News Column

BRIEF: Memphis singer Jimi Jamison dies at 63

September 2, 2014

By Jody Callahan, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

Sept. 02--Jimi Jamison, the Memphis vocalist who spent years leading the group Survivor and sang on some of their biggest hits, died at his home Sunday, friends and family said. He was 63.

Jamison wasn't ill and had just performed two concerts in California, spokeswoman Sally Irwin said, leading her to believe the cause of death may have been a heart attack. He was found at his home near Raleigh, a family member said.

In 1984, Jamison joined Survivor, which had already hit the charts with the monster single "Eye of the Tiger." The band and their new singer went on to record "Vital Signs," a multi-platinum smash that yielded three Top 20 songs in "The Search is Over," "High on You" and "I Can't Hold Back."

"He could really just flat-out sing," said Jon Hornyak, head of the local Grammy organization. "He recorded a lot in my studio, and just one of the greatest singers imaginable in the pop and rock worlds."

Check back for further details.


(c)2014 The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)

Visit The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) at

Distributed by MCT Information Services

For more stories covering arts and entertainment, please see HispanicBusiness' Arts & Entertainment Channel

Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Story Tools Facebook Linkedin Twitter RSS Feed Email Alerts & Newsletters