If you’re of a certain age, it will surely make you feel old to hear that Jimi Jamison, lead singer of Survivor, was 63 years old. Regardless of your age, it’s sad to hear that the rocker died on Aug. 31 from a heart attack.
As our Jeremy Klumpp was quick to point out, Jamison was not Survivor’s lead singer for their No. 1 hit and most well-known song, “Eye of the Tiger.” Dave Bickler was the frontman on that tune. But Jamison took over after Bickler had to stop singing because of health issues, and was Survivor’s lead singer for most of its run. That includes 1985’s “Burning Heart,” which was another hit the band had on a “Rocky” soundtrack, this one for Rocky IV.
It’s easy to make fun of Survivor for the soft rock power ballads it populated radio with in the early 1980s. (I would call myself a fan, but even I can’t get behind “The Search is Over,” which was one of their biggest hits. That is soft 1980s rock at its worst.)
But songs like “High On You” and “I Can’t Hold Back” were big hit singles in that era — with videos that are just so damn 80s hair band — and still get plenty of play on soft rock stations and probably in your local supermarket late at night. Though Survivor is definitely a music relic of the 1980s, their music has had some impressive lasting power and Jamison was a big reason for that.