Billy Joel performs 'Only the Good Die Young.'

Billy Joel is a six-time Grammy winner with 33 top 40 hits and more than 100 million records sold worldwide. He's the only singer in history to perform the national anthem at two Super Bowls and the only entertainer to sell out Madison Square Garden a record-breaking 12 nights in a row. In July 2008, Billy will play the final concert ever at New York's Shea Stadium.

Watch Watch Billy perform one of his biggest hits, "Only the Good Die Young."

When "Only the Good Die Young" was first released, Billy says he was criticized for the controversial lyrics. "It came out as a single, and it got banned by a couple of Catholic universities, and then some archdiocese said that people shouldn't hear it and buy it," Billy says.

Fortunately for Billy, just the opposite happened. "Only the Good Die Young" became a top 40 hit! "I wrote them a letter and said, 'Can you please ban my next record?'" Billy jokes. Although he says the song might appear sacrilegious, Billy says that was not his intention. "It wasn't anti-anything," he says. "It was pro-lust, that was the point of the song."
Billy Joel says his songs are like children to him.

With so many songs in his library to choose from, Billy says he can't pick a favorite because it changes from day to day. "They're kind of like kids," he says. "You carry them around with you for awhile, and then you're fraught with composition, and then you give birth, which is kind of the painful process of songwriting for me."

Although Billy is an undeniable rock 'n' roll legend, he says he's never been a glamour boy. "I don't think I'm like a typical rock 'n' roll star," he says. "I think I'm like the least glamorous of the rock 'n' roll types."
Alexa Ray Joel and Christie Brinkley

Billy was once married to supermodel Christie Brinkley, and they have a daughter together, 22-year-old Alexa Ray. Billy says he and Christie have maintained a good relationship. "We made a point of getting along for her sake," he says. "It's real important."

Although Alexa Ray is following in her father's footsteps as a musician, Billy says she's making it on her own. "I don't push," he says. "I'm not a stage dad." If she calls, Billy says he'll give her advice—but only when she asks for it. "If she has a question about a chord change or a recording process or what's the next step in the music industry, I'll tell her my experience."
Katie Joel talks about meeting Billy Joel for the first time.

In 2004, Billy's life changed forever when he married television personality and cookbook writer Katie Lee. Katie says that when she first met Billy, it wasn't the starstruck experience you'd expect. "I really thought that Billy Joel had two hits," she says. "I thought it was 'Uptown Girl' and 'Piano Man,' and that was basically it."

Katie says she met Billy while visiting New York City for a weekend. She and a friend went to the rooftop bar at The Peninsula hotel on an unseasonably warm November day. "I am coming out of the bathroom, and who do I almost bump into but him," she says. Katie says her friend asked Billy to join them for a drink, and from there they went out to dinner. "We had this great dinner, and we had pasta and white truffles, and he was really trying to impress me," she says. "I'd say it was love at first bite because we had such a good meal and we both love food, so that was what we bonded over."

Afterward, Katie says they went to see Billy's Broadway show, Movin' Out. "We go over, and he sings the last two songs of the show—jumps on stage, really laying it on thick." Unfortunately, Billy's attempts to impress Katie fell a little short. "I thought that he went over there every night and sang the last two songs of the show," she says. "I didn't know that it was for me!"
Billy and Katie Joel

Although there is a 32-year age gap between Katie and Billy, they hardly notice. "He has this job that's allowed him to be really immature for a long time—rock star," Katie says. "And I happen to be more mature for my age, so we meet somewhere in the middle."

The age difference doesn't matter to Billy, either. "I've said this before—I would have married her if she was 30 years older than me," Billy says. "When it works and it clicks, you don't fight it. You go with it."

Katie says she also has a great relationship with Billy's daughter, Alexa Ray. "She was my maid of honor at my wedding, actually," she says. "And I'm always impressed by her. She has so much talent and grace, and she's just really special."
Katie Joel gives a tour of her New York City home.

Katie and Billy's home in New York City's West Village neighborhood has a special Oprah Show connection. It was decorated by Nate Berkus!

"I saw him doing Jerry O'Connell's bachelor pad, and I thought, 'Wow, that guy's really good.' So I got online and Googled him and found his website and called him up and said, 'Do you do regular people's houses? Can we meet?'" she says. "I fell in love with him. I mean, Nate is just like what you see on the show."

Watch Katie gives a tour of the Joels' Nate-decorated home.

When Nate was remodeling the home, one of his changes was removing a mantle over a fireplace. While Billy admits the mantle was "over-the-top," he says he loved it. "Nate said, 'Oh, that's got to go,'" Billy says. "And I never let him forget it."

To get him back, Billy's been sending Nate the tackiest, kitschiest gifts he can find. "And I give him little notes. 'Here, see, I've got good taste, too, huh?'"
Katie Joel cooks her husband's favorite, meat loaf.

It's no mistake that Katie and Billy bonded over a good meal. She says food has been an integral part of her life since her childhood in small-town West Virginia. "We always were in the kitchen," she says. "I pretty much grew up with my grandma. She would pull a stool over to the kitchen, and I would climb up at the kitchen counter, and I'd help her make biscuits. My fondest memories are around that dining room table."

Now Katie puts that experience to use with her cookbook, The Comfort Table, and in her own kitchen. "I always say [Billy's] my guinea pig when I'm writing recipes," she says. "He tries everything, and he's always very honest."

Get Katie's recipe for Billy's favorite meat loaf.