This was the first Journey single with new lead vocalist Steve Perry, and not coincidentally, also their first single to chart.
The group released three album before Perry came on board. They sold modestly, but the group was not a singles band - they had more of a progressive rock sound with the vocals and lyrics secondary to the music. Perry brought them concise songs with big hooks, but he also delivered a signature vocal sound, first heard on "Wheel In The Sky." The song reached just #57 US, but this was long before Journey was established on pop radio. The next two Infinity
" and the Perry co-write "Lights
," also reached the lower half of the Hot 100. The group built on this success to become stadium rock superstars in the '80s.