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Billy Joel is a name in the popular music world that is certainly worthy of
notice. A pianist, a songwriter and a pop singer, Billy leaves deep traces
in the known practices of high-quality music creation. Being only 25 when
his first album is released in 1974 (Piano Man), he shows exceptional gift
for writing melodic tunes with a great sentimental charge. His music is
emblematic for the 1970s when he releases several hits, including four hit
singles from 1977's The Stranger. His contribution to the music of 1970s is
rewarded in 1979 when he wins two Grammies. Through the years Billy keeps up
the good creative pace and by the 1990s he is declared to be one of the most
successful recording artists in history. This honor earns him induction into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. In personal life, Joel has a 9-year
marriage to supermodel Christie Brinkley behind his back and a daughter
Alexa Ray. Currently he is married to Kate Lee.
Billie Joel ended a one month spell at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho
Mirage, California, where he was recovering from alcohol addiction. Friends
of the star reveal that he looks really fit and healthy, now dedicated to a
very sober lifestyle. 20 April, 2006
Rocker Billy Joel attempted suicide by drinking furniture polish
on account of being tormented by an affair with his drummer's wife Elizabeth
Small. What made Billy suffer to such a suicidal extent was the need for his
relationship with Elizabeth to be kept secret.
Billys depression found expression in his new book Billy Joel: The Life And
Times Of A Young Man. The suffering singer was saved by Jon Small, his
bandmate that he was betraying. What an irony!
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