Billy Squier

Billy Squier is an American rock musician who only had one UK hit and he’s 70 this week.

He was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts and initially good piano lessons from his grandfather. After a couple of years he turned to guitar.

His first public performance was in a nightclub in Boston. In 1973, he formed a band called Kicks that included drummer Jerry Nolan who later joined the New York Dolls. Three year later he formed another band called Piper and supported Kiss on their early tours.

In 1980, he supported Alice Cooper which led to him getting a record contract with Capitol Records. In 1981, he recorded the album Don’t Say No which was co-produced by the German producer Reinhold Mack who, the previous year, had produced Queen’s album The Game. The single from it was The Stroke.

Let’s remember that single.

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