Frankie Sullivan

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Frankie Sullivan
Sullivan at Sweden Rock Festival 2013
Sullivan at Sweden Rock Festival 2013
Background information
Born (1955-02-01) February 1, 1955 (age 69)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1976–present
Member ofSurvivor

Frankie Sullivan (born February 1, 1955) is an American guitarist, best known for being a founding member of the rock band Survivor.[1] He has been the only permanent fixture in its lineup since the band's 1977 inception.[2]

Early life[edit]

According to pianist and keyboardist Jimmy Tranchitella of Northlake, Illinois, Sullivan's musical career began in his early teens. He enjoyed sports and started running when he was 17; he became a lifelong runner.[3]

One of his heroes is Muhammad Ali, and he has a framed autograph from the boxer hanging in his home.[3]


In 1976, Sullivan was a member of the Chicago-based hard rock band Mariah.[4]

In 1978, he partnered with Jim Peterik and the two became a successful songwriting team.[5] With Sullivan as the lead guitarist, he and Peterik formed the nucleus of the band Survivor and the band began touring, playing concerts in clubs.[6] Sullivan's first hit on the Billboard charts was in 1981 with the song "Poor Man's Son", from the album Premonition.[5] Along with keyboardist and vocalist Jim Peterik, Sullivan co-wrote all of the group's hits, including "Eye of the Tiger"[7] and "Burning Heart" from the Rocky III and IV movie soundtracks.[8] He credits Sylvester Stallone for giving him the "opportunity of a lifetime" by using his song "Eye of the Tiger" in the Rocky III movie.[9]

In 1984, Sullivan and the band Survivor had a song on the movie soundtrack for The Karate Kid. The song was "The Moment of Truth".[10]

In 1999, Sullivan was featured on the VH1 television show, Where are They Now.[11]


With Survivor[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live in Tokyo (1985)
  • Extended Versions: The Encore Collection (2004)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Very Best of Survivor (1986)
  • Greatest Hits (1989)
  • Prime Cuts: The Classic Tracks (1998)
  • Survivor Special Selection (2000)
  • Fire in Your Eyes: Greatest Hits (2000)
  • Ultimate Survivor (2004)
  • The Best of Survivor (2006)
  • Playlist: The Very Best of Survivor (2009)
  • The Essential Survivor (2014)

Unofficial albums[edit]

  • Fire Makes Steel: The Demos (1996)


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Frankie Sullivan". AMG. Retrieved May 10, 2010.
  2. ^ "Frankie Sullivan". Frankie Sullivan. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Lombardo, Kayla (December 21, 2015). "Frankie Sullivan of Survivor talks Rocky, Muhammad Ali and more". Sports illustrated. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  4. ^ Jones, Tim (October 25, 2007). "Tiger Feat – The story of Gwwwoz". Record collector. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Survivor to catch your eye with success". Clearfield Progress. July 27, 1993. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  6. ^ Levine, Gerald (December 30, 1980). "Local rock band survives a hard climb to the top". Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  7. ^ "Survivor 2012: A Conversation With Frankie Sullivan". Technorati. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  8. ^ "Frankie Sullivan". IMDb. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  9. ^ Blair, Brian (August 20, 2019). "A Survivor in rock world". The Republic. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  10. ^ "Survivor to present concert". Joplin Globe. July 19, 1985. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  11. ^ "VH1 Where are they Now". Walla Walla Union Bulletin. January 7, 1999. Retrieved October 18, 2021.