Eric Howard Carmen, 11 August 1949, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Carmen grew up in Lyndhurst, and at the age of 11 enrolled at the Cleveland Institute Of Music to study classical piano. Inspired by the British Invasion he later took up the guitar and set his heart on becoming a pop star. A veteran of several aspiring mid-west groups, Carmen first achieved success with the Raspberries. This melodious quartet drew inspiration from British 60s pop and achieved notable US hits in the early 70s with Go All The Way, I Wanna Be With You, Lets Pretend, and Overnight Sensation (Hit Record). Carmen wrote and sang lead on each of these releases and was the sole member to prosper commercially when the band was dissolved in 1975. The following year Carmen, now signed to Arista Records, enjoyed an international hit with the dramatic ballad, All By Myself, which was based on Rachmaninovs Piano Concerto No....
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