Eric Carmen

Knowledge Identifier: +Eric_Carmen


Eric Carmen

American singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist add

Category: Music

Born in 1949.

Countries: United States (64%), United Kingdom (8%), (8%)

Main connections: Jim Bonfanti, Dirty Dancing, Idris Muhammad

Linked to: Cleveland Institute of Music, John Carroll University, Cleveland Orchestra, Jews




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Eric Carmen was born in 1949 add something


When Cyrus Erie and the Choir collapsed at the end of the 1960s, Carmen, Bryson, Bonfanti and Smalley teamed up to form Raspberries, a rock and roll band who were among the chief exponents of the power pop style add something


Hugh McCracken - Especially in demand in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, McCracken appeared on many recordings by Steely Dan, as well as albums by Donald Fagen, Jimmy Rushing, Billy Joel, Roland Kirk, Roberta Flack, B. B. King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Monkees, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Idris Muhammad, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Bob Dylan, Linda McCartney, Carly Simon, Graham Parker, Yoko Ono, Eric Carmen, Loudon Wainwright III, Lou Donaldson, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, The Four Seasons, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Hank Crawford, Jerry Jemmott and Gary Wright


Cyrus Erie guitarist Wally Bryson had been playing with friends Jim Bonfanti and Dave Smalley in one of Cleveland's most popular bands, the Choir, which scored a minor national hit in 1967 with the single "It's Cold Outside" add something


Carmen himself has stated that he planned to write new harder-edged songs for the band to perform in the same vein as those that the Raspberries performed in the 1970s add something


He scored numerous hit songs across the 1970s and 1980s, first as a member of the Raspberries , and with his solo career, including hits such as "All By Myself", "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again", "She Did It", "Hungry Eyes", and "Make Me Lose Control" add something


Jim Bonfanti - In 1970, Jim, Wally Bryson, Dave Smalley and Eric Carmen formed Raspberries who made four albums, eight singles, many road trips , national and international success, including a gold record for their major hit "Go All The Way"


In 1975, after the breakup of Raspberries, he started his solo career, de-emphasizing harder rock elements in favor of soft rock and power ballads, which were already the hallmark of Carmen tracks on Raspberries albums add something


Two years after its 1975 release, this self-titled album was certified Gold in 1977 for sales of more than 500,000 copies add something


Piano Concerto No. 2 (Rachmaninoff) - The "Adagio sostenuto" theme appears in Eric Carmen's 1975 ballad "All by Myself"


His first two solo singles were chart hits in 1976 add something


It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in April 1976 add something


Carmen's second album, "Boats Against the Current" came out in the summer of 1977 and received strong reviews add something


For several weeks in the fall of 1977, Carmen had three compositions charting concurrently on the Billboard Hot 100, Cassidy's two big hits and Carmen's own "She Did It add something


Bruce Johnston - Also in 1977, he vocal arranged and sang back-up vocals on Eric Carmen's LP, "Boats Against the Current", and can be clearly heard on the hit single, "She Did It", which he vocal arranged


Despite declining chart fortunes, the single "Change of Heart" broke into the Pop Top 20 and reached number 6 at AC in late 1978, with this hit being covered by Samantha Sang on her Emotion LP. But in 1980, after the release of the album "Tonight You're Mine" and single "It Hurts Too Much" he temporarily withdrew from the music industry add something


However, Shaun Cassidy again made the Top 10 in 1978 with Carmen's "Hey Deanie add something


Carmen's hit-making course surged again in the late 1980s add something


Four years later, after Mike Reno and Ann Wilson topped the charts with the Carmen-penned ballad "Almost Paradise" , Eric resurfaced on Geffen Records in 1985 with a second self-titled album and a sizeable comeback hit "I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips" add something


In 1987 his contribution to the mega-hit movie "Dirty Dancing", "Hungry Eyes" hit number 2 Adult Contemporary and returned him to the Pop Top 10 add something


Although Carmen did not follow his two hit singles with a new studio album in 1988, "Make Me Lose Control" was included on a then-new 'Best Of' collection from Arista add something


Louise Mandrell - Her last charted single came in 1988, a cover of the song "As Long As We Got Each Other", a duet with Eric Carmen


Dirty Dancing - In 1988, a music tour named "Dirty Dancing: Live in Concert", featuring Bill Medley and Eric Carmen, played 90 cities in three months


The year 2000 saw the stateside release of "I Was Born to Love You", which had been released in 1998 only in Japan as "Winter Dreams" add something


Todd Rundgren - They did a short tour of Japan in the winter of 2001, and another the following year, which included Jack Bruce of Cream, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Christopher Cross and Eric Carmen


In 2004, Carmen, along with original Raspberries members Jim Bonfanti, Wally Bryson, and Dave Smalley, re-formed the band for a series of sold-out live performances in cities across the United States add something


On September 9, 2008, Carmen was caught driving drunk add something


The track, written and recorded in November/December 2013 in Ohio and Los Angeles, was issued via a gratis download by Legacy Recordings as a special "Christmas gift" to herald the March 2014 arrival of a 30 track career retrospective entitled "The Essential Eric Carmen add something


On December 24, 2013 the first new recording in over 15 years by Eric Carmen titled "Brand New Year" was released add something


Carmen recorded a new song for inclusion in the "The Essential Eric Carmen" compilation issued in 2014 add something


In 2015, Carmen married Los Angeles newscaster Liz Habib add something


Carmen married Amy Murphy October 8, 2016 add something


On June 25, 2019, "The New York Times Magazine" listed Eric Carmen among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire add something