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Frank Michael "Frankie" Sullivan III (born 1 February 1955) is an American guitarist and songwriter. Best known for being a founding member of the band Survivor,[1] he has been the only permanent fixture in its lineup since the band's 1977 inception.[2]

Frankie Sullivan
Sullivan (right) with Jimi Jamison at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2013
Background information
Birth nameFrank Michael Sullivan III
Born (1955-02-01) 1 February 1955 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation(s)Guitarist, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, Vocals
Years active1976–present
Associated actsSurvivor

Along with former bandmate, keyboardist and vocalist Jim Peterik, Sullivan co-wrote all of the group's hits, including "Eye of the Tiger"[3] and "Burning Heart" from the Rocky III and IV movie soundtracks.[4]

According to pianist and keyboardist Jimmy Tranchitella of Northlake, Illinois, Sullivan's musical career began in his early teens. As he sat in on local garage-band practices and assisted with equipment changes, band members began to observe his serious interest, eventually allowing him to play guitar after practice.[citation needed]

He was a member of the hard rock band Mariah in 1976.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Frankie Sullivan". AMG. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Frankie Sullivan". Frankie Sullivan. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Survivor 2012: A Conversation With Frankie Sullivan". Technorati. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Frankie Sullivan". IMBD. Retrieved 12 November 2013.