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 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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