William Martin "Billy" Joel was born on May 9, 1949, in Bronx, New York. He is a singer, pianist, and songwriter. Joel recorded many popular hit songs and albums from 1971 to his retirement from recording pop music in 1993. He is one of the very few rock or even pop artists to have Top 10 hits in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. A six-time Grammy Award winner, he has sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide and is the sixth best selling artist in the United States, according to the RIAA.