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Billy Joel Pledges $1 Million To Save Struggling Arts School


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The Uptown Girl singer/songwriter previously appealed to officials at the Nassau County Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) not to shut down the Long Island High School for the Arts, which shares a campus with the Doshi Science Technology Engineering and Math Institute, due to decreasing enrolment.

"Long Island needs to embrace the arts," Joel wrote in a letter in November (15). "I went to public school on Long Island and I am grateful for the music program and my music teachers for helping provide me the tools for which I have based my career.

"I understand that closing this school does not mean the end of music and arts programs on Long Island, but it does indicate our willingness to abandon a school that has been there for 40 years rather than build it up into something Long Island and New York State can be proud of."

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Billy Joel Helps Prevent Two New York Schools From Closing Down


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Officials at the Nassau County Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) had been planning to shut down the Long Island High School for the Arts and the Doshi Science Technology Engineering and Math Institute, since enrolment had gone down and tuition revenue had also decreased.

After learning of their plans, the Piano Man singer wrote a letter in favour of keeping both centres open, since arts education has clearly had a great impact on his life.

"Long Island needs to embrace the arts," Joel wrote in the letter which was read at a BOCES meeting last week (19Nov15). "I went to public school on Long Island and I am grateful for the music program and my music teachers for helping provide me the tools for which I have based my career. I understand that closing this school does not mean the end of music and arts programs on Long Island, but it does indicate our willingness to abandon a school that has been there for 40 years rather than build it up into something Long Island and New York State can be proud of."

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Billy Joel Was So Busy Wooing Christie Brinkley He Missed Elle Macpherson's Advances


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Brinkley, who later became the second Mrs. Joel in 1985, admits her ex-husband was spoiled for choice as he performed at a beach bar.

The ageless model, who was on St. Barts working with Elle, reveals the two stunners and a young Whitney Houston were all in the bar on the night Billy decided to show off his talents in a bid to impress his future wife.

"He was like, 'This is where I get the girls...', she recalls, "and then Whitney Houston walks up and she's like, 'I can sing!' And he's like, 'Run along kid...' and then Elle Macpherson comes with her body and her body was, like, flawlessly draped here and there, so he's like, 'OK, I've gotta sing now...'"

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Cop Convicted Over Billy Joel Concert Brawl


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Sergeant Joseph Brennan, 29, was off-duty when he became embroiled in a bust-up with another gig-goer during the Piano Man's show at Madison Square Garden on 7 August (15).

He was arrested on suspicion of assault and harassment on Wednesday (04Nov15), and hours later, he pleaded guilty to one count of harassment, according to the New York Daily News.

Reports suggest the two men did not know each other, and a dispute between them at the gig escalated into a fight.

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Billy Joel Performs In Concert

Billy Joel - Billy Joel performing live on stage on his 22nd show in a row at Madison Square Garden at Madison Square Garden - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 21st October 2015

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John Mayer and Billy Joel
John Mayer and Billy Joel
John Mayer and Billy Joel

Billy Joel Names New York Governor As Baby's Godfather


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The Piano Man star and his wife Alexis welcomed a little girl named Della Rose in August (15).

It has now emerged that Billy asked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to take on a special role in his daughter's life.

Editors at New York Post gossip column Page Six report the couple marked Della's Christening on Tuesday (29Sep15) and the politician was named her godfather.

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Saxophone Player Phil Woods Dies Weeks After Announcing Retirement


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A celebrated jazz alto sax player, Woods was a bandleader and session man, who played on classic tracks recorded by Billy Joel and Paul Simon.

Mentored by jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, Woods' sax can be heard on Joel's Just The Way You Are and Paul Simon's Have a Good Time, as well as Steely Dan's Doctor Wu.

Reports suggest he passed away on Tuesday (29Sep15) from complications caused by emphysema.

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Christie Brinkley Spotted With Another Rock Veteran


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The odd couple was photographed leaving the Big Apple's The Bowery Hotel after a dinner date.

Sources tell U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, Mellencamp, who shares a publicist with Brinkley, arrived alone and was soon joined by the ageless model. They left together in Mellencamp's chauffeured car after an hour.

Brinkley was married to Joel for nine years, while Mellencamp split from model Elaine Irwin in 2010 and started dating actress Meg Ryan. The couple reportedly split in June (15).

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Amy Schumer And Jennifer Lawrence Dance Atop Piano At Billy Joel Concert


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Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence’s epic friendship continues. The two friends were videoed dancing on top of a piano at a Billy Joel concert in Chicago on Thursday (27th August). The two came out during Joel’s encore and jumped on the piano during his rendition of ‘Uptown Girl’. The song is used throughout Schumer’s film Trainwreck so their appearance isn’t quite as random as it appears at first!

Amy SchumerAmy Schumer outside ITV studios in London in July 2015.

Read More: How Jennifer Lawrence And Amy Schumer Became BFFs.

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Jennifer Lawrence And Amy Schumer Surprise Crowd At Billy Joel Concert


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The actresses, who are currently writing a screenplay together, arrived on the Wrigley Field stage dressed in jeans and casual tops with a bunch of friends, including comedian Kyle Dunnigan, to pull a variety of dance moves such as the can-can as Joel performed his famous song Uptown Girl.

Lawrence and Schumer then broke away from the group, took off their shoes and climbed on top of the grand piano before continuing to dance on it for the rest of the song.

The Hunger Games star leaped off the instrument at the end of the track, while Joel helped Schumer clamber down. The pair then dashed off the stage after receiving a hug from the veteran singer.

Jennifer Lawrence And Amy Schumer Join Billy Joel On Stage


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Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer danced on Billy Joel's piano at his Chicago concert on Thursday (27.08.15).

The celebrity pals - who are currently writing a screenplay together - appeared on stage during his performance of 'Uptown Girl', where they shimmied around to the song, which features in Amy's movie 'Trainwreck.'

At one stage Jennifer was even seen kissing Amy's bare feet as the comedian climbed on to the piano.

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Opening Night Of Broadway's 'The Last Ship'

Alexis Roderick , Billy Joel - Opening night of Broadway's 'The Last Ship' at the Neil Simon Theatre - Arrivals at Neil Simon Theatre, - New York, New York, United States - Sunday 26th October 2014

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Alexis Roderick and Billy Joel
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Elton John AIDS Foundation

Billy Joel - Elton John AIDS Foundation's 12th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City at Cipriani Wall Street - New York City, NY, United States - Tuesday 15th October 2013

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Billy Joel Arrives At LAX

Billy Joel - Billy Joel holds hands with his wife Alexis Roderick, as they arrive at Los Angeles International LAX airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 25th February 2013

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Celebrities Attend Billy Joel's Concert

Newell Fleming, Heidi Barrier and Sallie Mason - Celebrities attend Billy Joel's concert at the American Airlines Arena at American Airlines Arena - Miami, Florida, United States - Saturday 31st January 2015

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Billy Joel

Date of birth

9th May, 1949

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

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