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  1. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Raspberries' debut album. On April 10, 1972, the first album from Eric Carmen, Wally Bryson, Jim Bonfanti and Dave Smalley was unleashed on the world. Opening with a guitar riff that exploded on radios that summer, "Go All The Way" quickly became the benchmark sound for the power pop group. In celebration of this momentous anniversary, EricCarmen.com proudly presents a look back at our beloved band. So, grab a drink. Sit back and watch. Pull out that half-century vinyl LP from your attic and scratch that sticker. Raspberries turn 50 today.
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  2. Here is a super rare set of outtake photos by photographer Roxy Rifken taken in 1984 when Eric was signed to Geffen Records. An alternate shot featuring Eric leaning on a chair wearing the leather jacket was sent out as a publicity photo and used for the cover of Eric's 1997 "Definitive Collection" on Arista Records. That soft, subdued shot is nothing compared to these super-sharp images that show a rougher, tougher Eric. It's always puzzling to see shots like these and wonder why they went with the one they went with. Oh well, everyone's an art director. But, I'm actually an art director, so there's that. Anyway, enjoy these shots boys and girls. If no other reason than to face the harsh reality that you've never looked this good in a photo before. 😎
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  3. Even though Raspberries reunited to play an historic show on November 26, 2004 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, and a follow-up performance on New Year's Eve that same year, 2005 was the year most fans got to see the band. That year, Raspberries took their reunion show on the road. The newly reformed band played eight additional shows that year, taking them from coast-to-coast: January 15, 2005 — House of Blues, Chicago IL June 26, 2005 — Taste of Summer, Waukesha WI July 2, 2005 — Coors Amphitheatre, Denver CO July 15, 2005 — Scene Pavilion, Cleveland OH July 23, 2005 — B.B. King's New York NY July 24, 2005 — B.B. King's New York NY September 17, 2005 — House of Blues, Atlantic City NJ October 21, 2005 — House of Blues, West Hollywood CA When Eric first told me the band was getting together, I told him that when I saw Paul McCartney at Madison Square Garden in 2002, they played a pre-show concert film to get the crowd excited and in the mood for the show. I asked if I could make one for their reunion. He agreed. And I did. A version of Raspberries' pre-concert video appears on their "Sunset Strip" Deluxe DVD. But for that one, I edited out some photos and video clips that we couldn't get cleared for that particular release. So here, for the first time anywhere (unless you saw this open a Raspberries live concert in 2004-05) is the exact video played right before Raspberries set foot on a stage for the first time in three decades. NOTE: When the audio cuts out after the first few opening notes of "I Wanna Be With You" was when the curtain opened and the live band jumped in. 😎
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  4. Not sure how many of you caught Muzza’s post on Facebook which informed us that he will be taking an extended hiatus from that platform...Amidst the well wishing from the posters, an ominous overview was set as to the reason for his abstention... He responded to my post with a private text and, although I don’t think it is proper for me to reveal his health situation at this time, I do believe that we can all assist by offering prayers and positive thoughts in his direction... As many of you know, Muzza and his wife Kiwi, were staples on this board for many years and they are two people of the highest caliber level that I have ever met... For the uninitiated or uninformed, they made a handful of trips to America from their native New Zealand and were never lacking for love and support of their fellow EC fans as many of them opened up their homes to the couple for many nights accommodations, reflecting just how popular these two were amongst us... They even had the good fortune to meet Eric on one of their trips here at Bernie’s WAB, a yearly celebration at our webmasters home each year in which Eric(and Jim) actually attended at some point... Now is the time to open up our hearts once again and keep Muzza in your thoughts and prayers...He is a man with a Spiritual dedication and lacks nothing in the Faith department but an extra boost from us would never be considered misplaced or unappreciated... Thanks for your anticipated cooperation... We need more people like Muzza in our world and the longer we have him here, the world shines a little brighter...
