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Eric Carmen

Background information
Birth name Eric Howard Carmen
Born August 11, 1949 (1949-08-11) (age 57)
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Genre(s) Rock
Pop
Instrument(s) Vocals
Keyboards
Guitar
Years active 1967-present
Website http://www.ericcarmen.com/

Eric Howard Carmen (born August 11, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ...


His greatest success came in the 1970s, first as a member of The Raspberries (who scored a major hit with their song "Go All The Way"), then with his solo career, including hits like "All by Myself" and "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again". The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... The Raspberries were a rock and roll band from Cleveland, Ohio. ... All by Myself is a power ballad written and performed by Eric Carmen in 1975 that has spawned numerous cover versions. ...

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Early life

Carmen had been obsessed with music since early childhood. At the age of two, he was entertaining his parents, Ruth and Elmer Carmen, with impressions of Tony Bennett and Johnnie Ray. By the age of three, he was in the Dalcroze Eurythmics program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. At six years old, he took violin lessons from Muriel Carmen, then a violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra. For other persons named Tony Bennett, see Tony Bennett (disambiguation). ... Johnnie Ray from the trailer for one of his few films, Theres No Business Like Show Business (1954) John Alvin Ray (January 10, 1927–February 24, 1990) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. ... The Cleveland Institute of Music is one of the nations leading independent music conservatories. ... The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the major symphony orchestras in the United States. ...


Carmen grew up in Lyndhurst, Ohio. 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, Eric Carmen was playing piano and singing in rock 'n' roll bands. Lyndhurst is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... This article is about the rock band. ... Charles F. Brush High School is a public high school in Lyndhurst, Ohio. ...


Though classically trained in piano, Carmen became a self-taught guitarist. At 15 years old, he started to take guitar lessons, but since the teacher's approach did not fit with what he wanted, he decided to teach himself. He bought a Beatles chord book and taught himself to play guitar for the next four months. A short grand piano, with the top up. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ...


Tenure with The Raspberries

Carmen became serious about being a musician while attending John Carroll University. He joined a band named Cyrus Erie, which recorded several unsuccessful singles for Epic records. 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". John Carroll University is a private, co-educational Jesuit university in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area in the United States. ... Wally Bryson, born Wallace Carter Bryson on July 18, 1949 in Gastonia, NC, USA, is the guitarist with the power-pop/rock group The Raspberries, famous for their hits Go All The Way, Overnight Sensation & I Wanna Be With You. // At age 4, Brysons family moved to Cleveland, OH... James Alexander Bonfanti was born in Windber, Pennsylvania on December 17, 1948 Bonfantis music career began in 1965 when he saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. ... Dave Smalley was founder member of 1970s Power pop band, The Raspberries // Smalley was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania on 10, July, 1949, and moved to Cleveland in his youth. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...


When Cyrus Erie and the Choir collapsed at the end of the 1960s, Carmen, Bryson, Bonfanti and Smalley teamed up to form The Raspberries, a rock and roll band who were amongst the chief exponents of the power pop style. In 1975, after the breakup of The 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. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The Raspberries were a rock and roll band from Cleveland, Ohio. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. ...


In 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. Carmen has stated that he planned to write new harder-edged songs for the band to perform in the same vein as those which the Raspberries performed in the 1970s. shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ...


Solo career

His first two solo singles were chart hits in 1976. Both were based on melodies by Sergei Rachmaninoff: "All By Myself," based on Piano Concerto No. 2 hit #2 in the United States and #12 in the United Kingdom, where it would be his only charting hit; "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again", based on Symphony No. 2 reached #11 (Hit #1 for 1 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 #3 hit single for singer Shaun Cassidy. Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: , Sergej Vasilevič Rakhmaninov, 1 April 1873 (N.S.) or 20 March 1873 (O.S.) – 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor, one of the last great champions of the Romantic style of European classical music. ... All by Myself is a power ballad written and performed by Eric Carmen in 1975 that has spawned numerous cover versions. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Symphony No. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Shaun Paul Cassidy (born September 27, 1958 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer, actor and TV producer. ...


Carmen's second album came out in the summer of 1977 after a year-long delay, and featured such backup players as Burton Cummings, Andrew Gold, Bruce Johnston and Nigel Olsson. It spent 13 weeks in the Billboard Top 200, peaking for two weeks at #45. It produced the Top 30 hit "She Did It," but the title track, "Boats Against The Current," only managed to scrape the bottom of the chart. A third single taken from the album, "Marathon Man," became his first solo single not to hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Shaun Cassidy again made the Top 10 in 1978 with Carmen's "Hey Deanie." Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Burton Cummings, OM, D.Mus (born December 31, 1947) is a Canadian musician and songwriter. ... Andrew Gold (born August 2, 1951, in Burbank, California) is an American singer, musician and songwriter, best known for his 1976 Top 5 single Lonely Boy and the 1978 single Thank You For Being A Friend. Andrews parents were singer Marni Nixon (who provided the singing voice for numerous... Bruce Arthur Johnston (born Benjamin Baldwin and then adopted, on June 27, 1942 in Peoria, Illinois) is a member of The Beach Boys and a Grammy Award-winning songwriter for composing I Write the Songs. ... Olsson (back) performing at an Elton John concert at the Royal Opera House. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...


