1970 Wrote and sang
The Ides' million seller "Vehicle" which reached #2 in Billboard and #1
1971 Wrote and sang The Ides' song "L.A. Goodbye" which stayed at #1 on
the WLS Chart for five weeks.
1976 Epic Records released Jim's solo album Don't Fight the Feeling.
Toured with Heart and Boston.
1977 Co-produced R&B group Essence for Epic Records. Wrote cult classic
"Sweet Fools" which is now included in Cleveland International's release:
Greatest Hits 1977-1983.
1978 Jim co-founded Survivor.
1980-1981 Jim co-wrote hits for .38 Special including "Rocking Into the
Night", "Hold on Loosely", "Caught Up in You", "Wild-Eyed Southern
Boys", and "Fantasy Girl". He also co-wrote theme to Heavy Metal with
Sammy Hagar and two albums with Henry Paul of The Outlaws.
1982 Jim and Survivor have their first million seller with "Eye of the
Tiger" - theme from Rocky III, which he co-wrote, co-produced and played
keyboard and guitar. The song, from Survivor's third album, stayed at #1
for 7 weeks on the Billboard charts and won a Grammy award, a People's
Choice Award, and an Oscar nomination.
1984 Jim and Survivor released the platinum Vital Signs which produced
three top 10 singles, "I Can't Hold Back","High on You", and "The Search
is Over". 1985 Jim co-wrote the million-selling theme for Rocky IV -- "Burning
Heart" for Survivor.
1986 Jim co-wrote "Is This Love" which reached the top ten for Survivor.
1988 Co-wrote all songs for Survivor's eighth album Too Hot To Sleep -
included AC. Charter Across The Miles.
1990 Reunited with all original members of The Ides of March for concert
attended by 25,000 in their hometown of Berwyn, Illinois. Produced
Indiana rock artist David Carl as well as Chicago rock band Captive
Heart for later European release on MTM Records. Two of Jim's songs, "Vehicle"
by The Ides of March and "Ever Since The World Began" are featured in
Sylvester Stallone's "Lock-Up" movie.
1991 Wrote two songs for The Doobie Brothers release Brotherhood, "Under
the Spell" and Divided Highway". Wrote end title theme for John Candy's
"Delirious" movie -- the song entitled "Beyond Our Wildest Dreams".
Wrote songs for Atlantic recording act Tangiers and Co-wrote songs with
Tom Littlefield for the EMI group, The Questionnaires. Renewed writing
with .38 Special -- co-wrote "Rebel to Rebel" and The Sound of Your
Voice" for their "Bone Against Steel" release.
1992 Recorded Ideology with The Ides of March -- a rerecording of their
hits plus four new songs. Produced "Moon Not Banana" for Chicago artist
Cathy Richardson. Co-wrote four songs on that album. Co-wrote "Space &
Time" with John Wetton of Asia fame for his 1993 release "Battlelines".
1993 Reunited with Survivor for European and American tour. Released
greatest hits package with two new songs that Jim co-wrote "You Know Who
You Are" and Hungry Years". Co-wrote two songs for Cheap Trick's "Woke
Up With a Monster " album.
1994 Co-wrote and co-produced album with Christian artist Jillian. Also
recorded second album for David Carl. Produced R&B Act A.S.A.P. for
1996 Inroads made in the Nashville writing circles; wrote songs with
Skip Ewing, Troy Seals, Dave Gibson, Max D. Barnes, John Greenebaum, and
others. Wrote "Nobody's Fool" with Henry Paul for Blackhawks 1997
release, "Love and Gravity". Performed an acoustical opening for acts
such as The Beach Boys, REO Speedwagon and Credence Clearwater.
Performed at a sold-out show at Nashville's legendary Bluebird Cafe.
1997 Jim puts The Ides of March into overdrive performing for thousands
on the Midwest's vital festival scene. Releases Age Before Beauty E.P.
which includes "Moon Out Of Phase" and the Milwaukee Bucks theme song "Friendly
Stranger" - an instrumental adaptation of "Vehicle". .38 Special
released Resolution which featured 10 collaborations with Jim including
their top 15 charting "Fade to Blue" -- a permanent fixture on rock
radio in the summer of 1997.
1998 to present Jim continues to tour with The Ides of March. Co-writes
three songs for CMC artists VanZant including single release "Can't Say
It Loud Enough". Co-writes with Lynyrd Skynyrd, REO Speedwagon ( "Just
for You" from new ballads album), Blackhawk and Christian artist Al
Denson (co-wrote title cut "Tabula Rasa"). Writes with Cinderella for
future Sony release. Writes "Dream Angel" with Brian Wilson of The Beach
Boys for brand new Giant release. Produces Toronto blues artist Anthony
Gomes. Produces R&B act Marzette Griffith (formerly of Essence).
Continues solo performing -- releases solo album project Jim Peterik &
World Stage featuring Jim and many of the artists he has had the
pleasure of working with in the past.
Jim Peterik - Grammy¨ winning singer,
songwriter and guitar/keyboardist - has unveiled his first smooth jazz
project, Jim Peterik's Lifeforce. As the founding member of both
Survivor and The Ides Of March, he has been responsible for eighteen Top
10 hits, three of which, "Vehicle," "The Search Is Over," and the Grammy¨
winning "Eye Of the Tiger" (theme from Rocky III), made it all the way
to No. 1. Peterik is also responsible for many of the hits of .38
Special, such as "Hold On Loosely," "Caught Up In You," and "Fantasy
Girl." His songs have been featured worldwide in countless movies,
television shows, sporting events and commercials.
Who knew that behind the rock legend
was a musician steeping himself almost exclusively in smooth jazz and
new age in his time off? Peterik said, "My wife of 35 years, Karen, and
I have been huge fans since day one of Pat Metheny, David Grusin, Spyro
Gyra, Keiku Matsui, Acoustic Alchemy, Basia and so many more. Writing
and performing this style myself is just a natural progression from fan
Jim Peterik's Lifeforce is a potent
synergy of his many influences through the years. Along with the
exciting new songs he has written for this album, there are also jazzy
re-imaginings of two of his biggest hits: "Eye Of The Tiger" and "Vehicle."
In addition, "The Search Is Over" has been recast as a duet between
Peterik and Lisa McClowry, a rising smooth jazz singer who is featured
with him throughout this album.
"My message and mood is positive and
uplifting," Peterik said. "Much like the theme of 'Eye Of The Tiger,' I
feel that visualization of your desired outcome is the first step to
actualization. This theme, as well as making sure we appreciate each day,
runs through my songs."
The album, produced by Peterik and
Larry Millas, features some of the world's finest musicians: Ed
Breckenfeld on drums, Mike Aquino and Peterik on guitar, Klem Hayes on
bass, Christian Cullen, Scott May, Jeff Lantz and Jim on keyboards,
Steve Eisen on sax and flute and Lisa McClowry on vocals. Special guests
include smooth jazz great Nick Colionne on the standout track, "Unconditional
Surrender," with Larry Gray and Sharay Reed on upright bass.