Mario Solis‘s Today’s Memory
Billy Squier’s birthday
Originally shared by Mario Solis
William Haislip „Billy” Squier (born May 12, 1950) is an American rock musician. Squier had a string of arena rock hits in the 1980s. He is best known for the song „The Stroke”, from his 1981 Triple Platinum breakout album release Don’t Say No.
Other hits include „In the Dark”, „Rock Me Tonite”, „Lonely Is the Night”, „Everybody Wants You” and „Emotions in Motion”.
Billy Squier’s third album for Capitol, Emotions in Motion, was released in 1982 and became nearly as successful as Don’t Say No. The album also climbed into Billboard’s Top Five and sold just under 3 million copies in the United States. The cover art was by Andy Warhol. The title track of the album, on which Squier shared vocals with Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, was a popular MTV video, but the album’s biggest hit was „Everybody Wants You”, which held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks for 6 weeks and reached No. 32 on the Hot 100. Squier was the opening act for the North American leg of Queen’s 1982 Hot Space Tour. That same year he recorded a song, „Fast Times (The Best Years of Our Lives)” for the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In the early 1980s Squier did several headlining arena tours—most notably with Foreigner and The Who with a backup band that included Jeff Golub on guitar, Bobby Chouinard on drums, Alan St. Jon on keyboards and Doug Lubahn on bass. Squier brought Def Leppard to USA and broke them on the Emotions tour, in conjunction with the release of their Pyromania LP.