Piano Man Gets Star on Hollywood Boulevard

Billy Joel (search) wrote the song, "Say Goodbye to Hollywood." On Monday, he joked he'd never leave.

"It looks like I'm always going be here," Joel said after his sidewalk star was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (search) "I have to tell you that I had not considered this when I wrote 'Say Goodbye to Hollywood.'"

Joel's plaque was placed on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Pantages Theatre (search), where the Tony Award-winning musical based on his songs, "Movin' Out," is playing through Oct. 31.

Joel, 55, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (search), lived in suburban Santa Monica early in his career. The pianist, singer and composer recalled walking along Hollywood Boulevard and "looking at all these names and not having a clue that I'd be here doing this."

Joel has had more than two-dozen Top 10 hits in his career, including his signature song "Piano Man," which was released in 1973 and became a hit the next year. Joel wrote the song after performing as Bill Martin at a piano bar in Los Angeles.

He has said he hated the job, but knew he could get a song out of it.