Billy Joel, by his real name William Martin Joel, is an American singer and songwriter who started piano lessons from an early age, unlike his boyfriends who take great pleasure in mistreating him accordingly. He joined the group "The Echoes" at the age of 14. Then play with the "Hassles" in the 60s before forming with the drummer of the group a new group called "Attila". The adventure ends, the artist falls into depression and tries to end his life. He released his first solo album "Cold spring hearbor" in 1971 without much success. And it was two years later, in 1973, that he released the album "Piano man", which sold more than 5,000,000 copies ! The album "Streetlife serenade" was released in 1974 which contained the flagship title "The entertainer". Then it was the turn of the album "Turnstiles" to be released in 1976. But it’s the year 1977 that changed everything with the album “The stranger” which contained the planetary hit “Just the way you are”. And 1978 sees him reach the highest peaks of fame with the album "52nd Street" which contains no 3 planetary hits namely "My life", "Big shot" and especially the now cult "Honesty". The album "Glass houses" was released in 1980 and contained the hit "It’s still rock and roll to me" which would be his first No. 1 on the Billboard Chart. Follows in 1982 the album "Nylon curtain" which contains the no less famous single "Allentown". 1983 will be the year of a new planetary hit for the artist, namely "Uptown girl", from the album "An innocent man" from which the title "Tell her about it" will also be taken. 1986 will see the release of the album "The bridge", which will mark the end of the meteoric rise of this essential figure of the 70s and 80s who will remain for a long time one of the gifted of his generation. To discover or rediscover. Discography (among others ...) :
• Piano man 1973 • The Entertainer 1974 • Just the way you are 1977 • Movin' out (Anthony's song) 1977 • She's always a woman 1977 • The stranger 1978 • My life 1978 • Big shot 1979 • Honesty 1979 • All for Leyna 1980 • You may be right 1980 • It's Still Rock And Roll To Me 1980 • Don't ask me why 1980 • Say goodbye to Hollywood 1981 • Pressure 1982 • Allentown 1983 • Tell her about it 1983 • Uptown girl 1983 • An innocent man 1983 • The longest time 1984 • Leave a tender moment alone 1984 • Keeping the faith 1984 • You're only human (Second wind) 1985 • The night is still young 1985 • Modern woman 1986 • A matter of trust 1986 • This is the time 1986 • Back in the U.S.S.R. 1987 • We didn't start the fire 1989 • I go to extremes 1990 • The Downeaster 'Alexa' 1990 • And so it goes 1990 • All shook up 1992 • The river of dreams 1993 • All about soul 1993 • Lullabye (Goodnight, my angel) 1994 • To make you feel my love 1997
1973 ... after a first title that will have gone somewhat unnoticed, the second is already consecrated globally. A startling career to say the least !
1974 ... a quality suite but with very average inspiration. Result of the races : immediate unscrewing in the Charts ...
1977 ... the first WONDER ! THE huge hit that will reveal him to the eyes of the whole world and literally explode its notoriety. He simply signs here one of the most beautiful Intimist titles of this end of the XXth century. MA-GIC !
1977 ... a BIG year 1977 with a plethora of titles and quality on all floors. The momentum has started and is not about to stop !
1977 ... a beautiful ballad to end this year in style, which will undoubtedly remain one of the artist's best
1978 ... a track which starts very smoothly and which accelerates in a very surprising way. Nice style effect that works perfectly !
1978 ... his biggest hit of the decade. A title that will undoubtedly remain one of the most emblematic of the decade. MAS-TER-FUL !
1979 ... the tops hits follow one another at an impressive speed. The artist's inspiration really works wonders title after title. And it's not about to stop !
1979 ... the 2nd WONDER ! And surely the one that will stay in history as its Masterpiece. One of the major titles of the 1970s and the 20th century, let's not be afraid of words. MO-NU-MEN-TAL !
