Billy Joel weds girlfriend during Fourth of July party

Billy Joel weds girlfriend during Fourth of July party

NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual Fourth of July party.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presided over Saturday's nuptials at Joel's Long Island estate, the singer's spokeswoman Claire Mercuri said. The small group of family & friends at the party didn't know the couple planned to exchange vows. Among those in attendance were Alexa Ray Joel, his daughter with his second wife, model Christie Brinkley, & actor Kevin James.

People magazine first reported the wedding.

p>Joel, 66, & Roderick, 34, have been dating since 2009 & are expecting their first child. This is his fourth marriage.

Joel is currently on tour. On Wednesday, he set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show, besting Elton John.

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The story has been corrected fix the spelling of Roderick, not Rodrick, in fourth paragraph.

Source: “Associated Press”