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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased

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Track List: For The Love Of Strange Medicine

1. You Better Wait

2. Young Hearts Forever

3. I Am

4. Stand Up (Before It's Too Late)

5. For The Love Of Strange Medicine

6. Donna Please

7. Listen To Your Heart

8. Tuesday Heartache

9. Missing You

10. Somewhere There's Hope

11. Anyway

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Track List: Street Talk

1. Oh Sherrie

2. I Believe

3. Go Away

4. Foolish Heart

5. It's Only Love

6. She's Mine

7. You Should Be Happy

8. Running Alone

9. Captured By The Moment

10. Strung Out

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Steve Perry is the BEST! Not the same without him! I wish I could have seen them in concert, too young! Please do a reunion with Journey!!!!! !
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mysteriousst r a n g e r s 8 6
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Journey will not be the same without Steve Perry made Journey big with his awesome voice Journey will live in the fans hearts forever I wish I can meet Steve Perry he can sing to me all nite long I love you Steve Perry
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garth.vanroo s e n d a a l 8
I wish that Steve Perry and Journey would do a reunion concert, or tour or album, Journey isn't Journey without Steve Perry!
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I have had the best gift any person could have. Steve you have the voice of angel
Thank you, your not to bad on the eyes.

Sincerely,
Corrine
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I new a special person when I first met you you were him and a best friend too AL rolled up in one
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raf2117
beautiful voice, He is journey, touches your soul....very few artists can do that
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When I hear Mr. Perry sing I linger in the moment....al l my scenes come alive....I find myself looking for the one that made me feel good....no one is there... memories last forever.
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Steve Perry's voice has a way of touching people's souls. My favorite singer
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jlc1167
Steve was the best male vocalist ever to walk this earth. But unfortunatel y age has taken its toll on his voice. I heard him sing last year and although he will always be number one , he's no spring chicken anymore
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Mr. Steve Perry is one of the best vocalist and song writer in history. Looking forward to seeing him in the near future with new material.
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Steve has always been my favorite loyalist! He has a range that he makes easy, a true professional ! !
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Fantastic lead man some Few have such talent as Perry
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Steve Perry had one amazing voice..
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mdanfang4
Oh Sherrie, AWESOME SONG!!!!!!! Follow 4 Follow
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Steve Perry ❤️ I can listen to his songs all day long.
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kwtkdmom
Steve Perry... ::sigh:: in love....
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rebeccahawle y 8 8
The best of the best!
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I love Steve's voice, sexy
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elinunez1966
Steve Perry my favorito music.....
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My favorite singer!!!! Steve Perry has the best voice beyond any rock singer!
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MR. STEVE PERRY SINGER & MR. DEEN CASTRONOVO DRUMMER JOURNEY THEIR VOICES IMPECCABLE!! ! ! !
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Steve Perry's voice very unique. That is what made Journey so good!!
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Perry's voice was very unique. His voice is what made Journey so good!!
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I find him to have one of the most annoying voices of all time and couldn't wait to change the station every time a Journey song came on the radio.
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You can't beat Steve Perry...Peri o d .
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I like the song of foolish heart .
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Top 5 rock voice of all time!
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THE Voice. There can only be one and Steve Perry is it!
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kathyr107
Just dropping a note to say hi, I lived across the street from your Mom, in Lemoore, Calif. My father grew up in Hanford.
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Steve Perry ROCKS!!
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Great memories of yesterday
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You are My sunshine!!!�
Only one like you!!!☝
Blessings Steve ☺��
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Journey was my first concert in 1979
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my favorite singer
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Unique voice... one of the best
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cutty3
My sister in-law had Steve Perry's passed down math back at Lemoore High School. Her only claim to fame:)
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He has something special about his voice I like that.
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Steve Perry...Wow! What an insperation. This man; altho they found his mimic Peña, he is truly unreplaceabl e ! Loved his voice, his passion. Regretably, never went to a Journey concert when Steve Perry was lead...how I wish he'd stay. (All along I thought he had a malignant throat condition but it was his hip?!) I just hope I live to go to one of his reunions...I hipe. Love you Steve Perry! You're forever Journey lead singer.����
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i love it ...big fan wish he kept on and yes i agree his voice is one of a kind
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progpond3
I was never a big Journey fan back in the day, still not that big of a fan of the music (except for Don't Stop Believing) but Steve Perry's voice. Then there is Steve Perry's voice. Almost one of a kind. The strength of a Roger Daltrey with the sheen and grace of an Art Garfunkel.
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bxn99m
Wish Steve would agree to a reunion to say them back together maybe someday soon
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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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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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