|Birth name||Douglas Alan Stegmeyer|
December 23, 1951|
Flushing, New York U.S.
|Died||August 25, 1995
Long Island, New York, U.S.
|Associated acts||Billy Joel, Topper, Debbie Gibson, Hall & Oates|
Douglas Alan "Doug" Stegmeyer (December 23, 1951 — August 25, 1995) was an American musician who was best known as the bassist and back-up vocalist for Billy Joel.
Together they performed the songs that Javors wrote. Topper soon became noticed by Billy Joel. Soon, Joel found he needed a bassist on his Streetlife Serenade tour. Stegmeyer was the first musician that Billy took from Topper; at Stegmeyer's recommendation a year and a half later, Emerson, Javors, and DeVitto joined Joel in the studio for his Turnstiles album and for the accompanying tour. Stegmeyer became a core member of Billy Joel's band, playing bass on all of Joel's studio albums from Turnstiles through The Bridge and the live albums Songs in the Attic and КОНЦЕРТ. Throughout his tenure with Joel, Stegmeyer was dubbed "The Sergeant Of The Billy Joel Band."
Final years and death
After being released from Joel's band in 1989 (along with Javors), Stegmeyer maintained a busy schedule recording and producing. On August 25, 1995, Stegmeyer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Long Island home.
All albums listed are Billy Joel releases.
- 1976 Turnstiles
- 1977 The Stranger
- 1978 52nd Street
- 1980 Glass Houses
- 1981 Songs in the Attic
- 1982 The Nylon Curtain
- 1983 An Innocent Man
- 1985 Greatest Hits Volume I & II
- 1986 The Bridge
- 1987 КОНЦЕРТ
- https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/DougStegmeyer?fref=ts (Official Facebook Page dedicated to Doug Stegmeyer)
- Memorial page for Stegmeyer
- piano-man.de - Archiv: "...but hey, you have to start somewhere, right?" (interview with Howie Emerson) @piano-man.de Retrieved 8-22-2013.
- Long Island Music Hall of Fame
- "Ex-band Leader For Billy Joel Found Dead". Spokesman-Review. 27 August 1995. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
- Baltimore Sun Obit