White Lion started with Mike Tramp (vocals;previously in the Danish group Mabel - he was Danish by birth), and Vito Brata (ex-Dreamer; guitar). White Lion signed to a six-figure sum with Elektra' on their founding year with Felix Robinson (ex-Angel; bass) and Nicky Capozzi (drums) joining the line-up to record a debut in the form of Fight To Survive (1995). The record company, however, was unhappy and enacted a part of the contract that allowed them to ditch the effort and them along with it; it would be U.S. indie Grand Slam' who picked up the album for distribution from the Japanese edition of RCA-Victor' to re-release the album in 1986. By this time, however, James Lomenzo and Gregg D'Angelo replaced the bass and drum positions respectively in time to see the act sign a deal with Atlantic'.
Their follow-up Pride (1987) rose them above the crowd at the time and even featured two ballads in the form of Wait and When The Children Cry making U.S. 8 and 3 respectively. Despite the hit tracks, the highlight was clearly Tramp and his pretty boy looks coupled with the act's AOR sound. Not quite as commercial but nonetheless competent was their follow-up Game in 1989, an album featuring a cover of Golden Earring's Radar Love (getting U.S. 59). The album, however, failed to get as much of a commercial success as the predecessor and the group enlisted another rhythm section to the tune of Tommy T-Bone Carbadonna (ex-Alice Cooper) replacing Lomenzo, and Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-Y & T; drums) replacing D'Angelo in an attempt to correct the problem, but the resulting follow-up, Mane Attraction (1991), failed to showcase their best of their work, and despite belated chart positions of 61 U.S./31 U.K., Tramp shut the operation down in 1991 and went on to form Freak Of Nature.