Eye of the tiger Survivor
Song Title: Eye of the tiger
Date of release: May 29, 1982
Description: ” Eye of the Tiger ” is by Survivor, the American rock group. Taken from the group’s third Album by the same name.
Released as a single in 1982, the song is famous as being the theme tune to Rocky III starring Sylvester Stallone, the American actor.
Sylvester Stallone originally intended for the Queen song ” Another one bites the dust ” as the theme for the film.
However permission was denied by Queen and so an alternative was needed, Frankie Sullivan and Jim Peterik from the Chicago based group Survivor were approached by Sylvester to write for the film.
Sylvester sent the group a cassette of the film ( Remember those ) and some direction, he asked for ” something with a strong beat “. He wanted it to appeal to the rock crowd.
There is a difference in the version that was used for the film and the version used on the Album. The film version was actually the demo and also contained tiger growls along with the original group’s lead singer Dave Bickler.
” Eye of the Tiger ” enjoyed a large amount of radio play and went on to top the charts Worldwide in 1982. A massive success in the United States where it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and stayed on top for six weeks. In 1982 the RIAA ( Recording Industry Association of America ) certified the song platinum in August of that year with sales in the region of 2 Million vinyl copies of the single sold.
By February 2015, ” Eye of the Tiger ” has sales of 4.1 Million digital downloads in the US, the song was voted the 63rd hard rock song by VH1.
Combining the sales of both vinyl as the original release and sales of the new digital format the total sales are somewhere in the region of 9 Million copies.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 3, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 2, Canada (CHUM) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Denmark (IFPI) 8, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (IFOP) 3, Germany (Official German Charts) 13,
Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 3, Japan (Oricon International Chart) 1, Japan (Oricon Singles Chart) 10, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2,
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 6, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 4, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Poland (LP3) 24, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 1,
Spain (AFYVE) 5, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 5, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 6
Official Website: Survivorband.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/survivortheband
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Survivor