In 1978 Juan Croucier replaced Peter Baltes as another temporary bassist; that same year the band released the singles "Hard Rock Woman", and "Paris is Burning".
In 1981 the band released the album "Breaking the Chains" in Europe, which was re-mastered and re-released by Electra Records in the US in 1983. While the band was very popular in Europe by then, they had yet to manage to chart in the US.
Juan Croucier left Dokken in 1982 to join the band Ratt, and was replaced by Jeff Pilson who became their first official bassist.
1984 was Dokken's breakout year in the US with the release of the album "Tooth and Nail", which contained several hit songs ("Into the Fire", "Just Got Lucky", and "Alone Again"). The album would go on to sell over one million copies in the US alone.
In 1985 the album "Under Lock and Key" also sold over a million copies with hits like "In my Dreams" and "It's Not Love".
1987 saw the release of "Back for the attack" (another million album release) as well as tour as part of Monsters of Rock.
Recordings from their tour in Japan led to 1988's release of "Beast from the East" just before the band broke up due to creative differences between Don and George.
The band reunited in 1992, but didn't release an album until "Disfunctional" in 1995 with Columbia Records, "One Live Night" (a live accousitical album) was released in 1996 by the CMC label, along with "Shadowlife" in 1997.
In 1998 George left the band and was replaced by Reb Beach of the band Winger, releasing "Erase the Slate" in 1999 and "Live from the Sun" in 2000.
In 2002 Reb Beach was replaced by John Norum (formerly with the band Europe, and Jeff Pilson was replaced by Barry Sparks on bass. 2002 also saw the release of the album "Long Way Home".
Official Original Lineup:
Don Dokken (vocals), "Wild" Mick Brown (drums), George Lynch (guitar), Jeff Pilsons (bass).
Don Dokken (vocals),"Wild" Mick Brown (drums), Alex DeRosso (guitar), Barry Sparks (bass).