Billy Joel: His music, life on Long Island and more

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Through the years

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Through the years

Take a look through Joel's well-documented decades, from early performances on through his current residency at Madison Square Garden.

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What’s your Joel IQ?

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What’s your Joel IQ?

From his first song for daughter Alexa to the setlist for the Last Play at Shea, test your Joel knowledge.

Bruce Gilbert

July anniversaries

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July anniversaries

July 1, 2015, sees Joel breaking the record for most consecutive shows at MSG, but the month holds many other notable dates.

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The music

Top 14 songs

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Top 14 songs

Newsday music critic Glenn Gamboa ranks the Hicksville native's best songs.

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Your MSG photos

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Your MSG photos

Concertgoers' pictures from Joel's residency at Madison Square Garden.

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The albums

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The albums

Joel's catalog of studio albums is so deep that he continues to pull out new versions of songs to keep his set fresh.

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Live at the Paramount

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Live at the Paramount

Joel played an intimate show at the Paramount Theater in Huntington on Oct. 16, 2013.

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Musicians inspired by Joel

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Musicians inspired by Joel

Countless musicians, from Rufus Wainwright to Ben Folds, have taken inspiration from Joel.

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His Long Island

Joel's Long Island

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Joel's Long Island

Take a tour of his motorcycle shop, LI homes and more.

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13 ways he’s SO Long Island

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13 ways he’s SO Long Island

With more than 500,000 votes, LIers crowned Joel as the most Long Island person, place or thing.

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His philanthropy

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His philanthropy

Joel generally goes about things quietly, though his actions still generate widespread impact.

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Accolades & milestones

Kennedy Center Honors

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Kennedy Center Honors

Musicians from the worlds of jazz, country, emo and rock paid tribute to Joel at the 36th annual Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 8, 2013.

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Joel: 'Why me?'

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Joel: 'Why me?'

“It's like an abundance of good fortune,” Joel said about being a Kennedy Center Honor recipient.

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''The Definitive Biography''

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''The Definitive Biography''

Read an excerpt, from the 2014 biography, that revisits a career highlight: the Last Play at Shea.

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Newsday covers

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Newsday covers

Joel has graced the cover of Newsday many times, whether the topic was his music, boat, motorcycle shop or personal life.

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ASCAP Centennial Award

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ASCAP Centennial Award

Along with Sting, Joan Baez, Stevie Wonder and more, Joel received an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award on Nov. 17, 2014.

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Gershwin Prize honor

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Gershwin Prize honor

''George Gershwin was always a hero of mine,'' Joel said as he accepted the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song on Nov. 20, 2014.

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Gershwin Prize concert

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Gershwin Prize concert

A lineup of musical heavy-hitters saw Tony Bennett, LeAnn Rimes, John Mellencamp and many more paying tribute to Joel and his music.

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