Piano Man Has Something New to Sing About

Billy Joel, known for his storytelling and vocals, will be honored as an American original.
2:45 | 07/25/14

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Finally tonight, the beloved performer awarded the gershwin prize. With just a couple of notes, you'll know our person of the week. ? just the first few notes, you know the piano man. Billy Joel. ? believe it or not, he doesn't see himself as a rock star. I don't even look like a rock star. From New York's Long Island. The suburb where he was learning to play the piano. His parents divorced when he was a child. It was a struggle. Lonely at times, but he found friends on TV. Including four young boys from Liverpool that inspired him. He left town to pursue music. But it was always home. The more I traveled, I felt like it was home. And tonight, what we didn't know about we didn't start the fire. Terrible melody. ? ? terrible melody. ? Billy Joel hasn't released a new record in 20 years. But his concerts, still sold-out. He knows his fans. ? That was after six grammys. The record of the year. Billy Joel. Which reveals the most important lesson of all. Everybody fails. It's how you recover, and how do you move on? And so we choose Billy Joel. I still remember my first once concert.

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