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Encyclopedia > Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes
Background information
Birth name Kimberly Carnes
Also known as Kim Ellingson
Born July 20, 1945 (1945-07-20) (age 61)
Origin Flag of United States Pasadena, California, United States
Genre(s) Rock
Pop
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals
Piano
Keyboards
Guitar
Accordion
Harmonica
Years active 1967 - President
Label(s) A&M
Capitol
EMI
MCA
Associated
acts
Kim & Dave, New Christy Minstrels, Kenny Rogers, Michael McDonald, Steve Cropper, Barbra Streisand, Smokey Robinson
Website KimCarnes.com
Notable instrument(s)
Acoustic Guitar
Arp
Baldwin Piano
Banjo

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Contents

Early Career

Carnes was a member of New Christy Minstrels in 1967. (Kenny Rogers was also a member.) During this time, Carnes met and married Dave Ellingson with whom she would write most of her songs. For a short while in the early 1970s, she and Ellingson formed the unsuccessful folk duo Kim and Dave. Their song, "Nobody Knows," was the song played during the credits for the movie Vanishing Point. The New Christy Minstrels were a 1960s a popular folk group reknown for a rousing and clean-cut sound. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... Vanishing Point is a 1971 road movie starring Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger, and an Alpine White 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T with the 440/375 HP engine. ...


She began releasing albums during the early 1970s. Her self-titled album in 1975 contained her first charted hit, "You're A Part Of Me" (No. 32 AC). This album was followed in 1976 with Sailin'. One track, "Love Comes From Unexpected Places," won best song at the 1977 American Song Festival and gained some additional notice after it was recorded by Barbra Streisand on her 1977 album Streisand Superman. Carnes' Top 40 breakthrough occurred in 1978 when she was recruited by Gene Cotton to record a duet version of "You're A Part Of Me" which reached No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... Gene Cotton (Born June 30, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio) is a pop and folk Singer/Songwriter. ...


In 1980, her duet with Kenny Rogers, "Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer," became a major hit on the Pop (No. 4), Country (No. 3) and AC (No. 2) charts. The song was culled from Rogers' concept album, "Gideon," which was written entirely by Carnes and Ellingson. Later that year, her cover version of the Smokey Robinson & The Miracles song "More Love" became her first solo Top 10 hit single (No. 10 Pop, No. 6 AC). Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Smokey Robinson (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter. ... More Love is a 1980 single from Kim Carness album Romance Dance. ...


Bette Davis Eyes

In 1981, she recorded the Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss song "Bette Davis Eyes". As the first single released from the album Mistaken Identity, it spent nine weeks at number one on the US singles charts and became a worldwide hit. The song's success propelled the album to No. 1 for four weeks. The single became the No. 1 song of 1981 and is second only to Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" as the biggest hit of the 1980's. The song earned both the Record of the Year and Song of the Year awards at the 1982 Grammys and Carnes was nominated for Best Pop Female. See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 other events of 1981 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February... Jackie DeShannon, real name Sharon Lee Myers, (born August 21, 1944) is an American singer/songwriter with a string of hit song credits from the 1960s onwards. ... Bette Davis Eyes is the name of a song, best known for being performed by Kim Carnes. ... Mistaken Identity, released in 1981, was the ninth studio album by Kim Carnes. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... Olivia Newton-John AO OBE (born 26 September 1948) is a Grammy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated English-born Australian pop singer, songwriter and actress of Welsh and German descent. ... Physical is an Olivia Newton-John song that was a #1 hit. ... The Record of the Year is an award created by record producer Jonathan King voted for by the UK public. ... The Song of the Year is one of the two most prestigious awards in the Grammies, if not in all of the music industry. ...


Ironically, "Bette Davis Eyes", written in 1974, was originally rejected by Carnes. It was only after a new instrumental arrangement was done by Bill Cuomo that Carnes agreed to record the song and it became a huge hit. Bette Davis admitted to being a fan of the song and approached Carnes and the songwriters to thank them. Davis wrote to Carnes after the song was released and stated that she was very pleased with the song as it made her seem very up-to-date with her grandson. She had Carnes sing the song live for her at a tribute held just before her death. The song was also used in a 1982 advertising campaign for 7-Up, with the lyrics slightly altered and Pac-Man characters starring in the commercial spots. For the singer, see Betty Davis, for the meteorologist, see Betty Davis (meteorologist). ... 7 Up is a brand of a lemon-lime flavored non-caffeinated soft drink. ... Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and licensed for distribution by Midway Games in 1979. ...


