1985 Steve Perry – Foolish Heart
Steve Perry’s parents were from Portugal, and he was born in California. His father was a singer who owned radio station KNGS, so it isn’t a surprise that Steve grew into a career in music.
The members of the band that became Journey began performing together in 1973 and began recording for Columbia Records in 1975. Herbie Herbert managed the band, and in 1977, he recruited Steve as their new lead vocalist.
The band began reaching the charts and routinely hit the top ten singles charts beginning in 1981. Journey took a break after a hectic touring schedule in 1984 that allowed several members to work on solo projects. Steve recorded the solo album Street Talk. He reached the top of the US Mainstream Rock chart and #3 on the Hot 100 with the hit single Oh Sherrie.
The fourth single from the album, Foolish Heart, came out later that year. He co-wrote the song with Randy Goodrum and produced the single himself. It reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart in early 1985.
In 1985, Steve sang on the charity recording We Are The World and went back to work on the next Journey album. Raised On Radio generated four more top twenty singles for Journey.
In addition to his work with the band, Steve recorded two more solo albums. Other than one single that only reached #29 in 1994, his solo work never again graced the top forty.
Steve stayed with the band until a 1996 hip injury led to the discovery of a degenerative bone condition that sidelined him from touring and caused a rift with the other members of the band. That led to his permanent departure from Journey in 1998, after which hip surgery put an end to the constant pain he had suffered for years.
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