Survivor Lead Singer Jimi Jamison Dead at 63; John Macy’s Father Dies
OUR SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TO JOHN MACY . . .
From John Macy on Fb 08/28/14:
Mixing a stone country ballad of Richard Dean‘s this morning called “Till I See You Again”, it seemed only appropriate to pour a couple of glasses of fine whiskey and toast the fact that we have both recently become orphans, with Richard’s mom passing last week, and my dad passing yesterday–a moment I will remember for a long time…
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SURVIVOR LEAD SINGER JIMI JAMISON DEAD AT 63
Jimi Jamison, the lead singer of the rock band Survivor, has died, the band announced. Jamison was 63.
“Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison,” the band wrote on its Twitter page. “Our thoughts, love & prayers go out to his friends and family.”
Jamison grew up in Tennessee, meeting music icon Elvis Presley when he was 10, a chance encounter in a drug store. He later fronted a local band, Target, during the 1970s.
He first found national fame in the early 1980s as the lead singer of the band Cobra.
But his biggest successes came after joining Survivor. The group had drawn international acclaim for 1982’s “Eye of the Tiger” from the hit movie “Rocky III,” but struggled to replicate the song’s success. In 1983, lead singer Dave Bickler was forced to leave Survivor because of vocal issues.
Jamison initially wasn’t interested in joining Survivor because the group was more pop-focused than his previous acts.
“I really didn’t want to do it, because I was in a heavy band, I always played really heavy music, and their stuff was a little lighter than I was used to,” he said of Survivor in a 2008 interview with Living Legends Music.
But Jamison joined on, and a string of hits followed – “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High on You” and “The Search Is Over,” as well as “Burning Heart,” which was featured in the movie “Rocky IV.”
Jamison was one of the great power-ballad singers, a tour de force vocal presence that was perfect for energetic arena rock.
Jamison contributed that energy for the theme song of TV’s “Baywatch,” co-writing and singing “I’m Always Here” for the popular television series.
In recent years he returned to Survivor – that’s him pumping up office climber “Glen” in a popular 2005 Starbucks Doubleshot commercial – and also released his third solo album, 2012’s “Never Too Late.”
By Dan Good 3 hours ago | Good Morning America
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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…
3: Go Eun-bi, 21, South Korean singer (Ladies’ Code), traffic collision.
2: Nicky da B, 24, American bounce musician; Antonis Vardis, 66, Greek composer and singer.
1: David Anderle, 77, American record producer, cancer; Rhuna Martin, 82, South African-born British cellist and cello teacher.
31: Josef Hrnc(ír( (cs), 93, Czech conductor; Jimi Jamison, 63, American musician (Survivor), suspected heart attack.
30: Victoria Mallory, 64, American singer and actress, pancreatic cancer.
29: Octavio Brunetti, 39, Argentine tango pianist.
28: Joe Bethancourt, 68, American folk musician; Glenn Cornick, 67, British bassist (Jethro Tull), heart failure; Stuart Gordon, English violinist and guitarist, lung cancer.
27: Yehezkel Braun, 92, Israeli composer; Jan Groth, 68, Norwegian singer (Aunt Mary, Just 4 Fun), cancer; Peret, 79, Spanish singer, guitarist and composer, lung cancer; Sandy Wilson, 90, English composer and lyricist (The Boy Friend).