Singer-Songwriter Eric Carmen, Known for ‘Hungry Eyes,’ Passes Away at 74

Eric Carmen, the singer-songwriter whose hits included “Hungry Eyes” and “All By Myself,” has died, his wife Amy wrote on his website. Her age was 74.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the passing of Eric Carmen,” she wrote. “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. Please respect the family’s privacy as we mourn our enormous loss.”

Eric Carmen death
Eric Carmen Death

After quoting her husband’s song “Love Is All That Matters,” Amy Carmen ended the post with “Love Is All That Matters…Faithful and Forever.”

Carmen, who is from Ohio, first became famous as the lead singer of the power-pop band Raspberries. Their hits included “Go All the Way,” “Let’s Pretend,” “I Wanna Be With You,” and “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record).”

Early in 1976, he had two big hits as a solo artist: “All By Myself” and “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.”

Other singers, like Shaun Cassidy, started recording Carmen’s songs around that time. Carmen’s songs “Hey Deanie” and “That’s Rock and Roll” made it to the top 10 for Cassidy. Carmen kept making number-one songs as an artist, but in 1980, she quit the music business.

Carmen came back in 1985 with the hit song “I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips.” She had co-written the 1984 hit “Almost Paradise” for the “Footloose” soundtrack, which was sung by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson.

But it was the movie “Dirty Dancing” in 1987 that brought him back to the public eye. His song “Hungry Eyes” from the score was a top 10 hit, and “Make Me Lose Control”

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