Later career

Carnes released several albums after "Mistaken Identity," but she was never able to approach the success of "Bette Davis Eyes." She never charted higher than No. 15 on the Hot 100 which she achieved twice with "Crazy In The Night (Barking At Airplanes)" and "What About Me?" with Kenny Rogers and James Ingram. Carnes did reach the AC Top 10 three times after "Bette Davis Eyes" with "I Pretend" (No. 9), "What About Me?" (No. 1) and "Make No Mistake, He's Mine" with Barbra Streisand (No. 8). Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... James Ingram (born February 16, 1956 in Akron, Ohio) is an American soul musician, famous for his vocal performance. ... Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ...


Carnes remained a highly respected artist and songwriter. As a songwriter, she has had two No. 1 country singles. Her duet with Barbra Streisand was re-recorded as "Make No Mistake, She's Mine" by Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers which was a No. 1 Country and No. 42 AC hit in 1987. Carnes also wrote "The Heart Won’t Lie", a No. 1 duet for Reba McEntire and Vince Gill in 1993. Co-writing with others, Carnes has had songs covered by such country stars as Deana Carter, Kevin Sharp, Sawyer Brown, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, Tim McGraw and Tanya Tucker. Ronnie Milsap (born Ronnie Lee Milsap January 16, 1943 in Robbinsville, North Carolina) is an American Country/Pop Singer and Musician. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Vince Gill Vince Gill (born April 12, 1957) is an American country music musician, songwriter, and singer. ... Deana Kay Carter (born January 4, 1966 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA) is an American singer-songwriter who records country music. ... There are 3 Kevin Sharps in the wikipedia database: Kevin Grant Sharp, a country music singer. ... Sawyer Brown is an American country music band that gained fame by winning the grand prize on the talent show Star Search in 1983. ... Suzy Bogguss (born December 30, 1956) is an American country music singer and one of the most acclaimed female country singers of the 1980s and 90s. ... Pam Tillis Pam Tillis (born July 24, 1957 in Plant City, Florida) is an American country music singer and actress. ... Tim McGraw (born Samuel Timothy Smith on May 1, 1967, in Delhi, Louisiana) is an American country music singer who has achieved many number one hits on the country singles and album charts, with total sales in excess of 25 million units. ... Tanya Denise Tucker (born October 10, 1958) is an American country music singer. ...


Carnes was nominated for two more Grammys - Best Pop Female for "Voyeur" and Best Rock Female for "Invisible Hands." In 1983, Kim's song, "I'll Be Here Where The Heart Is," was included on the Flashdance soundtrack which received a Grammy for Best Album Of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture. Carnes was one of the singers invited to perform on USA for Africa's 1985 famine relief fundraising single We Are the World and can be heard singing the last line of the song's bridge with Huey Lewis and Cyndi Lauper. USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa), was the name under which forty-five U.S. artists, led by Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Richie, recorded the hit single We Are the World in 1985. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... We Are the World is a 1985 song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, produced and conducted by Quincy Jones and recorded by a supergroup of popular musicians billed as USA for Africa. ... Huey Lewis (born Hugh Anthony Cregg, III on July 5, 1950) is an American musician and occasional actor. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an iconic American Grammy Award-winning singer and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ...


In 2004, she re-appeared with a self-released album Chasin' Wild Trains. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with husband Dave Ellingson. She has 2 sons, Collin and Ry. Her son Ry is named after musician Ry Cooder, who guests on the song "Rough Edges" from her Barking At Airplanes album. Son Collin is also featured on that album at the beginning of the song "Crazy in the Night" shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... Ryland Ry Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947, in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, his interest in the American roots music and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries. ...


Trivia

  • At one point, Carnes placed three songs on Billboard's Hot 100 simultaneously. In January 1985, she charted solo with "Invitation To Dance," as a duo with Barbra Streisand on "Make No Mistake, He's Mine" and as a trio with Kenny Rogers and James Ingram on "What About Me?"
  • Singer/songwriter Tori Amos refers to Carnes in her song "Glory of the 80s", in the following lyric: "In the glories of the eighties, I may not have to die; I'll clone myself like that blonde chick that sings "Bette Davis Eyes."

Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... James Ingram (born February 16, 1956 in Akron, Ohio) is an American soul musician, famous for his vocal performance. ...

