William Joseph Martin -Billy- Joel (born May 9; 1949) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. He released his first hit song; -Piano Man-; in 1973. According to the RIAA; he is the sixth best-selling recording artist in the United States.Joel had Top 10 hits in the -70s; -80s; and -90s; is a six-time Grammy Award winner; and has sold in excess of 150 million albums worldwide. He was inducted into the Songwriter-s Hall of Fame (Class of 1992); the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Class of 1999); and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (Class of 2006). Joel -retired- from recording pop music in 1993 but continued to tour. "Vienna" is a song from Billy Joel's breakthrough 1977 album The Stranger. Although released as the flipside of his She's Always A Woman single, it was played in a 1981 episode of Taxi called "Vienna Waits." Marilu Henner's character Elaine Nardo refers to the song while on vacation in Europe with Alex Reiger, played by Judd Hirsch. The song can also be found on the soundtrack of 13 Going on 30.
In a July 2008 New York Times article, Joel cites this as one of his two favorite songs, along with "Summer, Highland Falls".William Joseph.