Artist Countdown: Survivor & Jimi Jamison Top 30 Hits 6pm ET

SurvivorJimmy Wayne “Jimi” Jamison (August 23, 1951 – August 31, 2014) was an American rock vocalist and songwriter, best known as the longtime frontman of rock bands Cobra and platinum-selling Survivor and as the voice and co-writer of the theme song for Baywatch.

Survivor is an American rock band formed in Chicago in 1978. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s with its arena rock sound, which garnered many charting singles, especially in the United States. The band is best known for its double platinum-certified 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme song for the motion picture Rocky III (US number 1 for 6 weeks). Singles like “Burning Heart” (US number 2), “The Search Is Over” (US number 4), “High on You” (US number 8), “Is This Love” (US number 9) and “I Can’t Hold Back” (US number 13) 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 the album barely reached the Billboard 200 in the United States. Because of this, the band split. Singer Jimi Jamison later toured as ‘Survivor’ in the mid-1990s, to the chagrin of the rest of the band. Jamison reunited with the band’s other members in 2000 and the band released Reach in 2006, but Jamison left the band after its release and was replaced by Robin McAuley. The band continued to tour with McAuley into 2011.

Jimi_JamisonAn announcement on November 13, 2011 by Robin McAuley on his Facebook page revealed that he had left Survivor. A subsequent announcement on November 18, 2011 confirmed that Jamison had rejoined the band and a tour was to take place in 2012.

In April 2013, it was announced on the band’s official media sources that guitarist Frankie Sullivan had reunited the current Survivor line-up with singer Dave Bickler, with the band now having their two vocalists together for the next tour, Dave Bickler and Jimi Jamison.

On August 31, 2014, Jamison died at the age of 63 of an apparent heart attack.

1 Eye of the Tiger
2 Burning Heart
3 Is This Love
4 The Search Is Over
5 I Can’t Hold Back
6 High on You
7 I’m Always Here
8 Across the Miles
9 Caught in the Game
10 Didn’t Know It Was Love
11 American Heartbeat
12 Poor Man’s Son
13 How Much Love
14 First Night
15 Backstreet Love Affair
16 Summer Nights
17 The Moment of Truth
18 Somewhere in America
19 The One That Really Matters
20 Man Against the World
21 Never Too Late
22 Desparate Dreams
23 Broken Promises
24 Rebel Girl
25 She’s A Star
26 I Never Stopped Loving You
27 Silver Girl
28 Tell Me I’m The One
29 Air That I Breath
30 Too Hot To Sleep

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