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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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romancegirl1 9 6 3
Steve, your voice has always melted my heart. You are wonderful.
cynfreely
what a great voice. love steve perry.
Steve Perry's voice just SOARS! In my humble opinion, that voice made Journey. The new guy is good in his own right, but he will NEVER be Steve Perry! I've had serious crush on Steve since I first heard Journey. Steve, you are the only guy I would seriously consider ditching my beloved hubby for!!! Luv, luv, luv ya man! Big smooch! ;)
Left solo and this song is good
Oh Sherrie Steve Perry Daniel 33
Hold on!!!
Loved him as the lead singer for Journey, love him more as a solo artist. Thanks for the great music & memories!!!
Steve is the guy ! I his music.
Kelli
Ahh...If only he knew...Steve , I must say that I feel a bit shameful, but I must...admit . . . t o a slight crush...but I'm not just any crazy fangirl. Crush aside, I've got your back and I platonically love you man!
Awesome singer... love his music
Awesome singer, talented writer. We miss your voice Steve Perry!
Nice song
I'm luv this song.
Come back and sing again for us all ;)
sheza_brat
Love his voice, Steve you can sing to me any time......
natalie.laro c h e l l e
Steve, saw you at the Giants game and it made my year! YOU, my friend, are simply awesome. Thank you for the great music - music I've literally fallen in love to! How incredible is that?
lastsamurai5 7
One classic voice of all time! Unique and missed!
Steven from a fan from long ago brother , you and your voice is so very dearly missed so much , I wish The Lord above would change the way things had happened to ya to make all well for you , you will always be missed
He was at the Giants game the other day. They played Lights and he lip synched. It was cute.
Be good to yourself when nobody else will, yes. That's right, I'm talkin' to you, Stephen boy! If you are reading this, remember to. I know what you've been through.
mgottlieb5
I too have picked up on the similar style between Perry and Sam Cook. I wonder if Cook was an influence/in s p i r a t i o n for Perry. Never seen/heard the question come up an interview. Would love to find out.
I was the original violinist with the Dregs. I have noticed the remarkable similarity between Steve perry's style as well as quality and Sam Cook. Has anyone else considered this before ? ALS M D
I will love his voice forever. It's too bad it didn't work out with Sherrie.
731103081
No one can define <3<3<3
Hey if u love Steve perry follow me! I'll follow u right back .
The best of ALL time.
I wish I could have Steve Perry's voice. I consider him to be the best of all.
I love Steve Perry! Vocally, no one will ever be able to replace him. Such a great talent and kind, good man.
731103081
Unique angel voice. Forever<3<3< 3
lynn.hobbs
Sang many Journey songs with my bands through the years... Thanks for some great music!
liz.ludwig7
fav voice of the 90s
love him love him love him squeeze him nah nah na nah nana
He has the best pipes of any singer past, present or future....
Love ya Steve & YES, you are missed!!
The Voice. They named an NBC show after this guy.
One of favorite songs period
One of my most favorite voices.
I really MISS Steve Perry
Miss you to
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.
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