Billy Squier









Billy Squier

Billy Squier

was born on May 12, 1950, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Billy is a rock and roll music artist and has had rock and ballad hits in the 1980's. Some of Billyís most popular hits were, Lonely is the Night, The Strokes, In the Dark, My Kinda Lover, Rock Me Tonite, and Donít Say No.

Billy originally joined The Sidewinders, which was a band who performed in the 1070's. The other members of this group were, Mike Reed, Alex Phillips, Henry Stern, Dead and Bloated, and Bryan Chase. Billy left the group and formed his own group called Piper. They released 2 albums in the 1070's. Their debut album, Piper, was considered by Circus Magazine as being the greatest debut album ever produced by an American pop singer. Piper opened for Kiss on some of their performances during their 1977 tour.

Billy signed with Capitol records in 1980 and released his album, Tale of the Tape. It was a minor hit and it consisted of a combination of pop and rock music. His album, Donít Say No was produced by Reinhold Mack and was a huge hit. The single from it, The Stroke, was a big hit all around the world. It reached the Top 20 in the U. S.. Other successful singles were In the Dark and My Kinda Lover. Donít Say No reached the Top 5 and lasted for over 2 years on the Billboard Album chart. The album sold over 4 million copies in the United States. Billy released his third album, Emotions In Motion, in 1082 and it was almost as successful as his previous, Donít Say No, album. It reached the Top 5 Billboard Album chart and sold about 3 million copies in the U. S. The title track was the leading single on the album but, Everybody Wants You, was the biggest hit and reached number one on the Billboards Album Rock Tracks chart in 1984. Billyís career took a dip after that and his next two albums sold only around 300,000 copies each. Billy began playing in music theatres.

Billy did some collaborations with Freddie Mercury on Billyís 1986 album, Enough Is Enough. Mercury also sang back up vocals on Billyís hit single, Emotions In Motion. Billy did his first headlining arena in 1983 with a tour in the U. S.. Def Leppard performed the opening act on this tour and Def upstaged Billy. This tour also showed that Billyís career was rapidly coming to an end. In spite of his decline in success, Billy continued to record music into the 1980's and 1990's. Billy toured with Ringo Starr and his All Star Band in 2006, along with other artists. Billy now lives in New Yorkís Upper West Side.