Eric Carmen Dead At 74: Iconic ’70s And ’80s Hitmaker Behind ‘Hungry Eyes’ And ‘All By Myself’ Passes Away


Eric Carmen, the celebrated artist behind chart-topping hits such as “All By Myself” and “Hungry Eyes,” has left a lasting legacy in the music industry. His wife, Amy Carmen, confirmed his passing at the age of 74.


A Legacy of Musical Brilliance

During his extensive career, which began during his college years at John Carroll University, Eric Carmen achieved significant success. He co-founded the band Cyrus Erie and later went on to enjoy a solo career that produced three top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Chart-Topping Hits and Recognition

"Discover the legacy of Eric Carmen, the celebrated singer and songwriter behind chart-toppers like 'All by Myself' and 'Hungry Eyes.' As the music world mourns his passing, we reflect on his enduring impact and memorable contributions to the industry."

Carmen’s notable achievements include the No. 2 hit “All By Myself” in 1976, the iconic “Hungry Eyes” peaking at No. 4 in 1988, and “Make Me Lose Control,” a No. 3 hit in the same year. His self-titled solo debut album reached No. 21 in 1976, marking a high point in his chart performance.


Collaborations and Grammy Nomination

Apart from his solo success, Carmen co-wrote “Almost Paradise… Love Theme from Footloose” for the Footloose soundtrack. This collaboration earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.

Early Years with The Raspberries

Before his solo career soared, Carmen recorded four albums with The Raspberries from 1972 to 1974. Notable hits from this period include “Go All the Way” and “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record).”


Enduring Impact on Pop Culture

Carmen’s music continues to resonate in pop culture, with his songs finding new life through placements in various media. Celine Dion’s cover of “All By Myself” in 1997 and the inclusion of “Go All the Way” in the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack are just a few examples of his enduring influence.

A Fond Farewel

Eric Carmen’s wife, Amy, expressed the family’s profound sadness in a message shared on his website and social media platforms. She acknowledged the joy it brought him to know that his music touched the lives of many, ensuring that his legacy lives on. The message concluded with a poignant quote: “Love Is All That Matters…Faithful and Forever.”

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