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  5. Having been a Raspberries and Eric Carmen fan since the mid 70's, and living in New Zealand I felt very much All By Myself.The radio stations here only played a few of their songs. As the years rolled by I managed to find all of theirs and Eric's Albums(more through good luck than good management)During this time I was teased mercilessly by my younger brother. I often wondered what became of them, so one day in 2005 Murray said "lets google "Eric Carmen", so we did and the rest as they say is history. Not only did I discover there had been Reunion concerts there was also an Eric Carmen website. Having signed up I soon found there were many like minded people. We both became members of the website, and spent many happy hours taking part in all sorts of things like games, a chat room and I'll never my 1st prom.(it's not something we have here). Then we discovered Weekend at Berine's .We were able to see pics and read about all of the antics that went on. Not to feel left out we had our own Weekend at Bernie's Down Under, and as part of that we phoned them and they passed the phone around.It was way cool cos I got to speak to Jim The following year there was talk of Eric doing a solo concert so we decided to go for it, but for a number of reasons it didn't happen.So we decided to go to Weekend at Bernies. It was amazing to finally meet so many of the people we'd interacted with on EC.com.But the biggest shock was when Eric arrived.(BTW we really didn't know he was going to be there!!) We thought that that was going to be out "trip of a lifetime", but we have been very blessed to have had 4 more visits traveling all over America and meeting a large number of wonderfully kind and generous people As Murray would tell our friends here when they'd ask us about all our trips and friends in America , "It all started with the music" So thank you Bernie for making it all possible by starting EC.com
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  6. On March 4, 2006, I took a trip to Cleveland to see Wally Bryson and Jim Bonfanti reunite with some of their Choir bandmates for a sold-out show at the Beachland Ballroom. I brought a surprise guest with me that evening...Eric Carmen, who was first inspired by the Choir when he was a teenager looking to form a band of his own. That weekend, I talked to Eric about the success of EricCarmen.com and suggested it might be time for him to sign up. And, he did. On March 6, he set up an account, and on March 7, he made his first post. Some 2,270 posts later, Eric's participation on this Message Board was legen—wait for it—dary! Imagine if you got to trade stories with Paul McCartney, or did daily Q&A's with Mick Jagger, or had the opportunity to have Bruce Springsteen talk about songwriting and the music business. Well, we got that here at EricCarmen.com—and more! Eric was one of us. And I am thankful for every keystroke he shared.
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  7. 2000 was a banner year for Eric Carmen fans. On February 29, 2000, Eric’s album of love songs, Winter Dreams, found a home in the U.S. Renamed I Was Born To Love You after the album’s lead-off single, the CD was released on Pyramid Records. Eric was upbeat about the prospects for his new domestic release. A rave review for the single appeared in Billboard magazine: “Eric Carmen’s name will likely conjure fond memories for music fans of the ‘70s and ‘80s, via his stint, first, with Raspberries (remember “Go All The Way” from 1972?), then as a solo performer (‘All By Myself,’ ‘Never Gonna Fall In Love Again,’ ‘Hungry Eyes’). He returns for a comeback bow some twelve years after his last hit with a self-penned/arranged/produced signature ballad of feeling and passion, thanks to a new deal with Miami-based Pyramid Records. ‘I Was Born To Love You,’ as one might expect, is a piano-driven cut with melodramatic strings, a build as potent as an active volcano, and a melody, that, a couple times through, will stick with you the rest of the day. It’s likely that AC stations embracing this surprise return will find an audience that immediately recognizes the voice, and they may well find favor in this full-bodied, savvily performed and absolutely lovely tune. What a nice moment from his new album of the same name.” Tickets for “A Special Evening With Eric Carmen” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced for sale at EricCarmen.com — an hour later, all of the tickets were gone. The show, which promised a question-and-answer session along with a live performance, was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Eric in an intimate setting. Then on May 1, Ringo Starr held a press conference in New York City to announce the lineup of his new All-Starr Band: Jack Bruce, Dave Edmunds, Simon Kirke and Eric! The band played to sell-out shows across the country, with Eric performing "Go All The Way," "All By Myself," and "Hungry Eyes" each night. On several special shows, lucky fans got to see him play "Boats Against The Current." On May 15, Ringo was a guest on Late Night With David Letterman. The show featured a live performance of "With A Little Help From My Friends."
