Mario Solis‘ Today’s Memory
Jim Peterik’s birthday
Originally shared by Mario Solis
Jim Peterik (born November 11, 1950) best known as a member of the #rock band Survivor and as vocalist and songwriter of the hit song “Vehicle” by The Ides of March. He also co-wrote the anthem “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme from the motion picture Rocky III.
Peterik has co-written songs for the likes of 38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackhawk, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Cathy Richardson,Van Zant, Brian Wilson, REO Speedwagon and The Beach Boys. He is currently fronting melodic rock band Pride of Lions, smooth-jazz project Jim Peterik’s Lifeforce, and has a regular series of yearly concert performances with an all-star cast as World Stage. Jim is also active as a producer and mentor to young, developing talent.
Peterik formed his most successful band, Survivor, in 1978.
In the early years of Survivor, Peterik continued to co-write hits for other artists, including 38 Special and Sammy Hagar. In 1982, Sylvester Stallone commissioned Survivor to write and perform the theme song for Rocky III. This song, “Eye of the Tiger,” became their defining single, spending six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and going double platinum; it also won them a Grammy Award and an Oscar nomination for Peterik and Frankie Sullivan for Best Song. This was followed by their 1984 album Vital Signs, which featured the Top 10 hits “High on You” (No. 8) and “The Search Is Over” (No. 4), plus another sizable hit in “I Can’t Hold Back” (No. 13).
In 1985, Peterik co-wrote the theme to Rocky IV, “Burning Heart,” which would be another big hit (No. 2 in early 1987) for Survivor, and was followed by “Is This Love” (No. 9). Following Survivor’s 1988 album Too Hot to Sleep, they disbanded.
One song from each of Peterik’s bands appears in a Stallone film (their purpose to motivate the scene’s action): Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” in Rocky III and the Ides of March’s “Vehicle” in Lock Up. In addition, Survivor’s “Ever Since the World Began” played during the closing credits of Lock Up.