In honor of our career-spanning interview in the new issue, EW dug up vintage photos of the singer-songwriter from over the years. From his high school yearbook, his time in duo Attila and a promo shoot for The Stranger, here are six images that help illustrate the beginnings of Joel’s legendary career.
Handwritten lyrics for “You May Be Right.”
A tour poster from Fairleigh Dickenson University in 1977.
Joel and The Commandos appear in the Hicksville High School yearbook.
Joel (second from left) appears in a 1960s promo photo for Hassles.
Billy Joel as a part of duo Attila circa 1970.
Contact sheets from his 1977 album, The Stranger.