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  8. Congratulations to Kirk ahead of the drawing...He wins everything...
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  9. Muzza and Kiwi are two of my favorite people on earth. I met them at Bernie's (WAB/Eric's BD party) and was able to reconnect again during one of their later visits to the US. They were so very loving and supportive of me during the most difficult time in my life, praying with me from half a world away. My heart is with them both as they navigate this difficult path now, and I am storming Heaven with prayers for Muzza's health situation. I hope they both know how much they are loved and cared about. Dear Muzz and Kiwi, kids, if there's ANYTHING I can do...you know I'm here...always, anytime. I love you both so much!
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  10. I was fortunate enough to meet Muzza and Kiwi (Murray and Marilyn) when they visited Chicago and we all attended the Hardrock Cafe for a luncheon. Everyone in the group was from the board here, maybe 12-15 people, if I recall correctly. Among other things, I gave them a Chicago Blackhawks pennant and because of my name being Blackhawkpat here, somehow they got the idea that I owned the hockey team! Lol (I’ve certainly blown enough money on the team over the past 50+ years but ownership? Not just yet) They told me they hung the pennant up in their living room and anyone who visited them would ask them about it, “The ultimate conversation piece” as they put it. Marilyn wrote me and told me they had never watched hockey before but because of me, every time a Blackhawks playoff game was on national television in New Zealand they tuned in and rooted for my beloved team. That truly made me happy. Two great people, both with huge hearts and big smiles, that I hope and pray the best for. I need you to get well soon Murray, so you are there when I eventually take over from the Wirtz family and buy the team! Get healthy my friend, I’ll be praying for you! Blackhawkpat
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  11. Lew, that is truly the greatest post you ever wrote. Susie, the same to you. There is such authentic, heartfelt love in the words both of you wrote. Thank you! I met Muzza and Kiwi at Weekend at Bernie's (WAB) in 2007. For newer posters, Bernie used to host a big EC.com gathering at his home in NJ. It's where you could put faces to the names behind the posts here. The year I was there was also the year Eric Carmen and Jim Bonfanti showed up. I had my two (very young) daughters with me, and we got there late and left even later, driving all night to get to our destination (family visit). Muzza and Kiwi were two of the absolute highlights. I mean, flying from New Zealand to see Raspberries and attend WAB? Amazing. And they made such a sweet fuss over my two girls—something a dad notices and forever appreciates. (By the way, Muzza and Kiwi, those two little sweethearts are now 22 and 19! Time is a thief. They do remember the party, though. And I have a picture of them with Eric, though now I wish I had shot them with everyone at the party.) Anyway, I stayed in touch with Muzza and Kiwi through the board and, after they stopped posting here, Facebook. And for years, through fantasy sports. Yes, around the time of WAB, I started fantasy baseball and fantasy football leagues filled with EC.com board members. Muzza isn't much into American football or baseball, but we got him involved every spring by having him choose our draft order, randomly. I always got a kick out of that—no one could complain about his or her draft position; Commissioner LC had nothing to do with it. Muzza handled it from halfway around the earth. So, if you pop back in and read this, Muzza, thank you again! Wishing you all good things and offering positive thoughts and virtual hugs... from the other side of this "rock revolving around the golden sun" (to quote Julian Lennon). Your faith is an inspiration. With admiration, good vibes, and love, Larry (LC)
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  12. Agreed! Muzza & Kiwi just celebrated their wedding anniversary this week. They have been through SO much over the past few years and have truly honored those wedding vows, together through thick and thin. They have such open hearts full of love and the spirit of adventure. Sending the power of prayer and love across the ocean to New Zealand. We said a special prayer in the barn last night for Muzza as I know how much he loves animals. He's got the love and horsepower of eight rescued racehorses on his side, and they know how miracles can happen and are grateful to be alive to pay it forward. Love you Muzza & Kiwi!!!! ❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️ 🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎
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  13. I know EricCarmen.com will never get close to the attention fans gave it when it inspired Eric and the band to reunite for a series of concerts, but threads like this one, and others in recent days tells me it still has a purpose. And a voice. And serves as a place for more introspective dialog than vapid social media posts ever could. Glad I was convinced to keep it around.
