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Billy Squier

Squier was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is a 1968 graduate of Wellesley High School. While growing up, he began playing piano and guitar, but did not become serious with music until discovering Eric Clapton and The Bluesbreakers. When Squier was nine, he took piano lessons for two years and his grandfather bribed him to continue for a third. After he stopped taking piano lessons, he became interested in guitar and bought one from a neighbor for $95. Squier never took guitar lessons. He attended Berklee College of Music in 1971.

Billy Squier's first public performances were at a Boston nightclub in Kenmore Square called the Psychedelic Supermarket in 1968, which is where he saw Eric Clapton and the band Cream. Squier's first original effort was with the band Magic Terry & The Universe in 1969. In the early 1970s, he formed Kicks, which included future New York Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan. He then joined The Sidewinders. Squier left the group to form the band Piper in 1976, which released two albums, Piper and Can't Wait, but left soon after. Upon reviewing the debut Piper, Circus Magazine touted it as "the greatest debut album ever produced by a US rock band." Piper was managed by the same management company as KISS, and opened for KISS during their 1977 tour, including two nights of a sold-out run at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Squier signed with Capitol Records and released his solo debut in 1980.The Tale of the Tape (which included work by Bruce Kulick of KISS) got Billy's momentum going, spending three months on Billboard '​s album chart. The song "You Should Be High Love" - for which Billy filmed an elaborate music video - got massive radio play. Years later, the song "The Big Beat" became the most-sampled song in hip-hop history.

Squier asked Brian May of Queen to produce his second album Don't Say No. May declined due to scheduling conflicts, but he recommended Reinhold Mack who had produced one of Queen's albums, The Game. Squier and Mack went on to produce Don't Say No. The album became a smash, with the lead single "The Stroke" becoming a hit all around the world, hitting the Top 20 in the US and reaching top 5 in Australia. "In The Dark" and "My Kinda Lover" were successful follow-up singles. Squier became popular on the new MTV cable channel as well as on Album Rock radio. Don't Say No reached the Top Five and lasted well over two years on Billboard's album chart, eventually selling over 4 million copies in the US alone. Squier noted in an In the Studio interview that aired the week of July 27, 1992 that "the label didn't even want 'The Stroke' on the album."


William Haislip "Billy" Squier (born on May 12, 1950 in Wellesley, Massachusetts) is an American rock musician.
He is probably best known for the song "The Stroke" on his 1981 album release Don't Say No.
Billy Squier is an active volunteer for the Central Park Conservancy, doing the hands-on "dirty work" by maintaining 20 acres of the park.
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