66-year-old Billy Joel becomes a father for the second time when his fourth wife, Alexis, gives birth to a baby girl, Della Rose.
55-year-old Billy Joel marries Katie Lee, his third wife. She becomes a writer and TV personality while married to Joel, a union that lasts five years.
At his concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, Billy Joel announces his retirement from touring and recording pop music, as he wants to focus on classical music. His retirement doesn't last long; he returns to the stage in December. After sitting out most of 2000, he embarks on the Face to Face tour with Elton John in 2001.
Billy Joel is officially divorced from the model Christie Brinkley. Their marriage lasted nine years.
Billy Joel becomes the first rock act to play at Yankee Stadium when he performs at the first of two sellout shows.
With the Cold War winding down, American export Billy Joel plays a concert in Leningrad - something that would be impossible a few years earlier. The show is released as the album KOHUEPT (Concert).
Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley have a daughter, Alexa Ray. She becomes a singer like her dad.
Billy Joel hits #1 in America with "Tell Her About It," a song inspired by his future wife Christie Brinkley.
Billy Joel gets his first Gold record, for "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me."
Billy Joel's Glass Houses is the #1 album for the first of six consecutive weeks.
Billy Joel's 52nd Street album hits #1 and stays there for 8 weeks.
Billy Joel scores his first Top 40 hit with "Piano Man," which comes in at #33 (it peaks at #25 two weeks later).
Billy Joel releases his second album, Piano Man.
Billy Joel plays a concert at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia which is broadcast by the local radio station WMMR. After the show, the station puts his performance of "Captain Jack" in rotation, and Joel builds a following. This leads to a contract with Columbia Records, which releases Joel's breakthrough album, Piano Man, in 1973.
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