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5 Reasons to Love Billy Joel

Madison Square Garden will make a big announcement about The Piano Man on Tuesday, December 3rd at 11 am ET. Brush up on highlights from his 45-year-long career, then tune into Fuse for a live broadcast of the news

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The Song That Started It All

It's the song that started it all. 

In 1973, Joel releases his second album, Piano Man, and its self-titled single became his calling card, igniting one of the greatest and most successful careers in music—six Grammy Awards, 33 Top 40 hits in the U.S. and over 150 million records sold worldwide.

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Billy & Paul: Old Friends

Before it was demolished in 2008, Billy Joel closed down Shea Stadium with a pair of concerts to a combined 110,000 fans, called The Last Play at Shea. Paul McCartney, who performed the world's first concert in a sports arena at Shea some 43 years earlier as a member of the Beatles, joined him onstage for a pair of tracks. Then, in 2009, McCartney played a series of shows to christen Citi Field, the new stadium built on the former grounds of Shea Stadium in Queens. For the occasion, McCartney invited Joel out to play piano on "I Saw Her Standing There." Besties!

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From Russia, With Love

Billy's music helped break down walls during the Cold War. He became one of the first American rock acts to play in Russia since the construction of the Berlin Wall, and spread American diplomacy via fiery gigs at arenas in Moscow, Leningrad and Tbilisi, where he delivered classics (like "Uptown Girl" above) and covers of The Beatles' classic "Back in the U.S.S.R." and Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin."

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"Movin' Out" (Anthony's Song)

Joel has countless classics, from the piano balladry of "She's Always a Woman" to "Just the Way You Are" to the New Wave name-dropper "We Didn't Start the Fire." But there's something just too fun and too awesome about "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" with its banging grooves, blaring horns and the stuttering lyrical delivery and silver-tined Beatles-esque guitars on the backside of the chorus. Plus, nothing's better than Billy Joel singing about Hackensack and Sullivan Street. What's more New York than that? Fuggedaboutit!

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This Fan Collaboration on "New York State of Mind"

In a Q&A session at Vanderbilt University, a student named Michael Pollack mustered the cojones to tell Joel his favorite song was "New York State of Mind" and ask if he could accompany him in a performance. Joel, surprisingly, said "Yeah." The above performance is the result. It'll warm your heart.

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