Billy Joel honored by Steinway

Billy Joel poses next to his portrait at

Billy Joel poses next to his portrait at the unveiling of his Steinway Hall portrait at the flagship store of Steinway & Sons, in New York, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Joel is one of only two living artists included in a collection featuring greats such as Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. He's the only non-classical performer to be honored. Photo Credit: AP

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Billy Joel became the first nonclassical musician to be inducted into Steinway Hall Monday, as a painting of the Piano Man was unveiled at the midtown Manhattan showroom.

Joel's portrait -- painted by artist Paul Wyse, whose work is part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian -- shows him in his Centre Island home next to his piano, wearing one of his favorite leather jackets.

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"Recently I was going to wear that jacket out to dinner with my girlfriend and she said, 'Are you going to wear that Members Only jacket? . . . They went out in the '80s,' " Joel said, telling Wyse, "So I'm glad you have my arms folded over the Members Only logo."

The permanent placement of Joel's portrait in the piano maker Steinway & Sons gallery, which includes Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Arthur Rubinstein has not yet been finalized.

Monday, it hung next to a portrait of classical virtuoso pianist Vladimir Horowitz, one of Joel's idols, which thrilled him.

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"I saw Vladimir Horowitz walking across the street once," said Joel. "I had long hair and a black leather jacket, and I said, 'Maestro!' and he thought I was gonna mug him. He kinda ran away, so this is the closest I've been to him since then."

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