|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||power pop 70s rock classic rock pop|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Formed in 1970, this popular US band evolved from several aspiring Ohio, USA-based bands. The original line-up included two former members of Cyrus Erie, Eric Carmen (11 August 1949, Cleveland, Ohio, USA; vocals/guitar/keyboards) and Marty Murphy (guitar), as well as ex-Choir drummer Jim Bonfanti (b. 17 December 1948, Windber, Pennsylvania, USA). Murphy was quickly replaced by Wally Bryson (b. 18 July 1949, Gastonia, North Carolina, USA), a veteran of both acts, who in turn introduced John Aleksic. However the latter was removed in favour of Dave Smalley (b. 10 July 1949, Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA; guitar/bass), another ex-Choir acolyte. The Raspberries love of the Beatles was apparent on their debut Dont Wanna Say Goodbye. Its melodic flair set the tone of Go All The Way, a gorgeous slice of anglophilia which rose to number 5 in the US chart in 1972. The same years Raspberries confirmed the quartets undoubted...