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White Lion was a hard rock/heavy metal music band of the 1980s and early 1990s. The band was formed in New York City in 1984 by Denmark-born vocalist Mike Tramp. After moving from Denmark, Mike met guitarist Vito Bratta, forming a band.

Later, the band grew to include drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson. The band was signed by a small label called Grand Slam records in January 1985. While recording the song The Road to Valhalla, both Capozzi and Robinson left the band. Nicki Capozzi was replaced by Dan Spitz, and Felix Robinson was replaced by James Lomenzo. Within a month of joining, Dan spitz left and was replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D'Angelo.

The band then finished their debut album, Fight to Survive, which was released on November 9, 1985. A few months later, Grand Slam records went bankrupt.

In 1986, White Lion, with a fictitious "female" member, had a brief part in the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long movie The Money Pit. Early in 1987, the band was signed by Atlantic Records. By then, their debut album was out of print and extremely hard to find.

On June 21, 1987, their second album, Pride, was released (the same day as Keel's Keel album, and Helix's Wild in The Streets) The first single from Pride was 'Wait/Don't Give Up, released on June 1, 1987. However, it took seven months before the song became a hit.

The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80s band Frehley's Comet. In September 1987, White Lion became the opening band for KISS (who had just started their Crazy Nights tour).

White Lion spent the rest of 1987 on tour with KISS. In January 1988 started opening for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video tour.

While opening for AC/DC, the Pride album and Wait single finally charted. Wait hit #8 on the singles chart, while Pride stalled at #11 on the album chart.

In August 1988, the album's second single Tell Me stopped at #58. Around the time this single was released, White Lion played at the Ritz club in New York City. Like Guns N' Roses, White Lion's show at the Ritz was filmed and later aired on MTV.

White Lion concluded the Pride tour by opening for Stryper from September 1988 to February 1989 during Stryper's In God We Trust tour. The Pride album's third single When The Children Cry made it to #3, making Pride one of about 18 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits.

In August 1989, White Lion released their third album Big Game. This was followed, in 1991, by Mane Attraction. Unfortunately, by the end of 1991, White Lion had broken up.

As an afterthought, Atlantic Records released the Best of White Lion compilation album in 1992. It must be noted that the song "Radar Love" was included in this album, a cover considered by many, one of the best ever made.

In 1993, bassist James Lomenzo joined former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in a band called Pride and Glory, while vocalist Mike Tramp started a solo career.

Towards the end of 2003, Mike Tramp said that White Lion was planning to reunite. This statement was quickly denied by the other members.


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This statement was quickly denied by the other members. Pal Whiteman died at the age of 77 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Towards the end of 2003, Mike Tramp said that White Lion was planning to reunite. After he disbanded his Orchestra, in the 1940s and 1950s Whiteman worked as a music director for the ABC Radio Network. In 1993, bassist James Lomenzo joined former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in a band called Pride and Glory, while vocalist Mike Tramp started a solo career. In 1931, Whiteman married motion picture actress Margaret Livingston. It must be noted that the song "Radar Love" was included in this album, a cover considered by many, one of the best ever made. Bing Crosby got his start singing with the Whiteman Orchestra.

As an afterthought, Atlantic Records released the Best of White Lion compilation album in 1992. While Whiteman gave them very limited chances to improvise, he paid them top salaries and encouraged them to make small band jam recordings on the side. Unfortunately, by the end of 1991, White Lion had broken up. Whiteman appreciated jazz musicians and hired many of the best white jazz men for his band, including Bix Beiderbecke, Frankie Trumbauer, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Steve Brown, Gussie Mueller, Jack Teagarden, and Bunny Berigan. This was followed, in 1991, by Mane Attraction. Whiteman commissioned George Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue, which was premiered by Whiteman's Orchestra with Gershwin at the piano in 1924. In August 1989, White Lion released their third album Big Game. Whiteman claimed that he was "making a lady out of jazz".

The Pride album's third single When The Children Cry made it to #3, making Pride one of about 18 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits. While it is easy to sneer at Whiteman in retrospect, his notions were critically popular and commercially successful at the time, and Whiteman's music was often the first jazz of any form that some people heard. White Lion concluded the Pride tour by opening for Stryper from September 1988 to February 1989 during Stryper's In God We Trust tour. While today most fans of jazz consider improvisation to be essential to the musical style, Whiteman thought it sloppy and uncouth, and thought the music could be improved by eliminating it, except occasionally in elaborate arrangements. Like Guns N' Roses, White Lion's show at the Ritz was filmed and later aired on MTV. Others reject thses notions, and regard Whiteman's music as an interesting development in jazz history. Around the time this single was released, White Lion played at the Ritz club in New York City. In the late 1920s and early 1930s Whiteman billed himself as The King of Jazz (see: Jazz royalty), though much of what his band played hasn't been considered "true" jazz by later generations.

In August 1988, the album's second single Tell Me stopped at #58. In the late 1920s he recorded for Columbia Records. Wait hit #8 on the singles chart, while Pride stalled at #11 on the album chart. Whiteman's became the most popular band leader of the decade. While opening for AC/DC, the Pride album and Wait single finally charted. In 1920 he moved his band to New York City where they started making recordings for Victor Records which propelled Whiteman and his band to national prominence. In January 1988 started opening for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video tour. He started out as a classical violinist and violist, then started leading a jazz-influenced dance band which became locally popular in San Francisco, California in 1918.

White Lion spent the rest of 1987 on tour with KISS. Whiteman was born in Denver, Colorado. In September 1987, White Lion became the opening band for KISS (who had just started their Crazy Nights tour). Paul Whiteman (March 28, 1890 - December 29, 1967) was a popular United States orchestral leader. The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80s band Frehley's Comet. However, it took seven months before the song became a hit.

On June 21, 1987, their second album, Pride, was released (the same day as Keel's Keel album, and Helix's Wild in The Streets) The first single from Pride was 'Wait/Don't Give Up, released on June 1, 1987. By then, their debut album was out of print and extremely hard to find. Early in 1987, the band was signed by Atlantic Records. In 1986, White Lion, with a fictitious "female" member, had a brief part in the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long movie The Money Pit.

A few months later, Grand Slam records went bankrupt. The band then finished their debut album, Fight to Survive, which was released on November 9, 1985. Within a month of joining, Dan spitz left and was replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D'Angelo. Nicki Capozzi was replaced by Dan Spitz, and Felix Robinson was replaced by James Lomenzo.

While recording the song The Road to Valhalla, both Capozzi and Robinson left the band. The band was signed by a small label called Grand Slam records in January 1985. Later, the band grew to include drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson. After moving from Denmark, Mike met guitarist Vito Bratta, forming a band.

The band was formed in New York City in 1984 by Denmark-born vocalist Mike Tramp.
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