Billy Joel Part Eight
I’m finding so many undone blogs, this week, and I’m glad In found Billy Joel Part Eight, because now I can publish it. and it’s ready for posting.
In 1996, Joel merged his long-held love of boating with his desire for a second career. With Long Island boating businessman Peter Needham, he formed the LongIsland Boat Company.
In November 2010, Joel opened a shop in Oyster Bay, Long Island, to manufacture custom-made, retro-styled motorcycles and accessories.
In 2011, Joel announced that he was releasing an autobiography that he had written with Fred Schruers, titled The Book of Joel: A Memoir. The book was originally going to be released in June 2011, but in March 2011 Joel decided against publishing the book and officially cancelled his deal with Harper Collins. Rolling Stone noted, “Harper Collins acquired the book project for US$ 3 million in 2008.However, Joel is expected to return his advance on that sum to the publisher.“ According to Billboard, “the Harper Collins book was billed as an ’em otional ride‘ that would detail the music legend‘s failed marriage to Christie Brinkley, as well as his battles with substance abuse.“ In explaining his decision to cancel the book‘s release, Joel said, “It took working on writing a book to make me realize that I‘m not all that interested in talking about the past, and that the best expression of my life and its ups and downs has been and remains my music.“ In 2014, Schruers published a biography, simply titled Billy Joel, based on his extensive personal interviews with Joel.
Marriage And Family
Joel‘s daughter, Alexa Ray Joel Joel‘s first wife was Elizabeth Weber Small.
When their relationship began, she was married to Jon Small, his music partner in the short-lived duo Attila, with whom she had a son. When the affair was revealed, Weber (temporarily) severed her relationships with both men. Weber and Joel later married in 1973 and she became his manager. His one-time producer Artie Ripp said Joel‘s songs “She‘s Got a Way“ and “She‘s Always a Woman“ were inspired by her, as was the waitress character in “Piano Man“. They divorced on July 20, 1982.
Joel married a second time, to model Christie Brinkley, in March 1985. Their daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, was born December 29, 1985. Alexa was given the middle name of Ray after Ray Charles, one of Joel‘s musical idols. Joel and Brinkley divorced on August 26, 1994.
On October 2, 2004, Joel married Katie Lee, his third wife. At the time of the wedding, Lee was 23 and Joel was 55. Joel‘s daughter, Alexa Ray, then 18, served as maid of honor. Joel‘s second wife, Christie Brinkley, attended the union and gave the couple her blessing. Lee works as a restaurant correspondent for the PBS show, George Hirsch: Living it Up!. In 2006, Katie Lee hosted Bravo‘s Top Chef. She did not return for a second season, instead going on tour with her husband. She began writing a weekly column in Hamptons magazine, and became afield correspondent for the entertainment television show Extra. On June 17, 2009, they announced their separation.
On July 4, 2015, Joel married a fourth time, to Alexis Roderick, an equestrian and former Morgan Stanley executive, at his estate on Long Island. Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo conducted the ceremony. The couple had been together since 2009. On August 12, 2015, the couple‘s daughter, Della Rose Joel, was born. The couple had a second daughter, Remy Anne, on October 22, 2017.
Joel has battled depression for many years. In 1970, a career decline and personal tragedies worsened his moods. He left a suicide note and attempted to end his life by drinking furniture polish. Later he said, “I drank furniture polish. It looked tastier than bleach.“ His drummer and band mate, Jon Small, rushed him to the hospital. Joel checked into Meadowbrook Hospital, where he was put on suicide watch and received treatment for depression.
In 1971 Joel released his debut album, Cold Spring Harbor, including the track “Tomorrow Is Today“, related to this incident. Joel later recorded “You‘re Only Human (Second Wind)“ as a message to help prevent teen suicide.
In 2002, Joel entered Silver Hill Hospital, a substance abuse and psychiatric center in New Canaan, Connecticut. In March 2005, he checked into the Betty Ford Center, where he spent 30 days for the treatment of alcohol abuse.
