOliver and Company.
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    Paul McCartney rubs Billy's shoulders during his Rock Hall of Fame Induction in 1999.
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    The two Bills hang out in 2000.
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    Joel was involved in three vehicle accidents between 2001 & 2002. In the last one, he says he was just going out to get pizza.
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    Billy married Kate Lee at his mansion on Long Island in 2004.
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    He's been touring extensively with Elton John on a series of "Face to Face" tours. Many times they sing and play each other's songs, and perform duets.
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    Banners are hanging in Billy's honor at Hartford Civic Center (CT) and Madison Square Garden (NY) commemorating record breaking concert sell-outs.
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