Famed songwriter and pianist Billy Joel has been honoured with a portrait hanging in Steinway Hall, the home of piano makers Steinway & Sons.
Joel, the sixth best selling artist of all time in the US (according to the RIAA) is the first non-classical performer to have his portrait hung at the Steinway home.
In November 2011, Joel’s solo debut – 1971’s ‘Piano Man’ was given the deluxe/expanded treatment to include a previously unavailable 1972 radio concert. Of most of the era’s major artists, Joel’s work is among the last to receive any kind of reappraisal, but other reissues set for 2012 will change that. The details of the later reissues have not yet revealed.