On this day in music history: July 24, 1982 - “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks. Written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan, it is the biggest hit for the Chicago, IL based rock band. Originally formed in 1978 by former Ides Of March guitarist and leader Jim Peterik, the band is filled out with former Chase members (“Get It On”) Gary Smith (drums) and Dennis Keith Johnson (bass), guitarist Frankie Sullivan and lead singer Dave Bickler. The band sign to Scotti Brothers Records in 1979, releasing their self-titled debut (with Smith and Johnson leaving the band after the first album, being replaced by Stephan Ellis (bass) and Marc Droubay (drums) ), and the follow up “Premonition” to only minimal reaction. In late 1981 while Sylvester Stallone is working on the film “Rocky III”, he initially is using Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” as a temporary track in the film. When the band declines to let Stallone use the song in the film, he looks around for a replacement song. During this time, the actor hears Survivor’s single “Poor Man’s Son” from their second album “Premonition”. Liking what he hears, Stallone asks the band to come up with a new song with that feel. Peterik and Sullivan respond with the anthemic “Eye Of The Tiger”. Released as a single (the US single issued in a picture sleeve with the “Eye Of The Tiger” album cover artwork, and the UK single featuring a still image from the film with Stallone and Mr. T.) in May of 1982 in tandem with “Rocky III”, it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #73 on June 5, 1982, it climbs to the top of hte chart seven weeks later. “Tiger” wins Survivor a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1983, and earns songwriters Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. “Eye Of The Tiger” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
“These poor creatures. Molded by tyranny, saved by rage. Without justice, they cannot have redemption. They look to me for their salvation. The universe itself cries for justice. I am Atrocitus, Lord of the Red Lanterns. This is my burden… and my honor.”
In 2007, a Bowhead whale was discovered with the end of a harpoon left embedded in its neck from a previous hunt. It was found that the harpoon tip was originally manufactured in 1890, indicating the whale had survived a human attack more than a century ago.