10 Facts About Ross Valory


Ross Lamont Valory was born on February 2,1949 and is an American musician who is best known as the original bass player for the rock band Journey from 1973 to 1985 and again from 1995 to 2020.


Ross Valory was born on February 2,1949, in San Francisco, California.


Ross Valory grew up in Lafayette, California, and attended Acalanes High School.


Ross Valory's mother introduced him to jazz, particularly Dave Brubeck.


Ross Valory played with Frumious Bandersnatch followed by Steve Miller Band appearing on Rock Love.


Ross Valory was joined by guitarist David Denny, drummer Jack King and bassist Bobby Winkelman, all of whom would become members of the Steve Miller Band.


Ross Valory later joined the Golden Gate Rhythm Section which was later renamed to Journey.


Ross Valory has played on all of Journey's albums except 1986's Raised on Radio and 2022's Freedom.


One of Ross Valory's techniques is to string a four-string bass with the bottom four strings of a 5-string set.


Ross Valory recorded Escape with an Ovation Magnum II, used a Peavey and a Steinberger for Frontiers, and a Fender Jazz up until the Departure album.