Presentation on theme: "By: Marissa Wimer “PIANO MAN”. Born on May 9 th, 1949. Born in Bronx, New York. Started playing the piano at the age of 4. Joined his first band at age."— Presentation transcript:
Born on May 9 th, 1949. Born in Bronx, New York. Started playing the piano at the age of 4. Joined his first band at age 14, The Echoes.
1971 he signs his first solo contract. Disappeared playing across west coast. Columbia Records offers a contract. 1974 records album “Piano Man”
1976 the band goes on tour. 1978 ‘Just The Way You Are’ receives awards. ‘It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me’ becomes his first #1 single. 1981 he wins the Best Rock Vocal Performance and the Grammys. Wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Pop Performer.
1982 divorces first wife Elizabeth Weber Small. Later that year, Billy was in a motorcycle accident Recorded ‘Nylon Curtain’ Later landing #7 on the charts and receives nomination
1985 marries Christie Brinkley Daughter Alexa Ray, born in the same year 1987 receives full rock production in the Soviet Union 1989 “We Didn’t Start The Fire” reaches #1
1994 Billy teams up with Elton John for touring This same year he divorces Christie Brinkley. 1995 while touring in Japan he experienced the Kobe Earthquake. He donated all his proceedings to Osaka Continues touring with Elton John
September 21, 2001 performed on the America:Tribute To Heroes. 2002 named Music Cares Person of the Year. 2004 Billy married Katie Lee and later divorced after 5 years. 2007 sings National Anthem at Super Bowl XLI.
Billy has made history throughout the world with over 140 number one hits. Billy has continued and will continue to tour throughout the world to share with us all his many talents. I have enjoyed learning about Billy Joel and his many successes throughout his life.
Inspired by playing in a piano bar Characters are real people he had met “Paul is a real estate novelist”- a broker who was writing a book. Bob Dylan inspired harmonica Strapped harmonica to be able to play another instrument
WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE List of events his generation isn’t responsible for Wrote lyrics to the song first No melody to the song Not a favorite Hard time remembering words
Only the Good Die Young About a girl he had a crush on Original reggae beat Church official condemned song Woman chaste and pure and man has nothing