Discography

  • Rest On Me (1972)
  • Kim Carnes (1975)
  • Sailin' (1976)
  • St. Vincent's Court (1979)
  • Romance Dance (1980) US #57
  • Mistaken Identity (1981) US #1
  • Voyeur (1982) US #49
  • Café Racers (1983) US #97
  • Barking At Airplanes (1985) US #48
  • Lighthouse (1986) US #116
  • View From The House (1988)
  • Checkin' Out The Ghosts (1991)
  • Gypsy Honeymoon: The Best of Kim Carnes (1993), a compilation
  • Chasin' Wild Trains (2004)

Rest on Me was the first album by Kim Carnes, It was released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). ... Kim Carnes is a studio album by Kim Carnes, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... Sailin is a studio album by Kim Carnes, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... St. ... Romance Dance is a studio album by Kim Carnes, released in June, 1980 (see 1980 in music). ... Mistaken Identity, released in 1981, was the ninth studio album by Kim Carnes. ... Voyeur is a studio album by Kim Carnes, released in 1982 (see 1982 in music). ... Café Racers is a studio album by Kim Carnes, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... Barking At Airplanes is a studio album by Kim Carnes, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... Light House is a studio album by Kim Carnes, released in 1986 (see 1986 in music). ... View From The House is a studio album by Kim Carnes, released in 1988 (see 1988 in music). ... Checkin Out The Ghosts is a studio album by Kim Carnes, released in Japan only (1991) (see 1991 in music). ... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ... Chasin Wild Trains is a studio album by Kim Carnes, released in 2004 (see 2004 in music). ...

Singles

Year Title U.S. Hot 100 U.S. Country U.S. AC UK Singles Chart Album
1976 "You're A Part Of Me" (solo) - - 32 - Kim Carnes
1978 "You're A Part Of Me" (with Gene Cotton) 36 99 6 - Save The Dancer (Gene Cotton album)
1979 "It Hurts So Bad" 56 - - - St. Vincent's Court
1980 "Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer" (with Kenny Rogers) 4 3 2 - Gideon (Kenny Rogers album)
1980 "More Love" 10 - 6 - Romance Dance
1980 "Cry Like A Baby" 44 - - - Romance Dance
1981 "Bette Davis Eyes" 1 - 15 10 Mistaken Identity
1981 "Draw Of The Cards" 28 - - 49 Mistaken Identity
1981 "Mistaken Identity" 60 - - - Mistaken Identity
1982 "Voyeur" 29 - - 68 Voyeur
1982 "Does It Make You Remember" 36 - - - Voyeur
1983 "Invisible Hands" 40 - - - Café Racers
1984 "You Make My Heart Beat Faster" 54 - - - Café Racers
1984 "I Pretend" 74 - 9 - Café Racers
1984 "What About Me?" (with Kenny Rogers and James Ingram) 15 70 1 92 What About Me (Kenny Rogers album)
1984 "Make No Mistake, He's Mine" (with Barbra Streisand) 51 - 8 92 Emotion (Barbra Streisand album)
1985 "Invitation To Dance" 68 - - - That's Dancing!
1985 "Crazy In The Night (Barking At Airplanes)" 15 - - - Barking At Airplanes
1985 "Abadabadango" 67 - - - Barking At Airplanes
1986 "Divided Hearts" 79 - - - Lighthouse
1988 "Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness" - 70 - - View From The House
1988 "Crazy In Love" - 68 13 - View From The House
1992 "Hooked On The Memory Of You" (with Neil Diamond) - - 23 - Lovescape (Neil Diamond album)

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Country Tracks chart, chart of country music hit songs. ... The Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles and only Adult Contemporary) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Gene Cotton (Born June 30, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio) is a pop and folk Singer/Songwriter. ... Gene Cotton (Born June 30, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio) is a pop and folk Singer/Songwriter. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... More Love is a 1980 single from Kim Carness album Romance Dance. ... Bette Davis Eyes is the name of a song, best known for being performed by Kim Carnes. ... Draw of the Cards is a 1981 single release from Kim Carness album Mistaken Identity. ... Mistaken Identity is a 1981 song and third single release from Kim Carness album Mistaken Identity. ... Voyeur is a 1982 single release from Kim Carness album Voyeur. ... Does It Make You Remember is a 1982 single release from Kim Carness album Voyeur. ... Invisible Hands is a 1983 single and the lead release from Kim Carness album Café Racers. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... James Ingram (born February 16, 1956 in Akron, Ohio) is an American soul musician, famous for his vocal performance. ... Kenneth Donald Kenny Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas) is a prolific American country music singer, photographer, producer, songwriter, actor and businessman. ... Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer and songwriter. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer and songwriter. ...

External link

  • Kim Carnes - Official Web Site
  • A Creative Cafe interview with Kim Carnes
  • 'Bette Davis Eyes' shines in Carnes' Grammy memory
  • Interview mit Kim Carnes
Persondata
NAME Carnes, Kim
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American singer and songwriter
DATE OF BIRTH July 20, 1945
PLACE OF BIRTH Los Angeles, California
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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