Steve Perry is
probably best known for his tenure as the lead singer of
the band Journey,
but he also had a successful solo career in the 80's.
Perry grew up in a musical, Californian family.
Perry's first band, Ice, appeared to have potential, but
eventually the project died out. After his next
band, Alien Project, failed, Perry gave up on music
until he received a call from the manager of the
fledgling band, Journey, that needed a new singer (circa
Initially, the members of Journey did not take to Perry.
They did not appreciate the pop direction their
historically progressive rock sound was taking.
However, with the success of their first album with
Perry as vocalist (Infinity), the band members
began to think him not so bad after all. Journey
had a great career with Perry on vocals. They had
tons of hits and were one of the largest concert draws
of the time.
While still with
Journey, Steve Perry worked on a solo album in 1984
It featured a number of hit songs, including "Oh
Sherrie", "She's Mine", "Strung Out", and "Foolish
Heart". It is worth mentioning that another
earlier song, called "Don't Fight It", was a duet with
Kenny Loggins and a big hit as well. It was during
the recording of Journey's last album of the 1980's,
Raised on Radio (1987), that Perry's mother became ill,
which made him a sporadic member of the band.
After the 1987 tour, Journey split and would not release
any new material until the mid 1990's. In the mean
time, Perry would not release another album until 1994 (For
the Love of Strange Medicine).
After Perry injured himself in the mid
1990's, and essentially became unable to support
Journey's 1996 album, he left the band on negative
terms. Since then, Perry has been seen here and
there, and a reunion with Journey has not completely
been ruled out, nor has more solo releases.
However, at the moment, Journey's new lead singer is
pretty darn good, so it could be a while? Frankly
we want Steve back! The Steve Perry Discography is
as follows: 1984: Street Talk
1994: For the Love of Strange Medicine
1995: Perry's Coming
1998: Greatest Hits + Five Unreleased
2009: Playlist: The Very Best of Steve Perry
2010: Oh Sherrie: The Best of Steve Perry