Billy Joel recorded his signature hit "Piano Man " on September 17, 1973 which is a fictionalized account of his career as a lounge singer in Los Angeles. It was his first hit and only reached #25 in Billboard. The 64-year old singer-songwriter is third all-time in sales among solo artist and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. It was recently announced that Billy Joel with be among the honorees at the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in December.