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Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison dead at 63

Jimi Jamison, the second lead singer of Survivor, died on Sunday night (September 1st) of a heart attack at age 63, according to Vintage Vinyl News. In 1984 he replaced Dave Bickler as the band’s frontman after Bickler -- who sang lead on “Eye Of The Tiger” -- was forced to step down due to vocal problems. Jamison got the gig and immediately starting charting hits with group, including “I Can't Hold Back (1984 / #13),” “High On You (1985 / #8), “ “The Search Is Over (1985 / #4),” “Burning Heart (1985 / #2),” and “Is This Love (1986 / #9),” and stayed until their initial split in 1989.

Prior to his time with Survivor, Jamison, who was raised in Memphis, had fronted such bands as Target and Cobra while serving as a backing vocalist for Joe Walsh, George Thorogood, and ZZ Top. In the late-‘80s he was asked to replace Ian Gillian in Deep Purple, but passed. Jamison also co-wrote and sang the theme song to TV’s Baywatch -- “I’m Always Here.” Throughout the '90s, Jamison battled his former Survivor bandmates -- then reunited with Dave Bickler -- over the use of the name and lost. He eventually rejoined the band, fronting Survivor again for six years -- from 2000 until 2006.

The official Survivor Facebook page posted a message saying:

The entire Survivor family is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Photo © 2014 Survivor Music (Official FB Page), facebook.com/survivortheband

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