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May 9 Happy Birthday, Billy Joel

Published by: Carolyn Brooks Fleming on May 9, 2022.

Billy Joel, the “Piano Man” himself, turns 73 today. To celebrate his May 9 birthday, enjoy these quotes.

Billy Joel, singer and songwriter (May 9, 1949–present)

“I never dreamed I’d have a residency at Madison Square Garden. We can’t believe people are still buying tickets to see us. I remember the first time I ever went there, I was a little kid and my parents took me to a Christmas show with Gene Autry.” —Billy Joel
Ruggieri, Melissa. “Billy Joel says Taylor Swift is like the Beatles of her generation: ‘She knows music.’” USA Today, December 29, 2021, https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2021/11/03/billy-joel-50-years-return-madison-square-garden-residency-taylor-swift-adele-olivia-rodrigo/6197569001/.

“When I was doing this in my 20s and 30s, I was able to hit notes I couldn’t imagine now. It’s a struggle to sing this stuff now. By the end of the show, my voice is shot and I’m unable to speak.” —Billy Joel
Ruggieri, Melissa. “Billy Joel says Taylor Swift is like the Beatles of her generation: ‘She knows music.’” USA Today, December 29, 2021, https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2021/11/03/billy-joel-50-years-return-madison-square-garden-residency-taylor-swift-adele-olivia-rodrigo/6197569001/.

“I was kind of dumb when I was younger because there’d be, like, 10 reviews and eight of them would be great. I would pay ­attention to the two that weren’t so great. I’d go off half-cocked and I had a chip on my shoulder.” —Billy Joel
O’Donnell, Kevin. “Billy Joel: the EW interview.” Entertainment Weekly, December 20, 2019, https://ew.com/article/2015/07/24/billy-joel-ew-interview/.

“I’m writing new music all the time. I’m just not writing pop stuff. It’s not my goal right now. I’m writing for the sake of writing music. Whether it gets heard or not isn’t an issue for me.” —Billy Joel
O’Donnell, Kevin. “Billy Joel: the EW interview.” Entertainment Weekly, December 20, 2019, https://ew.com/article/2015/07/24/billy-joel-ew-interview/.

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