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Today In Rock History
April 10, 2018

On this date in 1972, Cleveland, Ohio power pop masters The Raspberries released their debut, self-titled album. The band’s sound harnessed the spirit and pop sensibilities of bands like The Beatles, The Hollies and The Small Faces and was filled with powerful guitar riffs, harmonies plus the expressive vocals of singer Eric Carmen. The original pressing of the album came with an adhesive, title sticker affixed to the cover that, when scratched, gave off the aroma of fresh raspberries. Two singles were released from this fine album: “Don’t Want to Say Goodbye” which charted in the lower reaches of Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart and the power-pop classic, “Go All the Way” which climbed as high as No. 5 and became a regular part of most radio playlists throughout the summer of 1972. Sadly, none of the band’s four albums charted particularly highly; this debut album only made it as high as No. 51 but is widely regarded as an essential, integral power-pop classic. The Raspberries parted ways in 1975 at which time Eric Carmen launched a successful career as a solo artist. Many artists have cited The Raspberries and their hook-filled pop songs as a major songwriting influence including Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Axl Rose.

—www.cltampa.com

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