Happy Birthday to legendary New England guitarist singer/songwriter Billy Squier. He was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts on May 12, 1950.

The songs from Don’t Say No and Emotions in Motion were no doubt the soundtrack to growing up in the 1980s, here in Maine and beyond.

We’ll celebrate Billy’s 71st today starting with a great story from Maine’s King of Comedy, Bob Marley. The Squier show at the Civic Center in 1983 was his first concert experience and he has some wicked funny memories of it to share.

Here's what Billy Squier rocked Portland with 37 years ago at the CCCC.



"Stroke Me! Stroke Me!...I don't think so, Billy Squier." - Bob Marley

We also found a really cool laid-back bluesy version of The Stroke captured live a few years back. Billy is joined by his guitar buddy, GE Smith on the slide.

GE is best known of his time with Hall & Oates and the a former member of the Saturday Night Live band.

This different stripped-down approach to Billy's signature song, sounds amazing.

Want more like this? Check out the duo playing In The Dark.

Alright, we gotta do one more. This is Billy Squier performing Lonely Is the Night with Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band right around 2008.

His voice has maintained all its power with age. This is just awesome, right here.

We know we already said "one more". But since you're all the way down here, you might as well watch this entire Billy Squier concert from 1981.

He is one of the greatest artists to rock the airwaves of WBLM way back when and still today. On this, his 71st birthday, we salute you Billy.

Thanks for the music, Mistah Squiah.

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