1995 – Bass player Doug Stegmeyer shot himself dead. He’d worked with many artists including Billy Joel Hall and Oates and The Carpenters.
Doug Stegmeyer met Russell Javors in high school. At age 15, Javors was performing songs with childhood friend Liberty DeVitto. From then, the boys, along with Howard Emerson, formed the band Topper.
Together they performed the songs that Russell wrote. The band Topper soon became noticed by Billy Joel, a recognizable fan. Soon, Joel found he needed a bassist on his Streetlife Serenade tour. Stegmeyer played bass and backing vocals on every one 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 Sargeant Of The Billy Joel Band.”
Stegmeyer also performed as bassist for Debbie Gibson and Hall & Oates.
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 committed suicide in his home via a gunshot to the head.
All albums listed are Billy Joel releases unless otherwise noted.
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