20 July 1945, Los Angeles, California, USA. The gravelly voiced Carnes was brought up in Pasedena and is best known for her 1981 pop classic, Bette Davis Eyes, which won a Grammy award. Her career started as a member of the influential New Christy Minstrels in 1966, and she also appeared alongside future songwriting partner Jackie DeShannon in the low budget 1967 movie Cmon, Lets Live A Little. Her second solo album, 1975s Kim Carnes, brought her critical favour, although she was reaping greater success as a songwriter with her husband Dave Ellingson, whom she had met in the New Christy Minstrels. Renowned artists such as Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand recorded her songs, as did another old New Christy Minstrels sparring partner Kenny Rogers who duetted with her on their US Top 5 hit Dont Fall In Love With A Dreamer in 1980. The previous year Carnes/Ellingson had written all the material for Rogers...
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