Billy Squier

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Billy Squier picked up his first acoustic guitar at age 12 but switched to electric after The Beatles arrived in the US. ∙ Squier was discovered by Kiss manager Bill Aucoin, who helped assemble and promote his band Piper. ∙ “The Big Beat,” from Squier’s solo debut, The Tale of the Tape, contains one of the most sampled drum breaks ever, having appeared on hundreds of hip-hop tracks, including UTFO’s “Roxanne, Roxanne” and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.” ∙ Squier’s 1981 breakthrough album, Don’t Say No, has sold more than 3 million copies in the US alone. ∙ Andy Warhol designed the cover art for Squier’s 1982 album, Emotions in Motion. ∙ Members of Queen made guest appearances on Squier’s albums Emotions In Motion, Signs of Life, and Enough Is Enough. ∙ His songs have been featured in nearly 100 films and TV shows, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, St. Elmo’s Fire, and American Horror Story.

Wellesley, MA, United States
May 12, 1950
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