The Raspberries

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": power pop 70s rock classic rock pop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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 ‘Don’t 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 year’s Raspberries confirmed the quartet’s undoubted...

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