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Billy Joel's mother dies at 92

Billy Joel's mother dies in New York at 92, was inspiration for 'Rosalinda's Eyes'
Posted on July 15, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 15, 2014 at 9:02 a.m.

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The mother of singer-songwriter Billy Joel, who inspired him to write “Rosalinda’s Eyes,” has died in New York at the age of 92.

Rosalind Nyman Joel died Sunday on Long Island, said Claire Mercuri, a spokeswoman for the award-winning singer.

“Rosalinda’s Eyes” from Joel’s 1978 album “52nd Street” was a tribute to his mother, who raised him alone after divorcing his father, Howard Joel, in 1957.

The lyrics include the words: “I’ve got music in my hands; The work is hard to find; But that don’t get me down; Rosalinda understands.”

Rosalind Joel worked in a clerical capacity for various businesses near her home in Hicksville, Long Island, and supported a number of charities.

Born in Brooklyn to English emigrants, she met her husband in 1942 at a City College musical production and married him three years later. Their son, Billy, was born in 1949. The couple later adopted Judy, the daughter of Rosalind’s late sister Muriel.

Billy Joel endowed the Rosalind Joel Scholarship for the Performing Arts at City College in 1986.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to The Little Shelter animal rescue and adoption center in Huntington, Long Island.

www.billyjoel.com

www.littleshelter.com


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