The former lead singer of the band Survivor, Jimi Jamison, has died at the age of 63. The former lead singer made himself a place in rock history with the bands Survivor and Cobra, according to the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 2;
Jamison died at home of a heart attack on Sunday, his booking agent, Sally Irwin confirmed today. His is the voice on such great songs as “Burning Heart” and “The Moment of Truth,” which was a song used in the movie “Karate Kid,” reports the Huffington Post.
When Jamison joined the group they were riding high on their single “The Eye of the Tiger” from the movie “Rocky III.” Voice issues had prompted the former lead singer, David Bickler, to leave the group. This is when Jamison signed on.
“The Eye of the Tiger” was a bitter-sweet song for the group, as it rocketed them to a height of fame they had not seen yet, but their fans wanted more songs like the hit, which was a hard song to top. Jamison confessed in an interview back in ’85 with the Times that following such a “monster hit” like “Eye of the Tiger” was not an easy feat and one they eventually failed to do.
Jamison said that a good album wouldn’t be enough after that song, they needed a hugely successful album full of really great songs, but that never happened. Leaving the hard rock groups, Target and Cobra, to join up with Survivor helped him save his voice, he once said that before Survivor he did a lot of screaming as lead singer.
News of the singer’s death was posted on his Facebook page on Monday evening. The family announced his death saying:
"We are saddened and heartbroken to announce the passing of a great musician, loving father and grandfather, and overall extraordinary, giving, and kindhearted human being," the post said. "He's loved by so many, most of all his family, and he will be incredibly missed by all. Please keep his family in your prayers, and please give them the privacy they need during this extremely difficult time. Thank you all for your condolences and kind words."