Steve Perry

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.

Title Album Genre Tools
Friends Of Mine For The Love Of Strange Medicine Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Harmonica, and Strings
Keywords:
Aggressive, Climactic, and Ominous
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Frat Party, Game Day, Goodbye, Heartbreak, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
90
CD/Track #:
For The Love Of Strange Medicine
Release Year:
1994
Track ID:
95292
main mix 3:30 160k MP3
Against The Wall Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, and Electric Piano
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dramatic, and Driving
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Game Day, Road Trip, Sunny Day, Victory, and Victory March
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
82
CD/Track #:
Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased
Release Year:
1998
Track ID:
95293
main mix 4:43 160k MP3
Captured By The Moment Street Talk Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, and Electric Piano
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Driving, and Feel-Good
Scene Descriptions:
Game Day, In Love, Victory, and Victory March
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
120
CD/Track #:
Street Talk
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
95294
main mix 3:47 160k MP3
Foolish Heart Street Talk Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, and Electric Piano
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, and Feel-Good
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, Rainy Day, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
97
CD/Track #:
Street Talk
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
95295
main mix 3:38 160k MP3
Forever Right or Wrong (Love's Like A River) Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dramatic, Driving, Feel-Good, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, Rainy Day, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
70
CD/Track #:
Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased
Release Year:
1998
Track ID:
95296
main mix 4:31 160k MP3
Go Away Street Talk Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, and Electric Piano
Keywords:
Bright, Dramatic, and Ominous
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, Rainy Day, and Road Trip
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
121
CD/Track #:
Street Talk
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
95297
main mix 4:04 160k MP3
I Believe Street Talk Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Saxophone, and Tambourine
Keywords:
Bright, Climactic, and Driving
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, Road Trip, Sunny Day, Victory, and Victory March
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
134
CD/Track #:
Street Talk
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
95298
main mix 4:12 160k MP3
It’s Only Love Street Talk Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, and Steel Pan
Keywords:
Bright, Campy, and Dramatic
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, Road Trip, Sunny Day, and Victory
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
84
CD/Track #:
Street Talk
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
95299
main mix 3:47 160k MP3
Oh, Sherrie Street Talk Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, and Electric Piano
Keywords:
Dramatic, Driving, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Game Day, Heartbreak, Sunny Day, Victory, and Victory March
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
101
CD/Track #:
Street Talk
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
95300
main mix 3:47 160k MP3
Once In A Lifetime, Girl Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, and Electric Piano
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Driving, Feel-Good, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, Road Trip, Sunny Day, Victory, and Victory March
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
121
CD/Track #:
Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased
Release Year:
1998
Track ID:
95301
main mix 4:51 160k MP3
She's Mine Street Talk Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, and Electric Piano
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Driving, and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
Game Day, In Love, Rainy Day, Road Trip, and Victory
Subgenres:
Arena Rock and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
97
CD/Track #:
Street Talk
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
95302
main mix 4:26 160k MP3
Summer of Luv Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, and Electric Piano
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Feel-Good, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, Sunny Day, and Victory
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
120
CD/Track #:
Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased
Release Year:
1998
Track ID:
95303
main mix 4:25 160k MP3
What Was Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Cello, Piano, Strings, and Xylophone
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Dramatic, and Moody
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye, Heartbreak, and Rainy Day
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Slow
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
82
CD/Track #:
Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased
Release Year:
1998
Track ID:
95304
main mix 3:57 160k MP3
Can't Stop For The Love Of Strange Medicine Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, and Electric Piano
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Dark, Driving, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, Road Trip, Strip Tease, Sunny Day, and Victory
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
128
CD/Track #:
For The Love Of Strange Medicine
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
95291
main mix 4:07 160k MP3
When You’re In Love For the First Time Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, Percussion, Strings, and Synth
Keywords:
Atmospheric, Bright, Campy, Feel-Good, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Make-Out, Road Trip, Sunny Day, Victory, Victory March, and Wedding
Subgenres:
Arena Rock, Pop Rock, and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
103
CD/Track #:
Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased
Release Year:
1998
Track ID:
95305
main mix 4:08 160k MP3
You Should Be Happy Street Talk Pop, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Pop and Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano, and Synth
Keywords:
Aggressive, Dramatic, and Driving
Scene Descriptions:
Game Day, Heartbreak, Rainy Day, Road Trip, Sunny Day, and Victory
Subgenres:
Arena Rock and Soft Rock
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
Male
BPM:
75
CD/Track #:
Street Talk
Release Year:
1984
Track ID:
95306
main mix 3:22 160k MP3
Donna Please For The Love Of Strange Medicine Rock
Client:
Artist:
Steve Perry
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboard, and Synth
Keywords:
Aggressive, Epic, Ominous, and Percussive/Drums
Scene Descriptions:
Heartbreak, In Love, Make-Out, and Strip Tease
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
Male
CD/Track #:
For The Love Of Strange Medicine
Release Year:
1994
Track ID:
53245
main mix 1:00 160k MP3 44.1k AIF
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