Jim Peterik (born November 11, 1950 Berwyn, Illinois) is an American musician and songwriter. Jim is best known as one of the members in the band,Survivor and as vocalist and songwriter of the hit song “Vehicle” by The Ides of March. He also co-wrote the anthem “Eye of the Tiger,” which is the theme from the motion picture Rocky III.
Over the years, Jim has co-written songs for the likes of .38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackhawk, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Cathy Richardson, Van Zant, Brian Wilson, and R.E.O. Speedwagon. He is currently fronting a new band, Pride of Lions, and has a regular series of yearly concert performances with an all-star cast which are known as World Stage.
Peterik started performing in 1964 with some of his schoolmates in Berwyn, Illinois, as The Ides of March created by Larry Milas, “after learning about it in history class,” Milas stated. Their hits included “Vehicle,” “You Wouldn’t Listen” and “L.A. Goodbye” throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s.
In the early 1970s Peterik wrote several songs which were recorded by the jazz-rock band Chase.