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Happy Birthday to Ex-Journey Vocalist Steve Perry, Who Turns 69 Years “Young” Today!!!

 

Happy Birthday to Ex-Journey Vocalist Steve Perry!

American singer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of the rock band Journey during their most commercially successful periods from 1977 to 1987 and again from 1995 to 1998. Perry had a successful solo career between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s.

Perry’s singing voice has garnered acclaim from prominent musical peers and publications; he has been called “The Voice”, a moniker originally coined by friend and former chart peer Jon Bon Jovi.  He was ranked no. 76 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey on April 7, 2017.

Original Journey organizer/manager Walter “Herbie” Herbert had been given a demo of an Alien Project song, “If You Need Me, Call Me”, and was told by producer Scott Mathews that the young singer would be a great replacement for then current frontman Robert Fleischman. Fleischman had never signed with Herbert’s company, preferring his previous manager and he had not fully coalesced with the band’s then progressive rock style. Steve was brought on tour and to avoid alarming Fleischman, Perry was clandestinely included as roadie “John Villanueva’s Portuguese cousin” and on the tour during a sound check in Long Beach surreptitiously performed a song with Journey while Fleischman was away from the stage, and after that Herbert informed the band members of the lineup change.

Perry brought a radically new, more pop-influenced style sense to the band’s music, despite some grumblings from his new bandmates and fans of Journey’s former progressive rock sound. He made his public debut on October 28, 1977 in San Francisco to a mixed reception. Perry eventually won over new fans on his first album with the group, Infinity, which included a song he wrote called “Lights.” The band’s style had changed dramatically, but as Journey began to garner radio airplay and media buzz over Infinity, Perry’s arrival was fully accepted.

Steve Perry provided lead vocals on nine of Journey’s albums: Infinity (1978), Evolution (1979), Departure (1980), Dream, After Dream (1980, a Japanese movie soundtrack), Captured (1980, a live album), Escape (1981, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard chart), Frontiers (1983), Raised on Radio (1986), and Trial By Fire (1996). The single “Open Arms” from Escape was their biggest hit single, charting at No. 2 for six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Perry had become the unmistakable voice of Journey.