“Hungry Eyes” Singer Eric Carmen Dies At Age 74
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“Hungry Eyes” Singer Eric Carmen Dies At Age 74

Former Raspberries Lead Singer & Later Solo Star Eric Carmen Dies

Eric Carmen, the singer known for iconic songs such as “Hungry Eyes” and “All by Myself,” has died. He was 74 years old.

Carmen was born on August 11, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in the suburb of Lyndhurst, where his passion for music developed at a young age.

Carmen’s aunt, Muriel Carmen, was a violinist in the Cleveland Orchestra, and she gave him lessons when he was only six years old. He learned how to play piano at the age of 11. He taught himself how to play guitar at the age of 15.

Carmen sang and played piano in rock bands during his high school years. While music was always part of his life, he became more serious about it while attending college.

Carmen Joined The Raspberries In 1970

While in college, Carmen joined a band called Cyrus Erie. After that group disbanded, he teamed up with Wally Bryson, Jim Bonfanti, and Dave Smalley to form a rock band called The Raspberries in 1970.

Carmen served as the band’s lead vocalist, and wrote or co-wrote all of their songs. 

The Raspberries released four studio albums over the course of their run together. They also had several hit singles, including “Go All the Way,” “I Wanna Be with You,” and “Overnight Sensation.”

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