Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Billy Joel is expecting his second child at the age of sixty-five. While Joel already has one child, twenty-nine year old singer songwriter Alexa Ray Joel with his ex-wife Christie Brinkley, this will be his first child with his longtime girlfriend, thirty-three year old Alexis Roderick. While rumor has it that the child is a girl, representatives of the couple state that the couple have “opted to keep any further details of her pregnancy under wraps until their new addition makes an official debut.” Allegedly Roderick is keeping a low profile, barely leaving the house and hiding her pregnancy under sports maternity clothes and big dresses hoping no one will take notice of the pregnancy.
Joel, who is said to be very happy with the news that he will once again be a father, hasn’t released new pop material since 1993s River of Dreams. In a recent interview with the New York Times, Joel blames boredom for the main reason he no longer records new music. While Joel feels that writing a three minute pop tune is an art form, he grew tired of being put into a box, comparing writing popular music to being placed in a coffin. Though Joel no longer writes new music, he does still tour. In fact, this year he has more than twenty stops, including Madison Square Garden and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Joel’s career began in 1965 when he founded a British Invasion cover band leading him to play piano on several records released through Kama Sutra Records. It was in 1973, after signing with Columbia Records that Joel released his signature song, “Piano Man.” Written about the six months he spent as a piano-lounge singer, “Piano Man” peaked at number twenty-five on Billboard Hot 100 and at number ten on the Canadian Singles chart. Since then, Joel has went on to become the sixth best-selling recording artist in the U.S; earning thirty-three Top 40 hits, won six Grammys, has been presented with multiple honorary doctorates, received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and sold over one hundred and fifty records worldwide. Joel has released thirteen studio albums the latest being an album of classical songs. The album, Fantasies and Delusions, was released in 2001 and peaked at number eighty-three on Billboard 200.
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