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Eric Carmen

Born: 1949 AD
Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Guitarist, Pianists, Songwriter

US Musician


1949 – Born- August-12th – Cleveland, Ohio


         -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.


1955- Carmen began his musical training at an early age


1961- he was taking violin lessons, and by 12, he was playing piano and penning his own original compositions.


1965-67- With his interest of the Beatles and the Beach Boys during the 60s, Carmen’s attention shifted toward rock & roll, as he began playing piano and singing with high school bands.


1967-69- Local Rock band Cyrus Erie, who, apart from issuing several obscure singles for Epic Records, failed to leave much of an impact outside of the local region.


1970- 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.


1972 to 1974- 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)."


1975- With Carmen’s increasing frustration with the group, the Raspberries split up.


1975- 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" — the album almost cracked the Top 20.


1976-  His first two solo singles were chart hits. Both were based on melodies by Sergei Rachmaninoff: "All By Myself", based on Piano Concerto No. 2 hit #2 in the U.S. (and #12 in the UK, where it would be his only charting hit); "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again", based on Symphony No. 2 reached #10 (Hit #1 for a week on the Adult Contemporary chart). Two years after its 1975 release, the album was certified Gold in 1977 for sales of 500,000 copies. "That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll" was also a hit single for singer Shaun Cassidy.


1980-2000- it was a few more years before Carmen made a real pop culture comeback with two songs: firstly with hit from the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing, "Hungry Eyes" written by John DeNicola & Franke Previte, and then with the self-penned "Make Me Lose Control." Both songs became Top 5 hits on the music charts. However, Carmen did not follow these hits with a new album for over 10 years. Tonight You’re Mine (1980), Eric Carmen (1984), The Best of Eric Carmen (1988), I Was Born to Love You (2000).


2000 – He was on tour with Ringo’s All Starr Band.


2004- Carmen, along with original Raspberries members Jim Bonfanti, Wally Bryson and Dave Smalley, reformed the band for a series of sold-out live performances in cities across the United States. On November 26, the House of Blues nightclub chain opened its Cleveland branch with a Raspberries reunion concert. Original members Eric, Jim, Wally and Dave played a sellout performance. This success led to a well-received 2005 mini-tour, a VH1 Classic special, and a concert broadcast on XM Satellite Radio.


2005 – The Raspberries are readying the release of their first new recording in over 30 years, a live CD and DVD recorded on October 21, in Los Angeles, California.