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  14. Congratulations and THANK YOU, Bernie!! 👏 Here's to another 25 years!!
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  15. As a late bloomer(I came aboard in 2002), I have always been grateful that Bernie has accomplished the things that he has...If it wasn’t for this website, I might still be thinking that I was the only Raspberries(EC Fan) in the world... Have has some great times here and Made some life-long friends as well...Hope I never see this website posted under the heading “Don’t Want To Say Goodbye”...hope for another 25 years...Thanx, Bern...
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  16. Last evening, the topic on Bob Lefsetz's SXM podcast was "Greatest Albums of 1972". At the 12:10 mark, "David from Georgia" called in and insightfully (yea, that was me) discussed why he thought Raspberries' self titled, first album was the best album of that year. At the end of the call, Bob said a lot of great things about Raspberries as well as Eric. Specifically, he mentioned Overnight Sensation as a song that he could listen all day long to also gave an endorsement of Runaway as a very special tune on Boats Against the Current. Bob's emailed "letter" as well as his podcast are staples in the music industry. His audience is in the tens of thousands.
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  17. A son took his father to a restaurant to enjoy a delicious dinner. His father is quite old and therefore, a little weak too. While eating, food occasionally fell on his shirt and pants. The other guests watched the old man with their faces contorted in disgust, but his son remained calm. After they both finished eating, the son quietly helped his father and took him to the toilet. Cleaned food scraps from his crampled face and attempted to wash food stains on his clothes, graciously combed his gray hair and finally put on his glasses. As they left the restroom, a deep silence reigned in the restaurant. The son paid their bill but just before they leave, a man, also old, got up and ask the old man’s son, “Don’t you think you left something here?” The young man replied “I did not leave anything.” Then the stranger said to him, ”You left a lesson here for every son and a hope for every father.” The whole restaurant was so quiet, you could hear a pin drop! One of the greatest honours that exist, is being able to take care of those who have taken care of us too. Our parents and all those elders who sacrificed their lives with all their time, money and effort for us, deserve our utmost respect. ❣️♥️❤️
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  18. I may have a video from WAB someplace, but these are just a couple of fun pictures...first one is me with Muzza and Kiwi, the second is Jennifer and Annie with Muzza and Kiwi, and the others are just a few of the gazillion I have from Eric's BD party. (Sorry the quality of a couple of them aren't so good.)
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  19. Good times with the Kiwi's!
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  20. Great posts, Lew, Susie, and LC! Without a doubt one of the most delightful couples I've ever known. I too have been in contact with Murray privately. Although he is in the best of hands with Marilyn (his wife, partner, and nurse) and his Lord Jesus Christ, prayers and well wishes are welcomed I'm sure. God Bless the both of them during this time.
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  21. Who is this...Santa Bernie? Ho. Ho. Ho.
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  22. FROM ERIC: "Thanks! I have seen this one, but the really impressive one is Mel's appearance on The Merv Griffin Show where he does 'Boats.' I haven't seen the Merv clip in a while but he and Merv go on and on about 'Eric Carmen.' It was quite a moment for me!" So, we have new challenge for you, Kirk (and all you other web sleuths). Find that clip!
