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Billy Squier‘s 1981 second solo album “Don’t Say No” sold over three million copies because of songs “In the Dark”, “My Kinda Lover”, “Lonely Is the Night” and the big hit “The Stroke”. Billy Squier grew up in the Boston suburbs as an only child (“Life isn’t easy from the singular side” he sings in the opening to “In the Dark”), the son of an executive of the Converse Shoe Company. So in the Squier household growing up, it’s safe to assume that Buddy Holly shared star billing with Bob Cousey, Bill Russell and John Havilcek of the Boston Celtics.
Billy Squier was introduced to John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers at age 14, which introduced Billy to guitarist Eric Clapton, changing everything for the young adolescent American. Squier’s desire got him first to Boston University. Then his talent got him into the prestigious Berklee College of Music, but the first half of the Seventies were spent pretty much shuffling in and out of bands in Boston and New York City.
Then Billy Squier got his first taste of the record business, recording two albums on a major label fronting the band Piper in 1976 and 1977 before splitting up. Undeterred, Squier landed a lucrative solo deal and debuted with 1980’s The Tale of the Tape, containing “The Big Beat” which I played to great response on ROCK 103/ Memphis. So it was with eager anticipation that Don’t Say No was received in April 1981.

Intervention Records is thrilled to present Billy Squier’s 1981 rock anthem, “Don’t Say No” in a brilliantly remastered Artist-Approved Edition. The classic rock staple catapulted Squier’s career to new heights. His live shows became arena rock sensations and four tracks from this album became classic rock radio staples in heavy rotation today: “In the Dark,” “The Stroke,” “My Kind of Lover” and “Lonely is the Night.” The original LP art has been restored by IR’s Tom Vadakan to a beautiful single-pocket gatefold and the Old-Style, “Tip-On” LP jacket is film-laminated and printed by Stoughton.

Don’t Say No is the second album by Billy Squier, Released on April 13th, 1981. It stands as Squier’s biggest career album, including the hits “In the Dark”, “Lonely Is the Night”, “My Kinda Lover” and “The Stroke”. The album hit the Top Five on the Billboard album chart and remained on the chart for over two years (111 weeks)

“The Stroke” was the first single, reaching number 17 and an even bigger hit at rock radio, hitting number 3 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The song even dented the British Pop charts, rising to number 52. The video for “The Stroke” — as most of the music videos from both Don’t Say No and its follow-up, Emotions In Motion is a straight-ahead performance piece, featuring Squier on an arena stage. Billy’s many videos were staples on the then brand-new channel MTV Channel which brought him increased popularity.

The album is a near-perfect example of early-’80s melodic hard rock, and even less enduring (but hardly inferior rockers) such as “You Know What I Like” and “Lonely Is the Night” keep up the intensity. And Squier also finds time for the occasional ballad, like the disarmingly gentle “Nobody Knows.” Completists may want to review his mid-’90s double-disc anthology, but as far as studio albums are concerned, Don’t Say No is undoubtedly his best and a pure classic.

“In The Dark” followed “The Stroke” into the Top 10 of the Album Rock Tracks chart. “Lonely Is The Night” and many other tracks from the album were hugely popular on AOR (Album Oriented Rock) radio stations.

Don’t Say No belatedly received a Triple Platinum award in 1992, certifying sales of over 3 million US copies. In early 2018, Intervention Records reissued Don’t Say No on 180-gram vinyl .The reissue is Artist-Approved and according to Squier “arguably the best-sounding version ever.