Rumors are going around saying that Steve Perry, former lead singer of Journey, is dead. These rumors have yet to be confirmed.
Upon hearing the news of his possible demise, I couldn’t help but think of all the wonderful songs Steve has given us over the years before his retirement. He was with Journey for nine years, from 1978-1987. He reunited with the band several times on and off during the following ten years, and worked on his solo career in between.
Steve had many hits with Journey and in his solo career, including “Any Way You Want It,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Open Arms,” “Foolish Heart” and “Oh Sherrie.” Many of these songs made it to Billboard’s Top Ten singles, and some of them reached the number one spot.
Steve’s falsetto voice is what him so popular both with Journey and in his solo career. He has a distinctive voice that is hard to miss, and made thousands of fans fall in love with him and his music. I can listen to his songs over and over, and never get bored. His voice and his words both touch my heart, as well as many other fans around the world.
In 1998, more than ten years after leaving Journey, Steve released a greatest hits album which included five unreleased tracks. He also recorded to songs for the 1998 Warner Bros. animated film “Quest for Camelot.” All of this was done after recovering from a successful hip replacement surgery to correct a problem he had been diagnosed with two years before.
Since his retirement, Steve has earned several rewards, including being named “Rolling Stone” magazine’s 76th Greatest Singer of all Time, and he’s eligible for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Again, we don’t yet know if the rumors of Steve’s death are true, but here’s hoping they’re not.