White Lionwas active in the 1980's and early 1990's. The group was formed in New York City in 1983 by Mike Tramp (vocalist), and Vito Bratta (guitar player). Mike Tramp was Danish born and moved to New York from Denmark in 1982. He was a former member of the Studs, and Mabel. He met Brooklyn guitarist, Vito Bratta, who was a former of the group, Dreamer, and decided to form a band. They recruited Niki Capozzi (drummer), and Felix Robinson (bass guitar player and former member of the group Angel). Together they named the group, White Lion. The group signed on with Elektra Records in 1983 and recorded their debut album, Fight To Survive. Elektra terminated their contract because they were not satisfied with the final recording, and they also refused to release the album. Capozzi and Robinson left the group and were replaced with Greg D’Angelo (drummer), former member of the group, Anthrax, and David Spitz (bass player). David Spitz left within a month to join the group, Black Sabbath, and was replaced by James Lomenz.
RCA picked up their album, Fight To Survive, and released it in Japan in 1984. The record label Grand Slamm, which was a small independent company, released Fight to Survive in the United states in November, 1985. Grand Slamm records went bankrupt a few months later. In 1986, White Lion appeared briefly in the movie, The Money Pit, which starred Tom Hanks and Shelly Long. In 1987, the group signed on with Atlantic Records, and in June, 1987, they released their breakthrough album, Pride. Their first single, Wait, was released in June, 1987. It took about seven months for the song to take hold and go somewhere. They started a tour to promote Pride in July, 1987. The group was the opening act for Frehley’s Comet. They toured for the next year and a half with other artists such as Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Stryper, KISS, and AC/DC. Their song Wait, hit number 8 on the singles chart and the album, Pride, hit number 11 on the album charts.
In 1988, the group had their second single, Tell Me, which hit number 58. When the Children Cry was the group’s third single and it reached number 3 with the help of heavy MTV rotation. Pride became one of about 20 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits. Over 2 million Pride albums were sold. The group went on to release several more albums and their final show was in 1991 in Boston. The group had 13 different members at one time or another. They released 9 different albums and several singles.
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