Joel pronounced he was meditative about his mother, Rosalind Joel, who died this year. “I
keep saying this by her eyes now,” he said. “She would have
only gotten such a flog out of this.”
Joel’s father was an achieved exemplary pianist who left a family when
Joel was eight, and his mom struggled to support Joel and his sister on
New York’s Long Island. In high school, Joel played during a piano bar to help
support his family. When he didn’t have adequate credits to graduate, he began
his career in music. Piano Man was desirous by these experiences.
Joel pronounced some of a many sparkling concerts he ever played were in 1987 when
he was a initial American cocktail star to move a full stone unison to the
Soviet Union. He didn’t know if any Russians would know his songs, though he
used George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” to assistance open the
Past winners of a Gershwin Prize embody Carole King and Stevie Wonder.
Kevin Spacey congratulates Billy Joel, target of a 2014 Library of
Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song AFP/GETTY IMAGES