[Emotions in Motion] -- Forty years ago this month, Billy Squier released his third solo studio album, Emotions in Motion (July 23, 1982). It is probably fair to say that Squier was at the peak of his hit-making powers. Emotions in Motion built on the success of his second LP, Don't Say No (1981), which spawned three hit singles, two of which reached the top 40. This 1982 album released five singles, two of which had more than moderate chart success. The title track, which was released with the album launch, peaked at #13 on the Canada RPM Top Singles, #68 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #20 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs, and #61 on the US Cash Box Top 100. Meanwhile, the second single, "Everybody Wants You," peaked at #1 US Billboard Top Rock Tracks as well as #32 and #26 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian RPM Top Singles respectively.
The success of those singles was enough to propel Emotions in Motion into the top five of Billboard's albums chart, making it Squier's second consecutive record to do so. One of my favorite tracks, "Learn How to Live," got considerable radio play even though it was never released as a single ... at least not in the U.S. I would say that Jeff Golub (April 15, 1955 – January 1, 2015), a jazz guitarist who worked with many rock musicians, was instrumental (heh) in Squier's rock radio success. Golub recorded six records with Billy Squier. Also of note: Queen's Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor sang backing vocals on "Emotions in Motion."
Flashback: Emotions In Motion (July 1982)
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