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Brinkley bowed out and he spent the night with Macpherson. — In 1988, then Columbia Records chief Walter Yetnikoff told a money-strapped Billy that something must be wrong with his finances.But, Billy thought, “I couldn’t help thinking that Frank Sinatra would have made a threesome out of that night.” — Billy hated his 1986 album "The Bridge" and only put it out due to record company pressure. — Billy so despised the recording of his Russian concert "Koheup," he called it "Kaput." — Jann Wenner, co-founder and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, told Billy to name his song “We Didn’t Start The Fire” and encouraged him to put it out. "Do you know how many records you've sold," he asked.
Six years ago, the “Piano Man” signed with a publisher to tell his life story, with ghost help from veteran music writer Fred Schruers.
Here are some of the book’s biggest revelations: — Joel's parents, German Jews, barely survived the Holocaust, having escaped at the last minute through Cuba. The family's whole harrowing story is chronicled in a little-known, 2001 documentary titled "The Joel Files." — Always self-deprecating, Joel assessed his star appeal early on, with the line “Look at me. I look like a guy who makes pizza.” — Despondent over his failing career in his 20s, Joel tried to commit suicide by swallowing fistfuls of Nembutal, washed down with furniture polish.
When he awoke, he thought, “Oh great, I couldn’t even do this right.” — Atlantic Records tried to sign Billy right before Columbia did.
” Right then, Joel realized he wrote a song about loving someone who doesn’t need to change for “someone who in fact had changed.” — Joel didn't want to sing "Just The Way You Are" at first, fearing he'd get tagged "as a lounge singer." Linda Ronstadt said "you have to - it's a hit! "There's no subtlety in my playing, no real nuance at all," he says.
— When Joel realized, in 1982, he was ripped off of millions by his wife and her brother Frank, he concluded that “I have no concept how this family works. I hooked up with the Borgias.” — Billy was meeting Christie Brinkley for the first time in St.