Jonathan Cain

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born on 26/2/1950 in Chicago, IL, United States

Alias Jonathan Leonard Friga

Jonathan Cain

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Jonathan Cain
Born February 26 1950
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Jonathan Cain (born Jonathan Leonard Friga, February 26, 1950, Chicago, Illinois) is an American musician, best known for his work with The Babys, Journey and Bad English.

Early life

At the age of eight Cain began accordion lessons, and by the time he was in his teens he was playing accordion and piano at parties and in clubs. He also plays guitar, bass and harmonica. Cain attended East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Illinois. He was a survivor of the Our Lady of the Angels School Fire of 1958, in which 95 students and nuns died.[1] He later attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music before moving to Nashville, Tennessee for a time and then eventually to Los Angeles, California.[2]


In 1976, Cain released his first record as the Jonathan Cain Band, Windy City Breakdown, on Bearsville Records. In 1979, he joined The Babys, appearing on their albums Union Jacks and On the Edge. In 1980 Cain left The Babys to join the rock band Journey, taking Gregg Rolie's place on keyboards. Cain aided Journey's rise to the top of the charts with his first collaborations on the album Escape, composing and playing the piano on songs such as "Don't Stop Believin'", described by Allmusic as "one of the best opening keyboard riffs in rock".[3] Perhaps his most notable contribution was as sole author of the classic Journey ballad "Faithfully", a song about life on the road while in a band. Cain would go on to appear on at least 13 other Journey albums and compilations. When singer Steve Perry left Journey in 1987, all of the band's members went their separate ways.

The song Working Class Man sung by Jimmy Barnes is one of Cain's compositions and is considered to be Barnes' signature song.

Cain would reunite with former Babys bandmates John Waite and Ricky Phillips, fellow Journey bandmate Neal Schon, and future Journey drummer Deen Castronovo to form the band Bad English. The band released two albums before disbanding in the early 1990s.

In 1996, the Journey lineup from the album Escape was reunited. They reformed and recorded the album Trial by Fire. Steve Perry then left the band again in 1998, after suffering a hip injury while hiking in Hawaii that required surgery. Journey has continued on with three subsequent lead singers Steve Augeri from 1998 to 2006, Jeff Scott Soto from 2006 to 2007, and current frontman Arnel Pineda from 2007 to present. Cain remains a primary contributor with the band and is still recording and touring through 2010.

In addition to his notable work with Journey, Cain has released eight solo albums and contributed to solo albums by fellow Journey member Neal Schon.


Cain has been married twice. His first wife was singer Tané Cain. In 1989 he married his current wife, Elizabeth Yvette Fullerton, with whom he has three children, Madison (1993), Liza and Weston (1996). Jonathan Cain currently resides in a suburb of Nashville, TN.

Solo discography

  • Windy City Breakdown (1977) Bearsville/Wounded Bird Records.
  • Back to the Innocence (1995) Intersound Records.
  • Piano with a View (1995) Higher Octave Records.
  • Body Language (1997) Higher Octave Records.
  • For a Lifetime (1998) Higher Octave Records.
  • Namaste (2001) Wildhorse Records.
  • Anthology (2001) One Way Records.
  • Animated Movie Love Songs (2002) One Way Records.
  • Bare Bones (2004) AAO Records.
  • Where I Live (2006) AAO Records.


He has received two BMI songwriter awards, both for songs co-written with Steve Perry, "Open Arms" and "Who's Crying Now". The Journey song, "When You Love a Woman", which he co-wrote with Perry and Schon, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997.

See also

  • List of celebrities who own wineries and vineyards


  1. The Jonathan Cain Picture Pages
  3. [Jonathan Cain at All Music Guide Allmusic]

External links

  • Jonathan Cain Official Site
  • Jonathan Cain at MySpace
  • The Babys Official Unofficial Archives and Chronological History

Steve Augeri | Neal Schon | Ross Valory | Deen Castronovo | Jonathan Cain
Steve Perry | Steve Smith | Mike Baird | Randy Jackson | Gregg Rolie | Aynsley Dunbar | Robert Fleischman | George Tickner | Prairie Prince
Studio albums: Journey | Look into the Future | Next | Infinity | Evolution | Departure | Dream After Dream | Escape | Frontiers | Raised on Radio | Trial by Fire | Arrival | Red 13 | Generations
Live albums: Captured | Greatest Hits Live
Compilations: In the Beginning | Greatest Hits | The Ballade | Time 3 | The Essential Journey | The Journey Continues | Open Arms~Greatest Hits
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