William Martin (Billy Joel) was born in the Bronx on May 9, 1949. He was raised in New York’s Hicksville suburb. Howard Joel, Billy’s father was a classical pianist born in Germany. He was a son to a Jewish manufacturer and merchant, Karl Arson Joel. Howard emigrated from his home land to the United States via Cuba and Switzerland as the then Germany immigration quotas prevented direct migration at that period due to the Nazi regime. Rosalind, Joel’s mother was born to Jewish parents (Rebecca Nyman and Philip) in England. They however divorced in early 1957 as Howard Joel relocated to Vienna. Billy Joel has a half brother, Alexander Joel, who was a classical music conductor in Europe. He is currently Staatstheater Braunschweig’s chief music director. Billy Joel is an American songwriter, pianist, composer and singer. Since releasing “Piano Man” in 1973 as his first hit song, Billy has made it to the list of top three best selling solo artist and the 6th best selling recording artist in the U.S. His greatest hits in Vol 1 and 2 that he compiled became the third best selling in the U.S. according to number of discs shipped. Joel dominated the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s has since released 33 songs that have made it on the top 40 list in The United States. He has also received 23 Grammy awards nominations and has won six Grammies in his career. Billy Joel is one of the best selling artists of all generations, selling more than 150 million copies worldwide. Joel has been inducted in various halls of fame including the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. He has also won various awards including the 2001 John Mecer Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2013. Billy Joel, however, stopped writing pop/rock music after the 1993’s River of Dreams. He however continues to play songs of all eras in his solo career, touring various places around the world. Ticket Triumph is the premier exchange for cheap Billy Joel tickets. We have concert tickets available for all of the tour dates on his upcoming schedule. Select a show near you below to instantly view our large selection of seats. Buy your Billy Joel tickets now and advantage of the discount prices.