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“Don’t Stop Believin’” is a popular song by the American rock band Journey, originally released as a single from their 1981 album Escape, which became a #9 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on its original release. In the United Kingdom, the song was not a Top 40 hit on its original release; however, it did reach #6 on a 2009 re-release, having gained increased popularity through its use on television.
Allmusic has described “Don’t Stop Believin’” as “an anthem for the young who wanted to feel free and unrestricted”, featuring “one of the best opening keyboard riffs in rock.” As of November 2011, it is the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history. It is generally considered to be Journey’s signature song.
Ross Lamont Valory (born February 2, 1949 in San Francisco) is Journey’s noted bass player. He and Neal Schon are the only original members of the band still performing with the group. Aside from his termination from the group during the Raised on Radio album sessions (and subsequent tour) in 1986, Ross has played on all of Journey’s albums. For Raised on Radio, he was replaced on bass in the studio by Bob Glaub on three songs, while the remaining songs were played by future American Idol judge Randy Jackson, who also played on the subsequent tour.
Valory grew up in Lafayette, CA and attended Acalanes High School.
One of the innovations that Valory uses (it is not known if he is the inventor) is to string a four-string bass with the bottom four strings of a 5-string set. Thus, instead of the usual E-A-D-G arrangement, his bass is strung as B-E-A-D. This adds the five string depth to the songs, while allowing the quick fingering of a four-string neck.
He also plays keyboards and guitar.
Ross Valory also played for The Vu, The Storm, Frumious Bandersnatch and the Steve Miller Band.