Journey Co-Founder George Tickner Dead At 76

By Logan DeLoye

July 5, 2023

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Journey rhythm guitarist and co-founder Dr. George Tickner has died at age 76. Neal Schon shared the news of his former bandmates' death on Facebook saying:

"Dear George

'Of a Lifetime' is still one of my favorite songs ever. RIP brother God Speed."

Journey was formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California, but Tickner's musical endeavors did not start there. Born on September 8, 1946, in Syracuse, New York, Tickner joined a psychedelic rock group called Frumious Bandersnatch in 1967 with fellow Journey founder and bassist Ross Valory. According to Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Tickner co-wrote three songs off of Journey's first album including, "Of a Lifetime," "Mystery Mountain," and instrumental track, "Topaz."

After the release of the band's self-titled debut album, Tickner left to earn his PhD at Stanford Medical School. Though he separated from the band before their world-renowned success in the 80's, Tickner did not exit the music world entirely. Years after his departure, he partnered with Valory once again to build a recording studio in Los Angeles where Tickner, Valory, and Journey keyboardist Stevie Roseman recorded a handful of tracks throughout the 2000's and released an album in 2005 titled, Cinema.

Dear George “Of a Lifetime” is still one of my favorite songs ever. RIP brother God Speed ✝️🙏🏽

Posted by Neal Schon on Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Information regarding a cause of death has yet to be revealed as family, friends, and Journey fans mourn the loss of the late, great, guitarist, backing vocalist, songwriter, and doctor.

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