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Eric Carmen Biography
Eric Carmen (Eric Howard Carmen ) is an American song writer, singer, guitarist and keyboardist. He has scored many hit songs across the 70s and the 80s, as a member of the Raspberries and then 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”.
Eric Carmen Age
Eric was born on August 11, 1949. He is currently 71 years old as of 2020.
Eric Carmen Height/ Weight
Eric stands 6 feet and 1 inch tall. He weighs 71Kgs.
Eric Carmen Early Life
Carmen was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Lyndhurst, Ohio. He has been involved with music since early childhood. By the age of two, he was entertaining his parents with impressions of Jimmy Durante and Johnnie Ray. By age three, he was in the Dalcroze Eurhythmics program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. At six years old, he took violin lessons from his Muriel Carmen.
By age 11, he was playing piano and dreaming about writing his own songs. The arrival of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones altered his dream slightly. By the time he was a sophomore at Charles F. Brush High School, Carmen was playing piano and singing in rock ‘n’ roll bands including the Fugitives, the Harlequins, the Sounds of Silence and the Cyrus Erie.
Though classically trained in piano, Carmen became a self-taught guitarist. At 15, he started guitar lessons, but when his teacher’s approach did not fit with what he wanted, he decided to teach himself. He bought a Beatles chord book and studied guitar for the next four months.
Eric Carmen Career
With The Raspberries
He joined a band named Cyrus Erie while in John Carroll University which recorded several unsuccessful singles for Epic records. The band 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”.
When Cyrus Erie and the Choir collapsed at the end of the 1960s, Eric, Bryson, Bonfanti and Smalley teamed up to form Raspberries, a rock and roll band who were among the chief exponents of the early seventies power pop style. He was the lead singer of the group, and wrote or co-wrote all their hit songs. 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 Eric’s tracks on Raspberries albums.
In 2004, Eric, 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. On that tour, the Raspberries recorded a live album of their hits at The House of Blues on Sunset Strip, in Hollywood. Both the show and album received critical acclaim. Eric 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.
His first two solo singles were chart hits in 1976. Both were built around themes by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The first of these singles, “All by Myself” – based on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 – hit number 2 in the United States, and number 12 in the United Kingdom where it was his only charting hit. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in April 1976.
The follow-up single, “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again” – based on the main theme of the slow movement of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 – reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and hit number one on the US Adult Contemporary Chart, as well as number nine on the Cash Box chart.
In the UK Dana took it to number 31. Those songs featured on his 1975 self-titled debut album, along with “That’s Rock and Roll”, a number 3 hit single for singer Shaun Cassidy. The album made number 21 on the Billboard album chart and was certified Gold in 1977 for sales of more than 500,000 copies.
His second album, Boats Against the Current, came out in the summer of 1977 and received strong reviews. It featured backup players such as Burton Cummings, Andrew Gold, Bruce Johnston and Nigel Olsson. The album spent 13 weeks in the Billboard Album chart, peaking number 45. It also produced the Top 20 single “She Did It,” but the title track only managed to scrape the bottom of the chart.
The title track was later covered by Olivia Newton-John on her album Totally Hot. A third single taken from the album, “Marathon Man,” became his first solo single not to hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart. However, Shaun Cassidy again made the Top 10 in 1978 with Eric’s “Hey Deanie.” For several weeks in the fall of 1977, He had three compositions charting concurrently on the Billboard Hot 100, Cassidy’s two big hits and Eric’s own “She Did It.”
He then followed up with two more albums. 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 also 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.
He resurfaced on Geffen Records in 1985 with a second self-titled album and a sizeable comeback hit “I Wanna Hear It from Your Lips”. The single hit the Adult Contemporary Top 10 as well as the Pop Top 40. The follow-up single, “I’m Through with Love,” also climbed the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the Top 20 of the Adult Contemporary chart. Another track from the album, “Maybe My Baby,” later became a Country hit for Louise Mandrell. “I Wanna Hear It from Your Lips” was also a Country hit for Louise Mandrell.
In 1987, His contribution to the hit movie Dirty Dancing, “Hungry Eyes”, hit number 2 on the Adult Contemporary Chart and also returned him to the Pop Top 10. “Reason To Try”, a further contribution to the One Moment in Time compilation album of songs recorded for the Seoul Summer Olympics, kept Eric’s profile high in 1988, during which the nostalgic “Make Me Lose Control” also returned him to the number one position on the Adult Contemporary chart – where it stayed for three straight weeks – as well as number 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
This became his highest charting song since “All By Myself”. Both, along with “Hungry Eyes”, having in the past two decades become classic pop radio favorites. Although he did not follow his two hit singles with a new studio album in 1988, “Make Me Lose Control” was included on a revised ‘Best Of’ collection from Arista.
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. Eric eschewed the use of a band on the recording, playing most of the instruments and programming the drum parts himself. The album did not find a large audience, but eric has continued to enjoy success placing songs with other artists over the years. In 2000 he also toured for the first time in years with Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band performing “Hungry Eyes”, “Go All The Way” and “All By Myself”.
On December 24, 2013, the first new recording in over 15 years by Eric titled “Brand New Year” was released. 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.
Eric Carmen Net Worth
Eric ha s an estimated net worth of 10 million dollars as of 2019.
Eric Carmen Wife
Eric wedded “Amy Murphy” who is a former Los Angeles newscaster. He verified in a tweet in 2016 that he married his soulmate and bestfriend.
Eric Carmen Albums
- Raspberries (1972)
- Fresh Raspberries (1972)
- Side 3 (1973)
- Starting Over (1974)
- Raspberries’ Best Featuring Eric Carmen (1976)
- Live on Sunset Strip (2007)
- Eric Carmen (1975)
- Boats Against the Current (1977)
- Change of Heart (1978)
- Tonight You’re Mine (1980)
- Eric Carmen (1984)
- The Best of Eric Carmen (1988)
- Definitive Collection (1997)
- All By Myself – The Best Of Eric Carmen (1999)
- I Was Born to Love You (2000)
- The Essential Eric Carmen (2014)
Eric Carmen Songs
- All by Myself
- Never Gonna Fall in Love Again
- That’s Rock and Roll
- She Did It
- Boats Against the Current
- Marathon Man
- Change of Heart
- Haven’t We Come a Long Way
- End of the World
- It Hurts Too Much
- All for Love
- Foolin’ Myself
- I Wanna Hear It from Your Lips
- I’m Through with Love
- The Way We Used to Be
- The Rock Stops Here
- Hungry Eyes
- Make Me Lose Control
- Reason to Try
- My Heart Stops
- Brand New Year
Eric Carmen Boats Against The Current
This is a 1977 Album by Eric . The title is taken from a line in the novel “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne constantly into the past.”It was Carmen’s second solo LP, after the Raspberries disbanded. It topped at #45 on the Billboard Album Chart for the week finishing October 8, 1977.