March 13, 2024

‘Hungry Eyes’ Singer Dead at 74

Once again, our generation has lost another great musical voice of our time.

Eric Carmen, who had a notable solo career as well as performing with the Raspberries and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, has passed away.

Carmen was 74 years old.

Sad Day

Carmen’s wife, Amy, posted a brief statement to announce his death, stating, "Our sweet, loving, and talented Eric passed away in his sleep, over the weekend.

"It brought him great joy to know, that for decades, his music touched so many and will be his lasting legacy."

No cause of death has been revealed yet.

Carmen’s career got started with a brief stint in a band called Cyrus Erie.

Near the end of the 1960s, the band broke up but teamed up with several former members of The Choir to form the Raspberries.

Carmen served as the primary songwriter and frontman for the group, until it broke up, at which point he launched his solo career.

Carmen then made a name for himself belting out ballads, concentrating on a much softer rock sound than the Raspberries had played.

He hit the ground running as a solo artist, seeing immediate success with “All By Myself” and “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.”

The songs topped out on the charts at number two and number 11 respectively.

During the same time, he had written “That’s Rock and Roll” for Shaun Cassidy, which reached number three on the charts.

During the 1980s, Carmen wrote another major hit with “Almost Paradise,” which topped the charts at number seven, as well as serving as the theme song for the original “Foot Loose” movie.

In 2000, Carmen toured with Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band. He also reunited with several members of the Raspberries in 2004 for a tour, which was considered a huge success and received exceptionally well by fans.

Rest in peace, Eric, and thanks for the amazing music over the years.

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