1980 ... a change of decade that rhymes with sudden acceleration of the tempo. An overspeed which unfortunately will not benefit him. At least on this title ...
1980 ... an overspeed that continues with this title. This time, the mayonnaise takes a little more but we are still far from the level of success reached at the end of the previous decade ...
1980 ... a year which will not remain as his best in terms of inspiration and which nevertheless will allow him to record several major successes. Astonishing ...
1980 ... and above all, a bloated year in terms of the number of titles released with 5 in total. It will be said that this is one of the good surprises ...
1981 ... a year of transition where nothing much happens except this title at average quality. Better that than nothing as they say !
1982 ... return of inspiration and who says inspiration says return of success. The momentum is picking up again and what is on the horizon promises to be most gigantic ...
1983 ... a year 1983 which begins in style with this particularly rhythmic title and which is only the hors d'oeuvre of an absolutely sumptuous year
1983 ... the mega potato ! A light and airy track that spins at 200 km/h and which offers the singer one of his biggest successes. MAS-TER-FUL !
1983 ... but that's without counting on this title ! After the huge hits of the 70s, he finally repeats with this HUGE title which will remain as one of the best Dance titles of the decade. MAS-TER-FUL !
1984 ... past the total euphoria of the 2 previous titles, here he is back in the Intimist register. An area in which he has always particularly shone. The proof once again !
1984 ... a year 1984 which starts almost on the same bases as the previous one. Admittedly, the level of success will be slightly lower but at this level, we are largely satisfied !
1984 ... a series of surprising songs that don't really match the sounds of the moment. And yet it works. Daring bet but winning bet for the moment...
1984 ... 4 tops hits for the same year, the dynamics of success did not weaken by an Iota. And it should last a few more years like this ...
1985 ... a sound already much more trendy. The result is immediate : we return to the category of mega hits. Like what, when he wants !
1985 ... not necessarily his best Intimist title, and yes, little blows of inspiration side, it still happens to him ...
1986 ... a year 1986 which starts again on the hats of wheel with this title which file once again at the speed of light. He likes speed, that's clear !
1986 ... a beautiful year 1986 with quality on all floors. Even if we are far from the mega successes of the year 1983, it's still a good job
1986 ... third top hit for the year 1986, a year which will remain as an excellent vintage. One more !
1987 ... as much 1986 was an excellent vintage, as much 1987 will turn out to be quite poor in terms of heavyweight titles. Except this one and again ...
1989 ... year 1988 empty followed by a resounding return in this new year. A resounding return which allows the artist to end the decade of 80 in apotheosis with this title which will remain as one of its best classified. HU-GE !
1990 ... a new decade 90 which starts on the hats of wheel with this title with the certain quality and which shows that the singer has still damn under the pedal !
1990 ... another BIG year with a plethora of titles and a return of inspiration that allows the artist to easily stay in the lead pack
1990 ... a year 1990 that ends smoothly as he knows how to do it. The singer delivers here a title with finesse that only asks to listen
1992 ... the year 1991 not having been of the most interesting, here it is again in 1992 and surprise, with this luxury cover of one of Elvis' flagship titles dating from 1957. A damn daring bet to put back to taste of the day a title dating from this time. Bet successful in any case !
1993 ... 20 years after his debut, the singer will know here his last notorious hit but what a hit. A new show of force of a decidedly extraordinary talent. MAS-TER-FUL !
1993 ... a year 1993 where everything succeeds with a new top hit in stride. Smaller than the previous one but still very large. What a career !
1994 ... the decline begins from this title without the artist being able to change anything. Quality is always the order of the day but the competition is now light years away and he will never again win the leading pack
1997 ... air hole of 3 years and return in small form in this year 1997. Year which will be the last year of activity of the singer during this decade. He will return the following decade but to do mostly only some figuration. After spending 25 years at the highest level, he had to stop one day. Anyway, he will leave in the musical history of the 80s several Masterpieces of which he can be proud !
Official Website :
Greatest Hits :