A new keyboard player brought their signature song!
Originally named the Golden Gate Rhythm Section, the aim of the band that formed in 1973 was to back up artists as a backing band.
This seemingly made sense as the members had experience in the field having played for Santana and the Steve Miller Band (The Joker).
However, the boys would soon change their minds and instead went for the idea of being a jazz fusion band.
After leading this not-so-glamorous lifestyle for a few years, vocalist Steve Perry joined in 1977 and Journey started to take a more commercial route.
By 1981 when their name spread worldwide, Journey had already released six studio albums.
For album 7, keyboard player Jonathan Caine joined, he came armed with not just Don’t Stop Believin’, his influence is all over the album which not only had better tunes but by now a more mature sound than previous releases.
Songs like Open Arms and Who’s Crying Now also did well in the charts.
However, no tunes would have such long-lasting success as Don’t Stop Believin’. A quick look at the number of plays on Spotify shows it having five times as many plays as their second most popular tune.
Amazingly, since the release of their greatest success in 1981, the band has released a further 8 studio albums.
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Don’t Stop Believing
| E5 (F# G#) | B5 (C# D#) | C#m (D# E) | A5 (D# E) |
Just a small-town girl, livin’ in a lonely world.
| E5 (F# G#) | B5 (C# D#) | G#m | A5 (D# E) |
She took the midnight train going anywhere.