Although Joel has donated money to Democratic candidates running for office, he has never publicly affiliated himself with the Democratic Party. Although he is not known for publicly endorsing political candidates, he did play a benefit with Bruce Springsteen to raise money for Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign in 2008. He has performed at benefit concerts that have helped raise funds for political causes. However, in regards to celebrities endorsing political candidates, Joel has said, “People who pay for your tickets, I don’t think they want to hear who you‘re going to vote for and how you think they should vote.“ Nonetheless, in 2016, after his sarcastic dedication of “The Entertainer“ to then-Republican candidate Donald Trump was taken as a serious endorsement, Joel told the New York Daily News in an email that he would be voting for Hillary Clinton.
Joel‘s parents were both born into Jewish families, but he was not raised Jewish. He attended a Roman Catholic church with friends. At age 11, he was baptised in a Church of Christ in Hicksville. He now identifies as an atheist.
Joel bought a house in Centre Island, New York in 2002 for US$ 22 million. He also owns a house in Sag Harbor. Joel‘s waterfront residence near Boca Raton, Florida went on the market in November 2015. As of June 2016, the 3.76-acre (1.52ha) property was priced at US$ 27 million.
Billy Joel’s Discography
• Cold Spring Harbor (1971)
• Piano Man (1973)
• Streetlife Serenade (1974)
• Turnstiles (1976)
• TheStranger (1977)
• 52nd Street (1978)
• Glass Houses (1980)
• The Nylon Curtain(1982)
• An Innocent Man (1983)
• The Bridge (1986)
• Storm Front (1989)
• Riverof Dreams (1993)
• Fantasies & Delusions (2001), classical compositions
Awards And Achievements
Joel receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, 2006
Joel graduated well after his high school peers because of a missed English exam.
His high school diploma was finally awarded by the school board 25 years later. Joel has been presented with multiple honorary doctorates:
• Doctor of Humane Letters from Fairfield University (1991)
• Doctor of Music from Berklee College of Music (1993)
• Doctor of Humane Letters from Hofstra University(1997)
• Doctor of Music from Southampton College (2000)
• Doctor of Fine Artsfrom Syracuse University (2006)
• Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music (2008)
• Doctor ofMusic from Stony Brook University (2015)
In 1986, Joel was on the site selection committee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame board. Seven members of the committee voted for the Hall to be located in San Francisco, and seven voted for Cleveland, Ohio; this tie was broken when Joel voted for Cleveland. Joel was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1999 by one of his chief musical influences, Ray Charles.
Joel was also named MusiCares Person of the Year for 2002, an award given each year at the same time as the Grammy Awards. At the dinner honoring him,various artists performed versions of his songs, including Nelly Furtado, Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, Diana Krall, Rob Thomas and Natalie Cole.
Joel has won five Grammys, including Album of the Year for 52nd Street and Song ofthe Year and Record of the Year for “Just the Way You Are“.
In 1993, Joel was the second entertainer out of thirty persons to be inducted into the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame. On September 20, 2004, Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for his work in the music industry, located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard. He was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on October 15, 2006.
Joel is the only performing artist to have played both Yankee and Shea Stadiums, as well as Giants Stadium, Madison Square Garden, and Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Joel has banners in the rafters of the Times Union Center, Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden, Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, and the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
He has also sponsored the Billy Joel Visiting Composer Series at Syracuse University.
On December 12, 2011 Joel became the first non-classical musician honored with a portrait in Steinway Hall.
On December 29, 2013 in Washington, D.C., Joel received Kennedy Center Honors, the nation‘s highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts.
On July 22, 2014, the Library of Congress announced that Joel would be the sixth recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He received the prize at a performance ceremony in November 2014 from James H. Billington, the Librarian of Congress, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Soto mayor.
On July 18, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo proclaimed the date to be Billy Joel Day in New York state to mark his 100th performance at Madison Square Garden