Ross Valory

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Ross Valory
Valory with Journey on September 16, 2008
Background information
Born (1949-02-02) February 2, 1949 (age 68)
San Francisco
Genres Hard rock, rock
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, keyboards, guitar
Years active 1966-present
Associated acts Journey, The Storm, Steve Miller Band
Notable instruments
Jackson Concert, Music Man StingRay, Ovation Magnum, Peavey T-40

Ross Lamont Valory (born February 2, 1949) is an American musician, and the bass player for the rock band Journey. He and Neal Schon are the only remaining original members of the band, although he was absent from the band between 1985 and 1995. Valory will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Journey in 2017.[1]


Aside from his termination from the group during the Raised on Radio album sessions and subsequent tour in 1986, Valory has played on all of Journey's albums. For Raised on Radio, he was replaced on bass in the studio by Bob Glaub on three songs, while the remaining songs were played by future American Idol judge Randy Jackson, who also played on the subsequent tour.[2][page needed]

Valory grew up in Lafayette, California and attended Acalanes High School.

One of the innovations that Valory uses (it is not known if he is the inventor) is to string a four-string bass with the bottom four strings of a 5-string set. Thus, instead of the usual E-A-D-G arrangement, his bass is strung as B-E-A-D. This adds the five string depth to the songs, while allowing the quick fingering of a four-string neck.

Valory also plays keyboards and guitar.

Valory also played for The Vu, The Storm, Frumious Bandersnatch and the Steve Miller Band.


  1. ^ "Inductees: Journey". Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Daniels, Neil (2012). Don't Stop Believin': The Untold Story Of Journey. ISBN 978-1849386579. He was joined by guitarist David Denny, drummer Jack King and bassist Bobby Winkelman, all of whom would become members of the Steve Miller Band. In fact it was Jim Nixon, the manager of Frumious Bandersnatch, who would introduce the... 

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Preceded by
Journey bass-guitarist
Succeeded by
Bob Glaub
Preceded by
Randy Jackson
Journey bass-guitarist
1995 – present
Succeeded by