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Steve Perry

If only one singer could be selected as the most identifiable with '80s arena rock, it would have to be Journey's Steve Perry. Born Stephen Ray Perry in Hanford, CA, on January 22, 1949 (to Portuguese parents), Perry was raised in another California town, Lemoore, during which time he worked at his stepfather's turkey ranch. But by the age of 18, Perry wanted to try and fulfill his rock & roll dreams, so he relocated to Los Angeles. The singer paid the bills by lending his vocals to radio and TV advertisements, as well as working as an engineer at Crystal Studios. In addition to singing, Perry was also a drummer and involved in several different bands during the '60s/'70s, including such obscure local acts as the Nocturns, Dollar Bills, Sullies, Ice, Pieces, and Alien Project, the latter of which was on the verge of signing a recording contract when the group's bassist died in a car accident, promptly leading to the group's breakup.

Dejected, Perry gave up on music completely and returned back to Lemoore to work once more at his stepfather's turkey ranch. But at his mother's insistence, Perry decided to give music another try. Just as he came to the realization, the manager of the prog rock/fusion act Journey, Herbie Herbert, contacted Perry to see if he'd like to try out for the lead singer spot in the group. Perry was eventually welcomed into the band and Journey's sound shifted away from their early indulgent style and toward a more focused mainstream rock sound. The move paid off; over the course of several albums in the late '70s (1978's Infinity, 1979's Evolution, and 1980's Departure), the Perry led version of Journey became one of the top U.S. arena rock bands. Founding keyboardist Gregg Rolie was replaced by former Babys member Jonathan Cain shortly thereafter, which would result in Perry finding a perfect songwriting partner. Just when it appeared as though Journey couldn't get any more popular, Journey scored two of the early '80s biggest rock records back to back -- 1981's Escape and 1983's Frontiers -- which confirmed what fans had known for several years: that the group members were the undisputed kings of arena rock (as the two albums spawned such massive hit singles as "Don't Stop Believin'," "Who's Crying Now," "Open Arms," "Separate Ways," and "Faithfully").

While Journey was on a brief break from touring and recording around this time, Perry issued his very first solo album in 1984, Street Talk, which unsurprisingly sounded almost identical to Journey and spawned a sizeable hit single with "Oh Sherrie" (as well as another minor hit, "Foolish Heart"). Journey regrouped in 1986 for Raised on Radio and although the album was another sizeable hit, it was noticeably not up to snuff when compared to their previous stellar releases. Sensing this themselves, Journey quietly broke up shortly thereafter. Little was heard from Perry subsequently, as a sophomore solo effort slated for release in 1988, Against the Wall, was ultimately shelved. Journey remained out of commission for several years while a pair of compilations, 1988's Greatest Hits and 1992's boxset Time 3, proved to be steady sellers. Perry finally got around to issuing a second solo album, For the Love of Strange Medicine, exactly ten years after his solo debut.

1996 saw Journey regroup for a new studio recording, Trial by Fire, and a proposed tour. But shortly before the tour was to get underway, Perry discovered that he had a degenerative hip condition, which effectively squashed all plans for a reunion tour (Perry's unwillingness to get corrective surgery right away ultimately led to his ousting from the group, as Journey would soldier on with Perry clone Steve Augeri behind the mic). Perry contributed a pair of tracks to the soundtrack for the 1998 Disney animated film Quest for Camelot before a Perry compilation, Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased, was issued later the same year. Perry was interviewed in the early 21st century for an episode of VH1's Behind the Music that focused on Journey, during which the singer told his side of the story of his ousting from the group and the happenings behind the scenes. In addition to his work with Journey and as a solo artist, Perry has lent his vocal talents to recordings by such other artists as Sammy Hagar, Jan Hammer, and Kenny Loggins. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Love this song....
gloriajeantx
A voice that's eternal!
Saw Perry at the Alligator Club and at a concert in Fresno in the 80s and in concert. Huge talent that is missed big time.
Journey will NEVER be the same nor EVER SOUND like they use to without Steve Perry!! What an AWESOME voice!!!
ced2_g
Great voice
best voice ever great memories!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Best voice ever!.when Steve left journey there was no more journey.u rock Steve love yahoo!
Steve Perry is the best vocal singer ever. His voice is very unique beautiful. Tina
I saw E'm in Fresno back in 83, there were all kinds of hot chicks! Oh oh, got to go.......Hi honey, how was your day? You're home early!
Kiss your hand
Say your crush name
Close your hand
Say a school day
Say your name
Open your hand

