Frankie Sullivan

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Frankie Sullivan
Sullivan (right) with Jimi Jamison at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2013
Background information
Birth name Frank Michael Sullivan III
Born (1955-02-01) February 1, 1955 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation(s) Guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, Vocals
Years active 1976-present
Associated acts Survivor

Frank Michael "Frankie" Sullivan III (born February 1, 1955) is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for being a member of the band Survivor,[1] and has been the only constant member of the band since its formation in 1977.[2]

Along with former bandmate, keyboardist/vocalist Jim Peterik, Sullivan co-wrote many of the group's hits including "Eye of the Tiger"[3] and "Burning Heart" from the Rocky III and IV movie soundtracks.[4]

Sullivan began playing guitar in his very early teens by sitting in on local garage band practices and helping with their equipment changes. Eventually he was allowed to play a little after band practice when members realized his serious interest, as stated by local piano/keyboard musician and Northlake, Illinois resident Jimmy Tranchitella. He was part of the US hard rock band Mariah in 1976 (Mariah Mariah united artists records UA-LA493-G).


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Frankie Sullivan". AMG. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Frankie Sullivan". Frankie Sullivan. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Survivor 2012: A Conversation With Frankie Sullivan". Technorati. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Frankie Sullivan". IMBD. Retrieved 12 November 2013.