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Stephan Ellis (Survivor) Bio, Wiki, Age, Cause of Death, Family, Net Worth, Songs

Feb. 28th, 2019 - Former Survivor Bassist Dies

Stephan Ellis Bio, Wiki

Ellis joined Survivor Music Band in 1981 following the loss of their original bass player. The other members of Survivor had decamped to Los Angeles to audition new members. After seeing Ellis play with a band named Baxter at a roller ink, they approached him about a formal tryout. Ellis showed up promptly at 9:30 a.m. the next morning for his successful audition. Shortly afterward, the band began working on the album “Premonition,” which would lead to their presence on the soundtrack for Rocky III as the album made Sylvester Stallone a fan.

Ellis first joined Survivor in 1981 and left for the first time in 1988. During his first run in the band, he played bass on the band’s major hit, “Eye of the Tiger,” the lead song for Rocky III. Ellis would return to the band in 1996 before leaving again in 1999. His most notable musical contribution after leaving Survivor came when Ellis produced Samantha Fox’s 2005 album “Angel With an Attitude.” Ellis also played bass on David Glen Eisley’s 2000 album, “Stranger From the Past.” He left the Band in 1988.

Prior to his time Survivor, Ellis released two albums, “Riding on the Crest of a Slump” and “Why Not?” with his own band, Ellis, according to his All Music profile. Ellis is listed as the vocalist on those albums.

Stephan Ellis Death and Cause

Stephan Ellis died on February 28th, 2019 according to the Band’s Facebook post. The band’s statement was written by guitarist Frankie Sullivan.

Sullivan wrote in tribute to Ellis, “What I remember most and clearly recall is the day when we cut “Keep It Right Here.” The Bass part and lines in the intro just folded into the mix and it was the bass part that inspired me to reach higher on my guitar. We cut our tracks together, live in the studio. Steph’s runs on the neck of that blue bass are as memorable as the song itself.” Ellis’ cause of death was not made public.

We are devastated to hear that Stephan Ellis has passed away. Steph was the guy who was only interested in the music. …

Posted by Survivor Band on Thursday, February 28, 2019

Another former Survivor member, Jim Peterik, paid tribute to Ellis in a Facebook post, writing that he had felt Ellis was “bulletproof, immortal.” Peterik added, “Stephan was the genuine rock ‘n’ roll article. He had the look, the attitude and his aggressive style on his Fender Precision bass that helped define what would become the signature sound of Survivor.”

The message on my Facebook page from Stephan Ellis’ cousin, Jessica Joy hit me like a shot. She told me that Stephan had…

Posted by Jim Peterik on Friday, March 1, 2019

 

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