By EW Staff
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.”

Billy Joel Archives

 

A tour poster from Fairleigh Dickenson University in 1977.

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

Billy Joel Archive

 

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

 

Billy Joel as a part of duo Attila circa 1970.

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Contact sheets from his 1977 album, The Stranger.

Jim Houghton/Sony Music

 

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