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Survivor's} brand of melodic, hard AOR netted the group several hits through the '80s, including two smash themes from Rocky} films, but never quite matched the success or consistency of contemporaries like Foreigner}. Survivor} was founded in 1978 by guitarist/keyboardist Jim Peterik}, formerly the lead singer of the Ides of March}, and guitarist Frankie Sullivan}; the two recruited lead singer Dave Bickler} and recorded a self-titled debut album as a trio with studio musicians Dennis Johnson} on bass and Gary Smith} on drums. Their places were taken by permanent members Stephen Ellis} and Marc Doubray}, respectively. The group's big break came in 1982 when Sylvester Stallone} commissioned them to write the theme to Rocky III}; the result, "Eye of the Tiger," was an instant hit with its bombastic opening riff and anthemic chorus. It spent six weeks at number one on the Billboard} charts and pushed the accompanying album of the same name over the one million sales mark. Bickler} quit in 1983 due to medical reasons and was replaced by former Cobra} singer Jimi Jamison}. The shakeup gave the band a kickstart, and they had two Top Ten hits in 1985 with "High On You" and "The Search Is Over." The band's theme from Rocky IV}, "Burning Heart," provided their second biggest hit in 1986, but their fortunes slid downhill from there; by the end of the year, Jamison}, Peterik}, and Sullivan} were the only remaining members, and Survivor} finally disbanded in 1989. Bickler}, Sullivan}, Ellis} and Doubray} returned to the studio as Survivor} in 1997; Jamison} later returned to the lineup as well. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

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