From Steve Goddard
William Martin Joel was born in the Bronx on this date in 1949. Though he hasn’t recorded any new material in years, he has toured occasionally, drawing as large a crowd as ever. The quality of his music has held up better than most of his contemporaries.
I remember meeting him before a show and asking him to sign my 1970 Attila album which featured Billy and Jon Small thrashing through some heavy metal nonsense – it is commonly listed as one of the worst albums of all time. Billy scratched his name on the cover and smiled with a look that said ‘yeah, I know it was crap.’ Never takes himself too seriously, that’s one thing I like about him.
And yet, he can write some of the best love songs of all time. ‘Just The Way You Are’, ‘she’s Got A Way’, and ‘She’s Always A Woman are among his best. Between 1973 and 1997, Billy Joel placed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, three of which reached #1. in order, here are his five biggest.
Happy 64th birthday Billy – and thanks for the songs.
#5 – MY LIFE (#3 – 1978)
#4 – UPTOWN GIRL (#3 – 1983)
#3 – TELL HER ABOUT IT (#1 – 1983)
#2 – WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE (#1 – 1989)
#1 – IT’S STILL ROCK AND ROLL TO ME (#1 – 1980)