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Eric Carmen

Eric Carmen has amassed an impressive amount of hit singles over his long career, whether it be as a member of the influential power pop outfit the Raspberries, as a solo artist, or as a songwriter for others. Born on August 11, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, Carmen began his musical training at an early age -- by the age of six, he was taking violin lessons, and by 11, he was playing piano and penning his own original compositions. With his discovery of the Beatles during the early '60s, Carmen's attention shifted toward rock & roll, as he began playing piano and singing with high school bands. It was while Carmen was a student at John Carroll University that he joined a local group called Cyrus Erie, who, apart from issuing several obscure singles for Epic Records, failed to leave much of an impact outside of the local region.

But when another popular local rock outfit, the Choir, split up, Carmen and another Cyrus Erie member, guitarist Wally Bryson, joined forces with former Choir members Dave Smalley (bass) and Jim Bonfanti (drums), which led to the formation of the Raspberries. Mixing rockers (that combined the melody of the Beatles and the guitar riffs of the Who) with lush ballads, the quartet quickly created a buzz, which resulted in a recording contract with Capitol. Right off the bat, the quartet scored a massive hit single with the infectious "Go All the Way" (taken from their self-titled 1972 debut), which peaked at number five on the singles charts. Despite issuing further solid albums (1972's Fresh, 1973's Side Three, and 1974's Starting Over), the group became known first and foremost as a "singles" act, as their albums failed to match the chart success of such further hit singles as "I Wanna Be with You," "Let's Pretend," and "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)." With Carmen's increasing frustration with the group, the Raspberries split up in 1975 (it wasn't long, however, before other groups began translating the Raspberries' sound/approach into their own hits, especially Cheap Trick and the Knack, among countless others).

Immediately thereafter, Carmen inked a solo deal with Arista. Instead of following in the Raspberries' power pop direction, he opted for a more mature, singer/songwriter/ballad style, as evidenced by his self-titled 1975 debut. The shift in musical styles soon reaped rewards for Carmen, as it spawned two big hits -- "All by Myself" and "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" -- while the album almost cracked the Top 20. Despite a strong start to his solo career, the hits soon dried up, as such subsequent albums as 1977's Boats Against the Current, 1978's Change of Heart, and 1980's Tonight You're Mine each sold less than its predecessor. Carmen sunk from sight for several years, but penned the Top Ten hit power ballad "Almost Paradise" (from the incredibly popular 1984 Footloose [Original Soundtrack]), sung by Heart's Ann Wilson and Loverboy's Mike Reno.

With the single proving that a large audience still existed for Carmen-penned ballads, the singer resurfaced a year later with his first solo album in five years -- the second self-titled release of his career. While it did spawn a moderate hit with the single "I Wanna Hear It from Your Lips," the album failed to move up the charts. But it was another movie soundtrack, 1987's Dirty Dancing, that would land Carmen his next big hit, the Top Ten "Hungry Eyes." Carmen scored another hit a year later, "Make Me Lose Control," and also toured as part of the Dirty Dancing concert tour. When the tour wound up, Carmen pulled a disappearing act once more, yet throughout the '90s, a wide variety of renowned artists covered songs of his, including Babes in Toyland, Peter Cetera, Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, and Diana Ross, among others. 1998 saw Carmen issue his first solo full-length in 13 years, the Japanese release Winter Dreams (released in the U.S. as I Was Born to Love You a year later), while rumors began to swirl regarding an impending Raspberries reunion tour. While it was true that all four original Raspberries members met up in early 1999, and three of them performed a few months later in Cleveland at a party, a reunion ultimately failed to materialize until 2005 when the original quartet reunited for a show at L.A.'s House of Blues. The show was released in 2007 as Live on Sunset Strip. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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GREAT SONG ....
toni1236
No songs like this anymore
Musicianship - Not heard today in pop music. Keep it going Carmen! There are those of us who still love MUSIC! Loved the Raspberries. The sentiment of this song is for real too.
Another Timeless Classic
Greatest Gift
This song is just out of this world its so amazing
james.wilson 4 9
Pretty song. Strong connections for me since this was playing when I first hit adolescence. That whole holey smokes women are DIFFERENT and I got to get one. I like the fact that he lists Rachmaninoff as a cowriter.
Anybody remember the video for this song? It was awesome!!
It's funny to think I used to blast this outta my convertible back in the day. Ha!
To All my female friends. ....
I love Eric Carmen, Hungry Eyes!!!!
I got this feeling that wont subside, I look at you and I fantasize your mine tonight,... this song that part reminds me of a man I was majorly crushing on at my old church,
i feel the love between us . ...
tell me what know ….
that it is ….
hungry eyes ...
love eyes….
gloria820
Enjoy his all by myself really makes you think
This song is ultra-80s sounding
haha! no way, throw a T in there and it's Eric T cartman ha
hitequila77
Ohhhh geeeez!!!! My eyes are "growling" for YOU sweetheart. Damn, I've got Hungry Eyes! I wanna eat and kiss YOU all over. Hee hee
pinkkflor
Ahhh this song brings back good memories. Definitely in memory lane whenever i hear this song!
Great music from Eric Carmen!
I love this song!!!
Dirty Dancing
Oh My... This song is a part of Me. So many memories..
Liked ecstasy and boats against the current. Best years for music ever.
Best song ever
Hungry Eyes!! sounds fun. lol. love this song!!
Have always loved Eric Carmen. He is blessed with an amazing voice. Heard their old hit TONIGHT on Pandora. This song could hold it's own in today's pop/rock market. You still have got it Eric baby!
Even in the extended improvisatio n a l bridge, he shows Rachmaninoff ' s influence but it's done quite well.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Used to just sit and listen All by myself! What a great time. Eric's multi talented history was a real joy to listen to!
juvoff31
Blue Streak, 3.2 beer 1969 'nuf said.
I love his music and his voice!!!!
Yes, He's a talented musician ! But some of my fondest memories are when Eric played & sang along with his band at my high school ! (Maple Hts. High ) They gave a performance as the Raspberries, playing in the spacious gym.
So much fun . This was probably early 70's.
One of the best songs that defined the 80's. Everytime I hear this song, I wished I was in the eighties.
Ya just gotta love Eric....OMG I was 12 and my BF Kim and I use to sing it all the time.... .If only we REALLY understood what it was about...LOL
awesome
Classic from Dirty Dancing. HOT. What ever happened to this guy?
This song is beautiful. It's my first time hearing this version. But I'm used to Celine Dion's version. I like this better though
I always liked the Rasberries when I was younger;now I understand that Eric Carman was the singer.
"All By Myself"...re a l l y brings back a special time...could really relate to that one...even to this day......sup e r talent at songwritin.
One look at you and I cant disguise I've got.. Hungry Eyes
I've got "Hungry Eyes."
kmay63
All by myself - the best..
I remember The Raspberrys,g o o d group,this guy is good,goes way back with my memories..Th a n k s Pandora
Not to be confused with Eric Cartman...
i love this song
I agree.
love his work, very underrated, not received the full credit for the value of his work.

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