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Joel weds girlfriend at July 4 bash

Singer Billy Joel has married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual July 4 party.

Joel's spokeswoman Claire Mercuri said New York governor Andrew Cuomo presided over the nuptials at Joel's Long Island estate.

She said the small group of family and friends at the party did not know the couple planned to exchange vows. Guests included Alexa Ray Joel, his daughter with model Christie Brinkley, and actor Kevin James.

People magazine first reported the wedding.

Joel, 66, and Rodrick, 34, have been dating since 2009 and are expecting their first child.

The singer, currently on tour, set a record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show on Wednesday, besting Sir Elton John.

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