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  23. Congrats on 25 years! I’ve been late to the party but better fashionably late than never! Been in love with Eric’s voice and music for many years and never knew this page was here until a few years ago. Bernie, you have put a lot of blood, sweat & tears into the site - thank you for all you’ve done. So nice to read the message from Eric! thanks again - this is one place I know will be a wealth of information as well as laughs and making friends with a shared interest! Pam ❤️
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  24. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks, Bernie. Because of your passion and efforts, I was able to see Raspberries perform live 5 times since I last saw them in 1975. I stumbled across this site quite accidentally (fate?) in 2005 while doing a general internet search for Raspberries-band ( as opposed to raspberry jam, pie, orchards, recipes, etc.. that all came up first!). I immediately joined after reading all of the postings and the talk of the reunion. I joined under a different screen name and was one of the most active posters. I dropped off in 2011 for several reasons, but I rejoined in 2012 under the current screen name. I just could not stay away! I was blessed to have attended the Weekend at Bernie's when Eric, Jim and spouses made surprise appearances. It was a day that will always be among my most treasured experiences. I also spent much time with Dennis Ferrante (RIP) and Paul Sidoti (mostly while he was reclining on a lounge chair with adult beverage of choice!!!) I can't even count how many LP's and CD's I have that Dennis is listed as Recording Engineer. And Paul shot to the top and became Taylor Swift's guitarist. Unbelievable. But most of all, the wonderful people that became friends. It is true, and I am guilty of being stuck in time. Nostalgia is a terminal disease, because I will never stop loving the music, movies, TV shows and artists from my younger days, and I am not sorry and offer no apologies. Thank you Eric and Bernie for being major components of my little world.
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  25. Congratulations, Bernie! Discovering that this website existed through a shared computer at the local library prompted me to get our first computer in late 1997. Who'd have thought a website could change your life? In addition to everything you said above, I'd like to add that during the 25 years of EricCarmen.com I've made friends from all over the world, found other Raspberries/Eric fanatics, discovered articles, photos, demos, concerts, videos, etc. and a place where they could be shared and appreciated...HERE! As you stated, website forums may not be what they used to be, but I've never taken this place for granted, even in the lean times. Because of your little labor of love, I've seen Raspberries concerts (again!), been able to converse with Eric on this site, and achieved first-name recognition with my music idol. It's been one 'pinch me' moment after another for this quarter century of EricCarmen.com, and I hope to be here until we all ride off into the sunset in the (hopefully) far distant future. Thank you, Bernie! Long live EricCarmen.com!
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  26. Dear Bernie: One would never think that covid was a cloud with a silver lining but in my case it was. During the lockdown, I decided to delve into my musical past and take out all of my songwriting files and lo and behold I found all of my Eric Carmen influenced songs and notes. That and many new TV commercials that featured All by Myself, prompted me to think, what's he done in the last 6 Years since Brand New Year. Hence the discovery of this website. I did not own a home computer till 2010 but other attempts did not always lead me to the website but in October of 2021 it did. I knew how to navigate a website a little better and I believe I was even on the website a couple years ago but did not even realize how to get out of the homepage LOL. Aside from discussing music which is my passion and discovering others that have the same passion as I do about his songs, I've gained many new friendships. I feel it has pulled me out of this negative space I was in for two years. And even though Eric Carmen no longer participates here, there is still SO much to discover in old threads to keep me entertained for a very long time. Congratulations on 25 years of this amazing website! Thank you Bernie from the bottom of my heart, love you lots.♥️
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  27. Here's a 1972 article from a Memphis, TN newspaper with a photo of Eric and Dave that I haven't seen before. I'm guessing it was taken during a press meeting because the photo carries the credit: "Staff photo," which means it was taken locally.
