Mar 12, 2024 - Music

Remembering Eric Carmen: Rocker, hitmaker and Cleveland legend

Rock star Eric Carmen.

Photo: Tom Hill/WireImage

Eric Carmen — one of Cleveland's most influential and successful music artists — died this past weekend at the age of 74, his wife Amy confirmed on Facebook.

Flashback: Carmen, who was born in Cleveland and raised in Lyndhurst, experienced his first bit of local fame when he joined power-pop band Cyrus Erie in the late 1960s.

The intrigue: Next came the Raspberries, a band made up of former members of Cyrus Erie and popular local band The Choir.

The big picture: Carmen moved to Los Angeles after the Raspberries broke up in 1975 and embarked on a solo career that made him a national star.

  • His debut single "All by Myself," went to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975.
  • Carmen followed that up with a series of adult contemporary hits before releasing the platinum-selling "Hungry Eyes" from the 1987 film "Dirty Dancing."

Between the lines: Carmen moved back to Northeast Ohio in the late 1990s and reunited with the Raspberries for a tour in 2004.

What they're saying: "Although known to many for writing radio hits like 'All By Myself' and others, Eric was a true rocker at heart," KISS lead singer Paul Stanley wrote on X.

  • "His voice had elements of [Paul] McCartney and Steve Marriott. The Raspberries did shows with us. A killer band live and I loved their records."
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