SULLIVAN: Lead Guitar
JIMI JAMISON: Lead Vocals
MARC DROUBAY: Drums/Percussion
CHRIS GROVE: Keyboards/Vocals
BILLY OZZELLO: Bass Guitar/Vocals
was formed in the cold Chicago winter of 1977. The original lineup
consisted of Frankie Sullivan, Jim Peterik, Dave Bickler, Dennis
Johnson, and Gary Smith. By the end of 1978, Survivor was signed
to a record deal with Scotti Bros. Records. Under the patronage
of John Kolodner, then head of A&R for Atlantic Records, Survivor
went into the studio to cut their first album, "Survivor".
This record, released in 1980 with the single "Somewhere
in America", did moderately well and started to build a loyal
base of fans.
touring for 8 months, the band went back into the studio, this
time with the addition of Marc Droubay (drums) and Stephen Ellis
(bass). The result of those sessions, "Premonition,"
is considered by many fans to be their favorite Survivor record.
The album was released in 1981 with the singles "Poor Mans
Son" and "Summer Nights." This record improved
on the first album's success, although it was still not the big
breakout the band was looking for - that was to come with the
1982 release of "Eye of the Tiger."
The title song for this record was expressly written for the opening
scenes of Rocky 3 which brought the band national attention. "Eye
of the Tiger" spent seven weeks at the #1 spot on the U.S.
charts. The song won a Grammy, Oscar nomination , and was voted
"Best New Song" by the Peoples Choice Awards. The band
toured extensively playing in small clubs and stadiums all over
the country for the next 8 months.
found Survivor back in the studio at work on "Caught in the
Game." Release of this title track continued their successful
string of hit singles. It was at this time, however, that Dave
Bickler decided to leave the band. He was replaced by Jim Jamison
on lead vocals, leading to the release of "Vital Signs"
in 1984 - the fifth Survivor album. It achieved multi-platinum
status with the hit single "Can't Hold Back", a song
that reached the top ten pop charts and made #1 on the album rock
charts. This was followed by "High on You," another
top ten hit, and "The Search is Over" which reached
#2 on the hot 100.
next ten months found Survivor once again on tour, this time in
the U.S. and the world. Despite a hectic schedule, the band was
still able to take time out to record "Burning Heart,"
the title track for Rocky 4. The song went all the way to #2 on
the hot 100 charts, propelling the sound track album to multi-platinum
was 1987 before Survivor had time to stop and make another record.
"When Seconds Count" contained another top ten single,
"Is This Love," which stayed at the #9 spot for almost
1988 Survivor released its seventh album, "Too Hot to Sleep."
Although not the huge commercial success of some of their other
efforts, it is still considered by many critics and fans alike
to be one of Survivor's best. This album included the singles
"Across the Miles" and "Didn't Know It was Love".
1989 Survivor released its first greatest hits package. This led
to the release in 1993 of a second and more complete greatest
hits package which included some re-mixes of earlier material
and two new cuts written especially for this CD. This also included
the return of Dave Bickler on lead vocals, as by this time Jim
Jamison had left the band to pursue a solo career. Jim Jamison
was also the voice behind the "Baywatch" theme song
beginning the shows third season.
singles "You Know Who You Are" and "Hungry Years"
marked a return to the collaboration that first propelled Survivor
to national attention. Since then, Survivor has been extensively
touring and recording in the U.S. and abroad. Now the new millennium
marks the return of Jimi Jamison on lead vocals. This is the start
of another new and exciting chapter in the history of Survivor.
Survivor -Scotti Bros 1979
Premonition -Scotti Bros 1980
Eye of the Tiger -Scotti Bros 1982
Caught in the Game -Scotti Bros 1983
Vital Signs -Scotti Bros 1984
When Seconds Count -Scotti Bros 1987
Too Hot To Sleep -Scotti Bros 1988 Greatest Hits 1 -Scotti Bros
Greatest Hits 2 -Scotti Bros 1993