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  28. In 2007, Raspberries continued their reunion tour making stops in both coasts and ending back where they started, in Cleveland, Ohio: October 13, 2007 — Highline Ballroom, New York NY October 14, 2007 — Highline Ballroom, New York NY November 28, 2007 — The Grove, Anaheim CA November 30, 2007 — House of Blues, West Hollywood CA December 14, 2007 — Playhouse Square, Cleveland OH Their show at the House of Blues in West Hollywood was filmed in high-definition with multi-track audio. Unlike the "Live on Sunset Strip" show that was released on DVD in standard definition, this show was shot in full eye-popping HD. Hopefully, the full show will one day find its way to an official release by the band. But until then, and I'm not even sure I'm allowed to share this, but what the heck... it's EricCarmen.com's 25th Anniversary. Enjoy!
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  29. Great job! I pulled the clip for anyone who'd like to hear it: LEFSETZ LIVE - APRIL 26, 2022
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  30. Special thanks to LC for reinvigorating the board with meaningful stuff...His reappearance here has pushed some of the “newbies” like Rhonda and Helen into some thought provoking digging through the archives... As always, Thanx to Craig, James, Kirk, Matthew C and Susie, Annie etc. from keeping the walls from crumbling ... Girlfan has always been a consistent poster... Kyle’s reemergence had been a welcome shot in the arm while RCT has shaken off the shyness and started to contribute in escalation... I love when I see some of the old timers reappear like Blackhawkpat, Dave from Equinox, Billy(a member of my Connecticut possee), Pretender, LobsterLuvr, Tim from Wisconsin, Mellie... John Shaft floats in and out as does Mike Haag... A really “hats off” salute to Vinnie B Trask...He was a big shot in the arm with new blood as the board was really teetering... Some people disappear without any notice like Michelle, Jim L, Batman and Elle while some departures are understandable like Doreen(hope she is hanging in there and mama2sets of twins.. Some of the stranger disappeances bother me, especially Kazumi and even more recently, Bessieboo.... and, of course, our namesake, EC... Sorry if I left anybody out but I still have a couple if long term effects from Covid like brain fog and shortness of breath (but not shortness of post)... But, above all, bravo to Bernie for hanging in there, when things were dire and continuing to let us plod onward on his dime...and having the good common sense to never make me a moderator... So, we carry on, Boats Against The Current to the end...
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  31. 2004 was the year fans got to read a massive, new Eric Carmen biography! More than that, visitors of EricCarmen.com were offered a special limited hardcover edition—signed by Eric himself. ERIC CARMEN: MARATHON MAN was an exclusive, in-depth biography written by Bernie Hogya and Ken Sharp. A major publishing project, two years in the making and fully authorized, ERIC CARMEN: MARATHON MAN (with 432 pages and over 100 unpublished photographs) was the first serious book written about Eric and the Raspberries and is the ultimate inside story for Eric Carmen fans and power pop followers worldwide. Well he was sixteen, and sick of school. He didn't know what he wanted to do. He bought a guitar. He got the fever. That's rock and roll. From his formative musical beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio, to his chart-toppers with Raspberries, "Go All The Way," "I Wanna Be With You," and "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)," to his solo career smashes, "All By Myself," "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again," 'Hungry Eyes," and "Make Me Lose Control," Eric Carmen, who many have rightfully proclaimed the father of power pop, has proven himself a musical genius with few equals. For the first time ever, this definitive biography chronicled the compelling story of a two-and-a-half-year-old child prodigy who dreamed of becoming the next John Lennon, Paul McCartney, or Mick Jagger. What he really wanted was a hit record (yeah)! He got it, and more, in a career that spanned four decades. Exhaustively researched, ERIC CARMEN: MARATHON MAN showcased exclusive interviews with Eric, fellow bandmates, producers, musical contemporaries, as well as family and friends, and was profusely illustrated with over 100 rare and previously unpublished photographs. There were just a handful of the limited hardcover books available. Each copy was personally autographed by Eric Carmen. And they sold out fast. If you were one of the lucky fans who got one, you also received this Certificate of Authenticity showing Eric signing the books. When Ken and I wrote the book, we had no idea that Raspberries would ever reunite, let alone play concerts coast-to-coast. In fact, the Raspberries chapter of the book ended with this sour prediction: "As for a Raspberries reunion, the general consensus now is that it will never happen." How glad that we were wrong about that one! An updated version of the book—with full coverage of the band's reunion—is still available at Amazon.com, Apple Books, or Smashwords in ebook form. If you haven't read the book...what are you waiting for?
