Billy Joel donated all the profits from a New York concert to an animal shelter.
The 'Uptown Girl' hitmaker has been hailed a ''hero'' by Beth Stern - the wife of controversial US DJ Howard Stern - after he gave the proceeds from his Madison Square Garden birthday show in May to help her with Bianca's Furry Friends, a facility at the North Shore Animal League America in the city that will provide a cage-free home for shelter cats and dogs.
She told Social Life magazine: ''Billy is my hero. Howard and I call him 'Saint Billy.' Because of his huge donation, we are on target to break ground next spring!''
Beth also revealed Billy, 65, and his girlfriend Alexis Roderick have adopted two rescue dogs.
Meanwhile, the 'Piano Man' singer has put his Hamptons home up for sale again.
The 5,500 square foot property has been on and off the market several times for the past five years, and has now been relisted for just under $20 million.
For their money, the buyer would get four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, four fireplaces and a guest suite and, most impressively, a 145-foot beach with walls of windows looking out onto the ocean.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.