Carmen followed up with two more albums (and declining chart fortunes, though the single "Change of Heart" broke the top 40) until 1980, before temporarily withdrawing from the music industry. Five years later, after Mike Reno and Ann Wilson topped the charts with the Carmen-penned ballad "Almost Paradise," he resurfaced on Geffen Records with a second self-titled album and a further top 40 hit, "I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips." A track from that album, "Maybe My Baby," later became a country hit for Louise Mandrell. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Mike Reno (Born: Joseph Michael Rynoski on January 8, 1955 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian musician and lead singer of Loverboy and a drummer. ... Ann Dustin Wilson (born June 19, 1950 in San Diego, California) is the lead singer and flute player[1] of Heart. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Louise Mandrell (born July 13, 1954 in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American country music singer and musician. ...


However, it was a few more years before Carmen made a real pop culture comeback with two songs: first 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. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Dirty Dancing is a 1987 romance film which is credited as being one of the most watched films of all time. ... Hungry Eyes is a song performed by Eric Carmen. ...


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. Carmen 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 Carmen has continued to enjoy success placing songs with other artists over the years. 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... I Was Born To Love You is an album released by Eric Carmen in 2000. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


Personal life

Carmen has taken a laid-back approach to music for most of the past decade, working only when the mood strikes him. He moved back to Northeast Ohio from Los Angeles a few years ago, supporting his wife, Susan, and their two children, Clayton and Kathryn, with songwriting and publishing royalties from his past hits. Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are nicknames for the metropolitan area surrounding Cleveland in Ohio. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Discography

The Raspberries

Fresh Raspberries is the debut album from The Raspberries, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... Fresh Raspberries is the second album from The Raspberries, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... Side 3 is the third album from The Raspberries, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... Starting Over is the fourth and final album by the original line-up of the 1970s Power pop band The Raspberries. ...

Solo Albums

Eric Carmen is an album by rock and roll musician Eric Carmen. ... http://eil. ... Change of Heart is a 1978 album by Eric Carmen. ... Tonight Youre Mine is a 1980 album by Eric Carmen. ... Eric Carmen is an album by rock and roll musician Eric Carmen. ... I Was Born To Love You is an album released by Eric Carmen in 2000. ...

Solo Singles

  • All By Myself (1976)
  • Never Gonna Fall In Love Again (1976)
  • Sunrise (1976)
  • Thats Rock N Roll (1976)
  • She Did It (1977)
  • Boats Against The Current (1977)
  • Marathon Man (1977)
  • Change Of Heart (1978)
  • Haven't We Come A Long Way (1978)
  • End of the World (1978)
  • Its Hurts To Much (1980)
  • All for Love (1980)
  • Foolin Myself (1980)
  • I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips (1984)
  • I'm Through with Love (1984)
  • The Rock Stops Here (1986)
  • Make Me Lose Control (1988)
  • Hungry Eyes (1988)
  • Reason To Try (1989)
  • My Heart Stops (1991)
  • I Was Born to Love You (2000)

All by Myself is a power ballad written and performed by Eric Carmen in 1975 that has spawned numerous cover versions. ... A typical sunrise, in New Zealand A sunrise through clouds over Oakland, California. ... Marathon Man is a 1974 paranoid thriller novel by William Goldman that was made into a 1976 film directed by John Schlesinger. ... All For Love is a Korean Series dubbed in Tagalog, shown in the Philippines on GMA, the Kapuso Netwrok. ... Hungry Eyes is a song performed by Eric Carmen. ... I Was Born To Love You is a 1985s song by Freddie Mercury. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Eric Carmen - Biography - AOL Music (682 words)
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, OH, 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.
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.
Adrift in the Seventies - Eric Carmen, Boats Against the Current (1683 words)
It was with this backdrop that scrawny 5'7" Cleveland-boy Eric Carmen emerged from the shadows in 1976.
The record wasn't without its moments in which Carmen overreached: the singer proclaimed shortly after the album's release that he wanted to be "the Fitzgerald of Rock," by any measure one of the stupidest claims in pop history.
Indeed, Carmen embraces them, leaving virtually all of the sixties confections of his debut behind, dismissed as immature and reminders of the teeny-bopper past that he was trying so hard to escape, though he no longer needed to.
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