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  32. Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. I never seemed to be satisfied with the look of the website in its early days—changing thing around every year or so. I guess as the technology improved, and my skills at designing within the confines of the technology improved, I wanted EricCarmen.com to look better and better. 2001 was no exception. That year the website made a big jump in the look and feel of things. Here's a snapshot of what visitors saw in 2001, courtesy of the "Wayback Machine" at Archive.org:
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  33. By its third year, the "Eric Carmen Home Page" made its way out of America Online's servers and into the web at a new address: www.ericcarmen.com! A new home and a new look greeted visitors that year. At this point, Eric was regularly answering questions at the website and we had started work on an extensive Eric Carmen biography, which would eventually make its way into book form. Thanks to the magic of the Internet Archive, here's a screenshot of what you would have seen had you logged in then.
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  34. “I think ‘I Was Born To Love You’ is one of my loveliest melodies." —Eric Carmen, Eric Carmen: Marathon Man In January 1998, Eric Carmen gave a gift to his fans by issuing his first album of new songs since 1984. Initially released only in Japan, the news was first revealed to visitors of EricCarmen.com by Eric himself. "I am planning to go to Japan around the 16th for about 8 or 9 days to do promotion for the record. When I get back at the end of the month I will turn my attention to finding a label for the rest of the world." —Eric Carmen, EricCarmen.com ERIC CARMEN — RADIO SUNSHINE INTERVIEW — TOKYO ———— WINTER DREAMS Liner Notes Translated from the Japanese liner notes by Noriko Hiratani. Sweeter and more bitter than any love story — his ballads can make time stand still. After a 13 year interval, this new album by Eric Carmen, who created the classic ballad "All By Myself," is his best work — focusing all of his talents as a melody maker. It was long. It was really long. Hearing that Eric Carmen finished recording his latest album after a 13 year interval, all I could feel was it was long. I'm not saying those 13 years were long. It passed incredibly fast since hearing the news that Eric was working on his album, and the rumor that he finished recording... but I can't help feeling he kept me waiting for so long. I was really happy to hear Eric himself saying strongly, "This is the album I really wanted to make." In June of 1997, I had the chance to visit Beachwood Studios in his hometown of Cleveland, and interview him for the first time. Eric said with a smile, "I've been working on this album for two years." All I could do was smile back, though inside I wanted to say, "Please finish it soon." Why did it take so long? The answer is simple. Eric Carmen is an uncompromising perfectionist who never approves his work as an album until he is satisfied in every way. Lastly, I'd like to talk about the musicians playing on this album. Most of parts were played by the perfectionist Eric himself, so not many guests are credited. Bruce Gaitsch played guitar on some songs. Alexandria Brown and Sue Anne Carwell, who are popular female studio singers in the L.A. music scene, sang backing vocals. However, the most interesting thing is that ex-Raspberries member Wally Bryson played guitar on two songs, "I Could Really Love You" and "Every Time I Make Love To You." The Raspberries have been highly reevaluated recently, so his participation is all the more notable. Above all, the most wonderful thing is that Eric played again with his former Raspberries band mate in Cleveland, where they had both grown up together. In 1997's major league baseball scene, the Cleveland Indians achieved good results on the road to the World Series. Being a baseball fan, Eric teased us, saying, "I was so anxious that the Indians would win that I couldn't concentrate on recording." So, now that new album is finally here, it's O.K. for him to say anything he likes! "1998 will be a wonderful year, 'cause it started with your new album" — I suppose I'm not the only one who thinks so. I'm so grateful that I could write this liner notes. - Toshiki Nakada, Cool Sound