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Chicago, United States (1977 – present)

Survivor is an American rock band formed in 1977 by core members Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s with its album-oriented rock (AOR), which garnered many charting singles, especially in the United States. Only one hit “Eye of the Tiger” in 1982 but with the addition of frontman Jimi Jamison scored big with several #1 hit MTV videos and singles like “Burning Heart” (US #2), “The Search Is Over” (#4 US), and “High on You” (#8 US) continued to chart in the mid-1980s.

The band tweaked its musical direction in 1988 with the release of the slightly heavier Too Hot to Sleep, but due to changes in the music industry, the album barely reached the Billboard 100 in the United States. Because of this, the band split for several years each embarking on other areas of the music business. Jamison (the most popular frontman in the groups history) re-united with Sullivan in 2000 and the band released the Reach cd in 2006.

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Survivor was formed in 1977 by Jim Peterik, Frankie Sullivan, Dave Bickler, Gary Smith and Dennis Keith Johnson. Initially, the group was known as The Jim Peterik Band. But Peterik liked the idea of a band identity better, so the Survivor name was adopted by 1978. Peterik was previously the lead vocalist/guitarist for the band Ides of March.[1] After playing in small clubs for several years, Survivor released its first album, the self-titled Survivor, in 1979, but the album did not achieve the level of success that the band had hoped for, producing no Top 40 singles.


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  • JeremyAce4


    12 Jul 3:51am Reply
  • litex_fen

    AOR legends [3]

    15 May 2:45pm Reply
  • pavlontey

    Eye Of The Tiger

    12 May 1:19pm Reply
  • ylygylygynda

    Oh they have other songs too?

    6 Apr 6:10am Reply
  • klimq

    One Hit Wonder

    1 Feb 6:24pm Reply
  • Horrorite

    I Can't Hold Back <3

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    How can they be a "one hit wonder" when they had 8, count 'em, EIGHT Billboard Top 40 hits, five of which made the Top 10?

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • d_malafeeva

    Eye Of The Tiger <3 [5]

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Dikobrazka

    Burning Heart

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ilasilasilas


    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Yigus

    ♪♪ But for now I'll walk the night alone Like a man against the world A brand new day will shine Through the avalanche of time.. Now the road's grown long, but the spirit's strong And the fire within still burns Alone I take my stand I'm Only a man...against the world ♪♪

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    And "One hit wonder" suggests there is nothing more to it. Quite right btw Jamesismynamo. And there is much more to enjoy than just "the hits". Fine, fine band overall...

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Eddie_imp

    nice \m/

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • -Zelgadis-


    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Frank-Oliver

    If you like Survivor check out Jimi Jamison's "Life at Firefest" DVD from 2010. He performs with Tommy Denander on guitar and the life version of "It's the singer not the Song" from "Vital Signs" alone is worth buying the DVD (unfortunately it seems to already have become rare). Why this ?

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    "Textbook definition of One hit wonder." Actually not at all, their description clearly states that they had several top 10 hits

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
  • knoxtaurigen

    The best hard-rock band in this f*ckin whole world ! It is a shame that most people do not know most of their songs (except for their movies sountracks). Jimi Jamison and Survivor 4life !

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • cogira94

    Textbook definition of One hit wonder.

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Frakkky

    Eye Of The Tiger <3 [4]

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • My_Sharona

    AOR legends [2] <3

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
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