Steve Perry Biography

22 January 1953, Hanford, California, USA. Following the success of Escape and Frontiers, the members of US band Journey took an extended break in order to pursue solo projects. Vocalist Steve Perry assembled a team of respected session players to produce Street Talk, which displayed soul and R&B influences in both Perry’s vocals and songwriting, and proved a superb showcase for his talents. Street Talk proved to be the most successful of the Journey solo efforts, producing an enormous US hit in ‘Oh Sherrie’, an emotive tribute to Perry’s girlfriend, and its influence on the style of Raised On Radio, Journey’s final album, was obvious. However, amid rumours of up to three follow-up records being scrapped, it was not until 1994 that For The Love Of Strange Medicine saw the resumption of Perry’s career, with a more straightforward AOR style than on the previous album. Any doubts over the viability of the project after such a protracted absence were dispelled when the album made its US chart debut at number 15, and produced a US Top 10 hit with ‘You Better Wait’.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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