Post this in 15 other songs&,your crush will ask you out
There's only one Steve perry. Give up journey.
Stever Perry is irreplaceabl e . He has a distinguishi n g voice that no one can mimick. I loved all of his music. His anthems and ballads are genuinely felt by many and each one had a place in my growing up. I spent many times in Hanford as I was from Fresno.....o n c e a great peaceful area with many farms in between! A true legend!
Steel grey eyes can shine the light until they look like gold . Blessed lyrics by Steve perry we were blessed with thank you Steve perry for making even black guys want to sing like you
City side walk one of the most blessed lyrics of our time Robert shadow
He is one of the greats. He sings with such feeling. Ex. Open Arms!!
What kills me is these guys could totally regroup with Perry and take up where they left off but Schon was content to carry on with a karaoke contest winner
kdeshane9
highway run connects the hearts to souls. If you feel this with the one you love it will last forever.
cantyclan1
That man has a wonderful voice
I just love that man!! His music and voice are a major turn on!!! Come back to us Steve!!!'
blazebuy
Love to see him back at some point. Couldn't have said it better...the VOICE!
shercutter
Steve perry your the best love ya man
The VOICE. What else needs to be said?
This song has Meaning to Me, My cousin who is Married,and have been for numerous years My cousin was at the time this song came out getting trying on wedding dress and is always been so sweet and still is. My cousin and stood up in her wedding l. It was so beautiful she is and always has been so caring and nice, hopefully My cousins and My best friend and he and I and My kids and parents and ant and uncle can see and spend time with her and her son and husband real soon
My favorite singer of all time and until the end of time. His voice resonates with such passion and power and just makes you feel good!
susan.giddin g s
What a voice...coul d listen to him all day....magic
Love Steve Perry And All His Music ortiz~TORRES
many moons ago I cut meat while listening to this song
I am an old lady, just had my 75th birthday. Fell in love with Steve Perry and Journey when my kids played their music. If I could ever go to a concert I would want it to be Journey, but with Steve Perry.
Steve perry love the music
"Journey" can keep touring or playing all they want, but if Steve Perry isn't standing at the microphone, they're just a band who is singing his songs. Just not the same!
Several years ago, I went to a Journeyconce r t . I was so excited. Not realizing Steve Perry was not with the group, sat through 3 agonizing songs and left. Not the sound I was so eager to hear. I have never walked out of a concert before. Such a disappointme n t . I miss that great voice of his.
auburnuniver s i t y b i g g e s t f a n
One of the best of all time. WarEagle
Your the best solo Artist I have ever heard in my life time and I have most of your albums Gary from Payson Arizona. GOD Bless Steve Perry and Journey
kat439
Steve, please come back. We love you ��
he is soooo amazing. wish he'd come back
pepeferna
Clearly one of the greates voices in rock 'n roll history!! Oh, how I wish time did not pass so quickly!!!!
beautiful song
I really miss you Steve.
Love your voice, your appearance, love you. I pray you have happiness. God bless you.
Steve, made the 80's awesome for me!!!
He has an amaaazing voice!!!!
mcsabina
Oh I love Steve Perry voice. He has such an amazing voice.
I love you Steve!!!
I have loved Steve Perrys' voive since I was alittle girl!!!!! He has the best voice of any other singer on the earth!
kat439
Asdfghjkl steeveeee you're amazing and beautiful i love you so much
rainstar1589
Quest For Camelot was a Warner Bros. movie, not Disney.
I love Steve Perry awesome voice.
Enjoyed and continue to enjoy Mr. Perry. Yes, I would have loved to have seen him stay with Journey. But even more so, I would love him to be born again and sing for Jesus.
specialist1
Journey is NOT the same without Steve as the lead singer. I don't care who they get.
No one quite like Steve Perry.....wh a t an awesome, awesome voice!
KMDjjsbehsjj j J h H h c s h s ! ! ! ! ! THlS SONG IS AWESOME!!!!! ! Oh sherry!!!
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