In 1970, three years before his first hit Piano Man, Billy Joel wrote a note and tried to kill himself by drinking a bottle of household cleaner (source).  He recovered, and went on to have 33 Top-40 hits over the next three decades.

Take a minute to consider all the songs we would never have heard if he had succeeded.

Now take a moment to consider all the songs we haven’t heard, because of the people who did.


  1. Yes…life is so, so hard at times.


    • It’s a pity an angel didn’t whisper in his ear, “In fifteen years you’re going to marry Christie Brinkley.” I have to think that would have helped. 😉


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