Tag: Steve Perry

Monday 9/27/21 1:15am ET: Feature LP: Steve Perry – Street Talk (1984)

Street Talk is Steve Perry’s first solo studio album, released in April 1984.

Street Talk contains Perry’s biggest hit as a solo artist, “Oh Sherrie”, written for his then-girlfriend Sherrie Swafford. The song hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard’s Rock chart, and the accompanying music video (also featuring Swafford) was a hit on MTV. Other singles included “Foolish Heart” (peaked at #18), “She’s Mine” (peaked at #21), and “Strung Out” (peaked at #40).

There were a number of nods to Perry’s pre-Journey band Alien Project on this album—in fact, that band was originally going to be called Street Talk. In the liner notes, Perry dedicates the album to Richard Michaels (the bassist for Alien Project). Also, drummer Craig Krampf was a member of Alien Project later in the 1970s.

In addition to launching Perry’s solo career, the cover photo for Street Talk served as a career launchpad for music photographer John Scarpati, who met Perry during the album’s recording sessions at a studio in Sherman Oaks.

Street Talk is certified as 2x Platinum (2,000,000) in sales by the RIAA.

“Oh Sherrie” – 3:48
“I Believe” – 4:12
“Go Away” – 4:05
“Foolish Heart” – 3:39

“It’s Only Love” – 3:47
“She’s Mine” – 4:26
“You Should Be Happy”– 3:20
“Running Alone” – 4:05
“Captured by the Moment” – 3:47
“Strung Out” – 3:51

Steve Perry – lead vocals, backing vocals (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10)
Bill Cuomo – synthesizers (1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9), acoustic piano (2), synth bells (2), keyboards (3, 6), synth solo (3)
Randy Goodrum – Rhodes (1-6, 9), drum programming (4)
Duane Hitchings – synthesizers (8)
Steve Goldstein – keyboards (10)
Sterling Smith – keyboards (10)
Michael Landau – guitar (1-5, 7), guitar solo (6, 9)
Waddy Wachtel – guitar solo (1), rhythm guitar solo (5)

Craig Hull – guitar (8, 10)
Billy Steele – guitar (10)
Bob Glaub – bass guitar (1-7, 9)
Chuck Domanico – string bass (3)
Kevin McCormick – bass guitar (8)
Bryan Garofalo – bass guitar (10)
Larrie Londin – drums (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9), percussion (1, 2, 3, 7)
Craig Krampf – drums (8, 10)
Robert Greenridge – steel drums (5)
Steve Douglas – saxophone solo (2), tenor saxophone (6)

Tuesday 4pm ET: Feature Artist – Steve Perry

Stephen Ray Perry (born January 22, 1949) is an American singer and songwriter. 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 also has a successful solo career — first between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s, making sporadic appearances in the 2000s and then returning to music full-time in 2018.

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

Tuesday 4pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week on the Sounds of The 80s we feature music from:  Tom Petty, Steely Dan, Toto, Huey Lewis and The News, Steve Perry, Styx, Billy Idol, Stars On 45, Traveling Wilburys, Michael Jackson, George Harrison and many more . . .

Tuesday 11pm: Feature LP: Steve Perry – Traces (2018)

Traces is the third solo studio album by American singer and songwriter Steve Perry. It was released on October 5, 2018, through Fantasy Records.  It is Perry’s first solo top 10 Billboard album.

After leaving Journey in the late 1990s, Perry withdrew from the music industry for “many reasons, but mainly my love for music had suddenly left me.” His passion was reignited after he lost his girlfriend Kellie Nash to cancer in December 2012, and he began recording Traces in May 2015.

The first single from the album, “No Erasin'”, was released on August 14, 2018. A music video accompanied the release. It peaked at number 20 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, number 38 on the Hot Rock Songs chart, and number 17 on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart. A second video for “No More Cryin'” was released on September 4, 2018. On September 20, 2018, a video for “We’re Still Here” was released.

On September 24, 2018, Perry participated in a Facebook Live event at noon PDT. The 15-minute webcast focused on the making of the album.

1. “No Erasin'” 4:07
2. “We’re Still Here” 4:06
3. “Most of All” 4:21
4. “No More Cryin'” 4:28
5. “In the Rain” 4:07
6. “Sun Shines Gray” (featuring John 5) 3:55
7. “You Belong to Me” 4:05
8. “Easy to Love” 4:02
9. “I Need You” 2:58
10. “We Fly” 3:56

Tuesday 7pm: Rock Talk with Dominic Forbes

Steve PerryThis week on Rock Talk with Dominic Forbes  – A discussion with Steve Perry!

Stephen Ray “Steve” Perry (born January 22, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is 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 has garnered acclaim from prominent musical peers and publications; he has been described as “The Voice”, a moniker originally coined by friend and former chart peer Jon Bon Jovi. He ranks No. 76 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time. Perry resides in Del Mar, California. – Wikipedia

Feature LP: Journey – Infinity (1978) 10pm ET

j-infinityJourney’s fourth album, Infinity, was released in January 1978 on Columbia Records. It was the band’s first album with vocalist Steve Perry.

Looking for a stronger lead vocalist, Journey briefly enlisted front man Robert Fleischman and even recorded a few tracks, one of which, “For You,” which later appeared on the Time3 collection, and Fleischman’s solo album, Perfect Stranger. Fleischman was soon thereafter replaced by Steve Perry due to musical and management differences. Fleischman would later resurface as the first singer in the Vinnie Vincent Invasion.

With songs like “Feeling That Way” and “Anytime,” Perry shared the vocals with former lead singer and keyboardist Gregg Rolie.

“Patiently” was the first song Perry and Neal Schon wrote together. Perry wrote the lyrics, in which he expresses the sadness of being on the road and away from home, while also expressing admiration for the band’s fans. Schon wrote the music for the song. Other popular singles included “Lights” and “Wheel in the Sky.” The latter was co-written with temporary front man Fleischman.

Journey’s manager, Herbie Herbert, enlisted producer Roy Thomas Baker to engineer “Infinity.” This produced a layered sound approach, similar to his work with Queen, as demonstrated on tracks such as “Winds of March.” In addition, Baker’s method of stacked harmonies, notable on several other albums he produced, became trademarks of Journey’s sound. Baker achieved this by having each vocalist (usually Perry and Rolie, sometimes joined by Valory and/or Schon) sing each harmony part in unison. This had the effect of making three or four voices sound like more, and is notable on the songs “Feeling that Way” and “Anytime,” which are often played in tandem consecutively on radio stations.

The addition of Perry led to a more mainstream sound[citation needed], and helped Journey attain their highest chart success to date. Infinity marked the last appearance of drummer Aynsley Dunbar. -Wikipedia

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Lights”   Steve Perry, Neal Schon 3:11
2. Feeling that Way”   Aynsley Dunbar, Perry, Gregg Rolie 3:28
3. “Anytime”   Robert Fleischman, Rolie, Schon, Roger Silver, Ross Valory 3:28
4. “Lă Do Dā”   Perry, Schon 3:01
5. “Patiently”   Perry, Schon 3:21
6. Wheel in the Sky”   Fleischman, Schon, Diane Valory 4:12
7. “Somethin’ to Hide”   Perry, Schon 3:27
8. “Winds of March”   Schon, Matt Schon, Fleischman, Perry, Rolie 5:04
9. “Can Do”   Perry, Valory 2:39
10. “Opened the Door”   Perry, Rolie, Schon 4:37