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Ultimate Survivor, Survivor

Survivor

July 2nd, 2004

Formed:
1978

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'80s, '90s

Essentials

'80s Pop
'80s Pop
Arena Rock
Arena Rock
'80s Rock
'80s Rock





Survivor

Biography

Survivor's brand of melodic, hard AOR netted the group several hits through the '80s, including two smash themes from Rocky films, but never quite matched the success or consistency of contemporaries like Foreigner. Survivor was founded in 1978 by guitarist/keyboardist Jim Peterik, formerly the lead singer of the Ides of March, and guitarist Frankie Sullivan; the two recruited lead singer Dave Bickler and recorded a self-titled debut album as a trio with studio musicians Dennis Johnson on bass and Gary Smith on drums. Their places were taken by permanent members Stephen Ellis and Marc Doubray, respectively. The group's big break came in 1982 when Sylvester Stallone commissioned them to write the theme to Rocky III; the result, "Eye of the Tiger," was an instant hit with its bombastic opening riff and anthemic chorus. It spent six weeks at number one on the Billboard charts and pushed the accompanying album of the same name over the one million sales mark. Bickler quit in 1983 due to medical reasons and was replaced by former Cobra singer Jimi Jamison. The shakeup gave the band a kickstart, and they had two Top Ten hits in 1985 with "High On You" and "The Search Is Over." The band's theme from Rocky IV, "Burning Heart," provided their second biggest hit in 1986, but their fortunes slid downhill from there; by the end of the year, Jamison, Peterik, and Sullivan were the only remaining members, and Survivor finally disbanded in 1989. Bickler, Sullivan, Ellis and Doubray returned to the studio as Survivor in 1997; Jamison later returned to the lineup as well.

Top Albums

Ultimate Survivor, Survivor
1. Ultimate Sur..
Vital Signs, Survivor
2. Vital Signs
Eye of the Tiger (Remastered), Survivor
3. Eye of the T..
Survivor: Greatest Hits, Survivor
4. Survivor: Gr..
The Best of Survivor, Survivor
5. The Best of ..
When Seconds Count, Survivor
6. When Seconds..
Caught In the Game, Survivor
7. Caught In th..
Premonition, Survivor
8. Premonition
Too Hot to Sleep, Survivor
9. Too Hot to S..
Survivor, Survivor
10. Survivor
Survivor, Survivor
11. Survivor

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Eye of the TigerNow That's What I Call ..4:03$1.29
2.
Eye of the TigerEye of the Tiger (Remastere..4:03$1.29
3.
Eye of the TigerRocky IV (Original Motion P..4:05$1.29
4.
Eye of the TigerRocky Balboa: The Best of R..3:53$1.29
5.
I Can't Hold BackVital Signs3:58$1.29
6.
Burning HeartRocky IV (Original Motion P..3:50$1.29
7.
Eye of the TigerSurvivor: Greatest Hits4:05$1.29
8.
Eye of the TigerUltimate Survivor4:05$1.29
9.
Burning Heart (From "Rocky IV..Rocky Balboa: The Best of R..3:52$1.29
10.
High On YouUltimate Survivor4:10$0.99
11.
Search Is OverUltimate Survivor4:14$1.29
12.
Search Is OverVital Signs4:12$1.29
13.
I Can't Hold BackUltimate Survivor4:00$1.29
14.
I Can't Hold BackSurvivor: Greatest Hits3:58$1.29
15.
High On YouVital Signs4:08$0.99
16.
Is This LoveUltimate Survivor3:44$0.99
17.
Search Is OverNow That's What I Call ..4:11$1.29
18.
Burning HeartUltimate Survivor3:50$1.29
19.
High On YouSurvivor: Greatest Hits4:07$0.99
20.
Ever Since the World BeganEye of the Tiger (Remastere..3:42$0.99
21.
Search Is OverSurvivor: Greatest Hits4:11$1.29
22.
Burning HeartSurvivor: Greatest Hits3:50$1.29
23.
Eye of the TigerBest of Survivor4:05$1.29
24.
Eye Of The TigerRocky Story3:46$1.29
25.
Nothing Can Shake Me (From Your Love..Survivor4:07$0.99

Top Music Videos

Eye of the Tiger, Survivor
1. Eye of the Tig..


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