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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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The Old 70&1/2 man is back been in the hospital
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Great Song Great Sounding Great Best
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Love Hungry Eyes
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LL 99
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citygalestcs t
Hungry Eyes another great song from the movie Dirty Dancing...
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reaper.1976. a l
Make me lose control
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hear me to love hungry eyes
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Love Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen
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Sixties were the best of times growing up
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Sing it Bro .
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Great song good beat & good singing
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Eric always finds a way, in all his songs, to hit that something, that connection that makes you think he wrote it just for you
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darlenejchoq
Hungry Eyes always loved this song! Nobody puts Baby in the corner....
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i love this song lotssss
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Eric is a great singer& Artist.
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Best song ever. So romantic.
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Nice........ M m m m m m . . . . . HUNGRY EYES.
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Gay!
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n.sammie21
I honestly believe that this sort of music should be happening right now. It's awesome car music and just relaxing having a glass of wine. Memories were made with this style of music not to forget love too.
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Brings mood _;)
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nodouble07
Eric, thank you......
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I love the songs Make me loose control and Hungry Eyes. Eric Carmen has such a beautiful soul and voice.
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Brings back memories. Wowhigh school era
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I love this music and I'm fifteen hahaha, mom got me into it! My mom will clean or make dinner and blast 80's she was in high school when this was popular.
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Love this song
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good one here!!
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obama'sssss elf
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I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH
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GREAT SONG ....
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toni1236
No songs like this anymore
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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.
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Another Timeless Classic
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Greatest Gift
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This song is just out of this world its so amazing
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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.
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Anybody remember the video for this song? It was awesome!!
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It's funny to think I used to blast this outta my convertible back in the day. Ha!
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To All my female friends. ....
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I love Eric Carmen, Hungry Eyes!!!!
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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,
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i feel the love between us . ...
tell me what know ….
that it is ….
hungry eyes ...
love eyes….
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gloria820
Enjoy his all by myself really makes you think
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This song is ultra-80s sounding
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haha! no way, throw a T in there and it's Eric T cartman ha
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pinkkflor
Ahhh this song brings back good memories. Definitely in memory lane whenever i hear this song!
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Great music from Eric Carmen!
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I love this song!!!
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Dirty Dancing
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Oh My... This song is a part of Me. So many memories..
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