Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl" Not About Christie Brinkley

By Michael Preston
|  Friday, Nov 5, 2010  |  Updated 4:00 AM EDT
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Singer Billy Joel attends the 41st annual Songwriters Hall of Fame at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 17, 2010 in New York City.

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A new book is about to solve a long standing pop-culture mystery: just who is the woman referenced in the title of Billy Joel's hit song, "Uptown Girl?"

In "The Girl in the Song" by Michael Heatley and Frank Hopkinson, they reveal that the song was not an ode to Christie Brinkley, who appears in the song's video and was later Joel's wife, but rather supermodel Elle MacPherson, reports the New York Daily News.

The backstory is that Joel was on vacation in the Caribbean when he saw three models that happened to be staying in the same hotel: Brinkley, McPherson and a not-yet-famous Whitney Houston. Joel eventually dated MacPherson and originally planned to name the song "Uptown Girls" in honor of the beautfiul trio.

However, once Joel started dating Brinkley, he made the title singular in honor of his future wife.

The book also reveals the inspiration behind other famous songs. Joan Baez was the spark for Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" and Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" had its grounding in a tryst between the Canadian crooner and 60's wild child Janis Joplin that occured at the famous hotel.

Selected ReadingNew York Daily News, Newser, Yahoo

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