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By EW Staff
Updated July 27, 2015 at 06:18 PM EDT
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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.”

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Credit: Billy Joel Archives

A tour poster from Fairleigh Dickenson University in 1977.

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Credit: Paul Fiero Collecdtion/Billy Joel Archive

Joel and The Commandos appear in the Hicksville High School yearbook.

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Credit: Billy Joel Archive

Joel (second from left) appears in a 1960s promo photo for Hassles.

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Billy Joel as a part of duo Attila circa 1970.

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Contact sheets from his 1977 album, The Stranger.

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Credit: Jim Houghton/Sony Music

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