On This Day (May 9) : Happy Birthday Billy Joel!

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May 9 2014 

Billy Joel turns 65! 

 

Music legend Billy Joel celebrates his 65th birthday today! The New York native is famous for songs such as Piano Man, The Longest Time and Uptown Girl, with a career spanning over 4 decades. 

Born in the Bronx, Joel was heavily influenced by The Beatles after seeing their performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. "That one performance changed my life ... And when I saw four guys who didn't look like they'd come out of the Hollywood star mill, who played their own instruments, and especially beacuse you could see the look in John Lennon's face - he looked like he was saying - 'F*** you!' - I said, I know these guys, I can relate to these guys, I am these guys!" He went on to receive 6 Grammy Awards throughout his career and in 2013 was bestowed with the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest accolade for influencing American culture through the arts. 

While Billy no longer writes new material, tours of his back catalougue of hits are as popular as ever. Currently touring North America, the year will conclude with a sell out show at New York's Madison Square Gardens. 

 

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