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Billy Squier


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Billy Squier (born May 12, 1950, in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts) is a musician. He had a string of and type hits in the . He’s probably best known for the song “The Stroke”, on his 1981 album ‘Don’t Say No’. Said album has been RIAA certified as triple-platinum. Other hits include “Lonely Is The Night”, “Everybody Wants You”, “In The Dark”, “My Kinda Lover”, and “Rock Me Tonite”. Squier left the music industry in the mid-, due in part to issues with his label as well as changing musical trends.

He has been active in the and since, touring both as a single artist and as a member of the rotating Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band’. Before fronting the band titled in his name, Squire was the frontman of the group Piper. Said band had some underground fame in the before Squire left for bigger things.

Squier started off his solo career with May 1980’s ‘The Tale Of The Tape’. Although a commercial breakthrough eluded him, the release spent three months on Billboard’s album chart and gained a large fan response. Working with songwriter impresario Desmond Child and Kiss co-guitarist Bruce Kulick, his album also brought him praising critical reviews, noting his talent for meeting catchy hooks with aggressive guitars and vocals.

His 1981 follow-up, ‘Don’t Say No’, shot his career into the stratosphere. It hit the Top Five on the Billboard album chart and remained on the chart for over two years (a total of 111 weeks). Getting RIAA certified as triple-platinum, singles such as “Lonely Is The Night” and “The Stroke” became staples of radio.


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