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Billy Joel Caricature shown here in 1985, age 36.
Joel is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. He was born in the Bronx, New York, and was raised on Long Island, New York, places which have a heavy influence on his songs.
He reluctantly began piano lessons at an early age, at his mother's insistence, his teachers including the noted American pianist Morton Estrin and musician Timothy Ford, but he has admitted to being a better organist than pianist.
As a teenager, Joel took up boxing so he could defend himself. He boxed successfully on the amateur Golden Gloves circuit for a short time, winning 22 bouts, but abandoned the sport shortly after his nose was broken in his 24th boxing match.
Inspired by The Beatles, The Drifters and The Four Seasons, he favored tightly-structured pop melodies and down-to-earth, unpretentious songwriting. Before fame, Joel played in and around New York City at piano bars.
Joel signed a recording contract with Columbia in 1972 and moved to Los Angeles; he lived there for the next three years. For six months he worked at The Executive Room piano bar on Wilshire Boulevard as “Bill Martin”. During that time, he composed his signature hit “Piano Man” about the bar's patrons.
Joel's first album with Columbia was “Piano Man”, released in 1973. Despite modest sales, the title track became his signature song, ending nearly every concert.
Hitting his stride by 1985, Joel has written such hits as: “Piano Man”, “She's Always A Woman”,”You May Be Right”, “Uptown Girl”, “Just The Way Your Are”, “We Didn't Start The Fire”, “New York State Of Mind”, “Only The Good Die Young”, “Big Shot”, “Allentown”, “She's Got A Way” and “It's Still Rock And Roll To Me”; along with a host of others.
Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999). He is the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States.
Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the U.S., all of which he wrote himself.
He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
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Archival Conservation Mat is included with your purchase. Mat is a high quality, 4 ply (1/16″) surround mat. These frame mats are acid-free & Lignin-free made with 100% virgin alpha-cellulose surface, core and backing papers. So your caricature with mat will fit into a standard comparable frame either “20” x 24″ or “16” x 20″ depending on the print size, (frame not included). Price also includes a Backer Board.
32″ x 40″ stretch canvas print is produced by Giclee printing process and are hand stretched over heavy duty American made white pine. The canvas print is varnished twice after printing. The canvas prints are ready to hang (complete with hanging wire).
|Dimensions||28 × 24 × 2 in|
32" x 40" Stretched Canvas Prints $495, 11" x 14" Watercolor Print $95, 16" x 20" Watercolor Print $175