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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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cljohnson756
I love you Steve even after all these years you still remain my man crush :)
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I luv Journey..the i r songs are STILL meaningful after all these years! Luv Steve Perry's voice
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jt4482
I guess I will die in two days! Because I have heard these things for YEARS and it never happens.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.. However if you don't read this you will die in 2 days.. Now that you started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on 5 songs songs in the next 143 Minutes. When your done press F6 and your lovers name will pop up up in big letters trust me it works.
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szanderboyx
When I first heard that he left the band I was like what ...... why he was great with the band�� :3 they were the best band in the world until they broke apart I love all of them but they were loved together I wish they were never apart
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He has the best voice of all time
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descalante03
Miss his beautiful voice!
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cindy.king72 4
Loved the music from the first note. Had no idea who was in the band. Steve Perry - zowie
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bobonnit how bout you boboffofit
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valerina728
bobonnit.... more like bobo nit wit @bobonnit
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love getting a buzz and listening to this
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steve perry is cool- drinking to his music is good
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I'm only 13 but I know that Steve Perry is amazing!!!!
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nicko252008
hey bob-on-it is that your name? or what your boyfriend does on your little pecker?
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nicko252008
Somebody sounds bitter (bobonit)
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Favorite singer
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"I luv this song, it brings back so many gud memories, yes! rock & roll rules 4ever."
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kc01000101
@bobonnit

Trollin...tr o l l i n . . . t r o l l i n . . . . k e e p those dogies trollin...
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His voice is incomparable <3
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Great Memories!!!
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marybeth.rob e r d s
by far one of the best voices ever!
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One of the most annoying singers of the 70's and 80's. I changed the station every time one of his songs came on the radio and it is now my task to give him a big thumbs down on Pandora. Quit whining Steve, and sing like ya got a pair
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I've enjoyed listening to Steve Perry from the first time I heard him. He has the most sexist voice right up there with Marvin Gaye. Every time I hear his voice I get so excited. You are the best singer ever and I fell in love with you.
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This is one of my favorite (but there are many) of Steve Perry solo. One of the all time greatest voices, ever!
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I all so was listening to you Steve and good memories for sure Thank You for doing what you do. Rock on Steve Perry !!!!
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Raised on MTV and Steve Perry! Love you Steve!
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Love U Steve :3
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The memories!��
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szanderboyx
That's true love you Steve Perry!!!! Rock��
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economystora g e f o r t p i e r c e
Without Steve Perry, Journey was nothing more than a cover band.
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Good memories o Lord!!!!
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Love it
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Steve Perry has brought so much love and peace of mind with his beautiful music .. Thank you for all the memories and music.. Love you always..
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yrhone
Love your voice!!!
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Love Steve Perry, love Journey!
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aquarius4.dc
Pandora. What happened to my app on .y phone i had. It is gone. Please give e it back to me. Thank you
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Journey was never the same without Steve Perry
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Did any one know did was about his girl friend ?
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Steve perry is number one. There will never be another nor can anyone replace him.
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connie469
Miss Steve Perry. Love your vocals. Please come back!!
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larryambriz
Steve you will always be One of the greatest .
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Great singing
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I love you Steve Perry come back to us :)
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Happy birthday from your number one fan just ask all my friends never stop singing you are one of a kind
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Happy birthday to you dad
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Steve, U R Da MAN.
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raf2117
the best, no one can replace him
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The greatest singer ever.Love you Steve !
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survivor45ae r
Amazing song. Not just his passionate singing; also the instruments behind him. Amazing, wonderful song.
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Steve was influenced by Sam Cooke. Two voices that have influenced my style as well. RIP Sam. God bless you Steve. Thanks for the great music!
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