The '70s and '80s were a prolific time for Billy Joel. He released several very successful albums and married supermodel Christie Brinkley. But in 1987, Billy made headlines during his tour of the U.S.S.R. Not for his music, but for an angry outburst he had while performing, culminating in him smashing an electric piano and microphone stand.
We may always think of him as the piano man, but what many may not know is that the world almost never got to hear that song because the singer/songwriter attempted suicide by drinking furniture polish back in 1970. Rather than ending his life, his suicide attempt failed, and he instead sought treatment for depression. Since then, the singer has struggled with depression and alcohol abuse.