|Vito's Band "White Lion" was formed in Brooklyn, New
York, during 1983, by Mike Tramp and Vito Bratta. After a series
of false starts, they signed
to Elektra Records with Felix
Robinson and Dave Capozzi (drums) completing the line-up. However,
the label was unhappy with the recording of Fight To Survive and after
refusing to release the album, terminated their contract. RCA Records
picked up the release option and the album finally surfaced in Japan in
1984. By this stage, James LoMenzo and Gregg D'Angelo had taken over bass
and drums, respectively, on a permanent basis. The album did in fact meet
with favorable reviews, some critics comparing Mike Tramp to David Lee
Roth and Vito Bratta to Eddie Van Halen, others likening the songs to
those of Europe, Dokken or Journey.|
Signing to Atlantic Records, they released Pride, which developed their
own identity, in particular Mike Tramp's characteristically watery
falsetto style. The album catapulted them from obscurity to stardom,
climbing to number 11 during its year long stay on the Billboard album
chart. It also spawned two US Top 10 hits with "Wait" (number 8, February
1988) and "When The Children Cry" (number 3, November 1988). Big Game was
a disappointing follow-up.
LoMenzo and D'Angelo quit owing to "musical differences" shortly after the album's release and were replaced by Tommy "T-Bone" Caradonna (bass, ex-Alice Cooper) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums, ex-Y&T). The band eventually broke-up, with Tramp going on to form Freak Of Nature.
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