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Kim Carnes

Kim Carnes' distinctively raspy, throaty voice graced one of the biggest hits of the '80s, the Grammy-winning smash "Bette Davis Eyes," which spent nine weeks on top of the Billboard charts in 1981. Carnes was born in Los Angeles on July 20, 1945, and during the '60s began writing songs for other artists while performing in local clubs and as a session vocalist. In 1966, she joined the popular folk group the New Christy Minstrels for a time, later leaving (along with husband/songwriting partner Dave Ellingson) to form the duo Kim & Dave. Thanks in part to her folk-music background, Carnes landed an acting role in the 1967 film C'Mon, Let's Live a Little, a folk-themed musical with a staunchly anti-radical viewpoint.

In 1971, Carnes' "Sing Out for Jesus" was recorded by blues legend Big Mama Thornton for the soundtrack of the film Vanishing Point, which also featured Kim & Dave's performance of the song "Nobody Knows." This success landed Carnes a solo deal with Amos, the label on which the soundtrack had appeared. She recorded her first album, Rest On Me, in 1972, but it did nothing, and, frustrated by the predominance of outside writers on the record, Carnes departed, eventually signing with A&M. Her self-titled label debut was issued in 1975 and produced her first chart hit, the self-penned duet with Gene Cotton "You're a Part of Me." 1976's Sailin' and 1979's St. Vincent's Court (her first album for EMI) also produced minor singles, but her big break came in 1980, when former-New Christy Minstrel bandmate Kenny Rogers invited her to duet with him on "Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer." The song was a hit, and the accompanying concept album Gideon featured nothing but Carnes and Ellingson compositions. Thanks to the exposure, Carnes scored her first solo Top Ten hit later that year with a cover of the Miracles' "More Love," from her album Romance Dance.

Carnes seemed poised for success, and took extra pains with her next album, Mistaken Identity. One of the songs selected was "Bette Davis Eyes," a tune co-written in 1974 by Donna Weiss and former folk-rocker Jackie DeShannon (who had appeared with Carnes in C'Mon, Let's Live a Little). Convinced to record the song with an atmospheric new arrangement, Carnes took "Bette Davis Eyes" to the top of the charts for nine weeks; it became the biggest hit of the year, and later won Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Despite this major breakthrough, Carnes found it difficult to follow her hit; the subsequent singles from Mistaken Identity failed to make even the Top 20. She scored minor hits with songs from 1982's Voyeur and 1983's Cafe Racers, and in 1985 she became the first artist to be on the charts simultaneously with solo ("Invitation to Dance"), duo ("Make No Mistake, He's Mine," recorded with Barbra Streisand), and trio ("What About Me," with Kenny Rogers and James Ingram) performances. That same year, she scored her last Top 20 hit with "Crazy in the Night," from Barking at Airplanes. 1986's Light House flopped, and for 1988's View from the House, she returned to the folk and country music of her earlier years. With the indifferent response to her continued singing career, Carnes began to concentrate more on her songwriting, still collaborating frequently with Ellingson. She began to place more and more material with major-label country artists, and moved to Nashville in 1994 to be where the action was. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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All the boys thinks she's a spy. She's got Bette Davis Eyes!
he would probably never knew but Tommy Griggsby got me through one summer at Northeast Missouri State University, because we got stuck painting dorm rooms all summer and he would sit on a paint can with a paint brush as a microphone making fun at this song because they played it every hour of an eight hour day...what a summer
Sexy voice she's got. Betty Davis Eyes. Nice song
Love this song " Betty Davis "
surveyrde
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
Kim Carnes, you made a hit for future generations to enjoy.
willzaboss
Ha! Her great nephew is my best friend!
Maybe that is why they put it on the cover of Mistaken Identity. I never knew her story before now. Reading it makes me appreciate her more.
newcovmin_05
The only song I recall her singing, must have fans with too much time on their hands. Now that I listen to it again, it's really not all that great of a song, kind of annoying actually. She looks pretty on her profile page, reminds me of my daughter, but on the album mistaken identity she looks as if she wasn't ready for the photo..I mean they could have taken another shot ,right? Maybe they were out of film that day. geez
she looks weird in the album the mistaken identity collection
never forgot about her. a true original.
veena.vasude v a n
oh my gosh, this is the female rod stewart!
krazycalvin
Rod Stewart voice doppelganger .
dizpatch1
She did You're a part of me with Gene Cotton. Amazing
one of the best of all time
Gypsy Honeymoon is one of my all time roadtrip cds....
Is that DIY Nicole Curtis?
...she sang back up for David Cassidy....
gtobin13
thats a voice you just have to miss, "Betty Davis Eyes"...A great video as well
kim carnes is a gmilf
Love this, Kim!! Also love all the genres you've explored from Christian to country to rock (Voyeur was one of my all time faves!!!) etc., etc. Hope to hear more!!!
adiba dabba.. addabba daba got... beddie dabis eyes
Flash back to the past. Kims music got me through high school. LOL
kmay63
lOVED BETTE DAVIS EYES - GOOD STUFF KIM

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