Singer behind iconic ‘Rocky’ hits dies at age 63

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Singer Jimi Jamison performs Survivor's song "Eye of the Tiger" as boxer Manny Pacquiao walks out to the ring to take on Juan Manuel Marquez in the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Nov. 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Singer Jimi Jamison performs Survivor’s song “Eye of the Tiger” as boxer Manny Pacquiao walks out to the ring to take on Juan Manuel Marquez in the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Nov. 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (LOS ANGELES TIMES) — Jimi Jamison, the former lead singer for the rock bands Cobra and Survivor, died Sunday, his booking agent Sally Irwin confirmed to the Los Angeles Times Tuesday.

Jamison died of a heart attack at his home in Memphis, Tenn., Irwin said. He was 63.

Jamison was the lead singer for Survivor from the mid-to-late 1980s, creating such hits as “Burning Heart” from “Rocky IV” and “The Moment of Truth” from “The Karate Kid.”

Jamison joined the group at the height of its popularity — the band having just released “Eye of the Tiger” from “Rocky III” — after former lead singer David Bickler left the group because of voice issues.

In a 1985 interview with The Times, Jamison said that following such a monster hit wasn’t easy.

“After ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ the fans wanted an album full of songs like ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ ” said Jamison, who was not with the band when its second album, “Caught in the Game,” was released in 1983 to little success. “An average or a good album wouldn’t be enough. The band needed a great album and some huge hit singles. But it didn’t happen.”

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