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Survivor's brand of melodic, hard, album-oriented rock netted the group several hits during the 1980s, 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) with 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 Droubay, respectively. The group's big break came in 1982 when Sylvester Stallone commissioned the band 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 kick-start, 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 Droubay returned to the studio as Survivor in 1997, and Jamison returned to the lineup as well in 2000. Aside from touring, Survivor released the studio album Reach in 2006, but Jamison left the band soon after. He was replaced by Robin McAuley, who spent several years with the band. By 2011, however, Jamison was a member of the band again -- alongside Sullivan, Droubay, Billy Ozzello, and Walter Tolentino -- and two years after that, Bickler was back in the fold as well. Although the band visited the studio and recorded several times during the 2010s, nothing appeared before the sudden death of Jamison from a heart attack in August 2014. ~ Steve Huey
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Albums by
Survivor

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    Survivor

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    Too Hot to Sleep

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    When Seconds Count

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    The Essential Survivor

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    Caught in the Game

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    Premonition

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    Eye of the Tiger

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    Vital Signs

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    Eye of the Tiger

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    The Best of Survivor

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    Ultimate Survivor

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    Survivor

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    Reach

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    Empires

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    Empires

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    Premonition

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    Jim Jamison/Survivor Collection, Vol. 2

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    Jim Jamison/Survivor Collection


Top Songs by
Survivor

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  2.   Eye of the Tiger
  3.   Burning Heart
  4.   I Can't Hold Back
  5.   The Search Is Over
  6.   High on You
  7.   Is This Love
  8.   Eye of the Tiger - 2006 Master
  9.   Rockin' into the Night
  10.   Man Against the World
  11.   Rebel Son
  12.   American Heartbeat
  13.   Here Comes Desire
  14.   Santa Ana Winds
  15.   How Much Love
  16.   The Search Is Lover
  17.   Summer Nights
  18.   Everlasting
  19.   Broken Promises
  20.   Didn't Know It Was Love
  21.   American Heartland
  22.   It's the Singer Not the Song
  23.   The Moment of Truth
  24.   In Good Faith
  25.   Across the Miles
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