The honour was for his 'most consecutive performances and most lifetime performances' with his leadership and contribution to the music industry in the State of New York. It's been more than 50 times that he's appeared in the Big Apple.
He's from the Bronx man! Born and bred in New York. Appropriately a day for Mr Piano Man himself must be in that city.
He is a six-time Grammy Award winner and a 23-time Grammy nominee and one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. Billy Joel is the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States.
I used to forget the title of We Didn't Start The Fire so I usually describe it as the song with a mouthful or, it's got: Einstein, Budapest, Chou En Lai and River Kwai in it. In fact, Mr Joel himself admitted he forgot the lyrics sometimes and would read the lips of his audience for reference. 😂
To have a day named after you? Hey, that's better than getting a knighthood or a million bucks.
I think he deserves the accolade, don't you?
Can local readers remember the names of vocalists or bands that performed Billy Joel songs on stage during Singapore's golden era of music? There are recordings too of his music recorded by locals on vinyl?