Inc. MESSAGES From Japanese Musicians "His new album really moved me. Though it was just the little heart of a man like me, his songs surely moved it. I believe it is the most important thing in making music, and it is so wonderful." — Barbe-Q Wasada "The first album I heard of Eric Carmen was his early album "Boats Against the Current," before I debuted. Since then, I listened to all his albums at their releases, traced back to not only his solo works but also the Raspberries, and finally I became an Eric Carmen freak. His album released this time is full of pop elements, and strength of melody has increased. I'm happy that he released the album from the same label with me, and, above all, I'm so happy that here is the album which shows my favorite artist is alive and still kicking. — Keizo Nakanishi ABOUT THE SONGS by Hisayuki Azuma 1. I Was Born To Love You A beautiful ballad characteristic of Eric and the first single released ahead of the album in October '97. Co-written by Eric and Andy Goldmark. This team also co-wrote Peter Cetera and Crystal Bernard's "I Wanna Take Forever Tonight" (No.86/'95). Andy himself is known for Jeffrey Osborne's "You Should Be Mine" (No.13/'86) and Michael Bolton's "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" (No.4/'91). Playing guitar on this song is Bruce Gaitsch, who is known for co-writing Richard Marx's "Don't Mean Nothing" (No.3/'87), while supporting Glenn Frey, Peter Cetera, Timothy B. Schmitt, and Madonna. 2. Someone That You Loved Before Contrary to "I Was Born To Love You," which describes love's sweet beginning, this one, the 2nd single from this album, is a sad song describing the realization of fading love. Both are equally excellent ballads. Diane Warren should be called the most successful songwriter in this decade, who has offered Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" (No.1/'87), Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" (No.1/'96), and Toni Braxton's "Un-break My Heart" (No.1/'96), to mention a few of her numerous hits. Diane also offered "My Heart Stops" to Eric in '92. Bruce Gaitsch on guitar, Alexandria Brown, who supported Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, Bridgette Bryant, who supported Phil Collins, and Sue Ann Carwell on backing vocals. This song has been already rerecorded under the title "L'Amour T'Aidera" by French singer Jane Fostin on her self-titled album. 3. Everytime I Make Love To You The talking point of this song is that ex-Raspberries member Wally Bryson played guitar. After the break up of Raspberries, Wally played in some bands such as Tattoo and Fotomaker, which he formed with ex-Rascals members. It must please their fans to see that even though they had once broken up, a long time has passed and they have been united to play together again. Eric, Andy Goldmark and Steve Kipner co-wrote this song. Steve is the ex-member of Steve and the Board, and Tin Tin from Australia, and is known as the songwriter of Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" (no.1/'81) and Chicago's "Hard Habit to Break" (No.3/'84). 4. Cartoon World Being an excellent melody maker, his listeners, in general, are most attracted by his ballads. Personally, however, I feel much more attracted by his pop numbers like this one, which displays the feeling of 60's rock and soul, or twinkling melody lines in his rock'n roll numbers. What is interesting about this song is that Eric co-wrote with British singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, whose contribution brought sparkling vivacity to the song. 5. Almost Paradise This gem of a love ballad that Eric wrote for the movie "Footloose" reached No.1 in '84 sung by Mike Reno from the Loverboy and Ann Wilson from the Heart. Eric himself had cut the single from "Dirty Dancing-Live in Concert", which was a duet with Merry Clayton, but this is the first time he recorded this song in the studio. His partner is Janey Clewer, a singer-songwriter from Pennsylvania and the wife of the guitarist Bruce Gaitsch. This collaboration led to Eric's participation in her album "Call Me Romantic" in '96, which proves how long a time it took to record the songs on "Winter Dreams." Eric co-wrote this song for the first time with Dean Pitchford, who is known as the lyricist of Kenny Loggin's "Footloose" (No.1/'84), and Whitney Houston's "All the Man I Need" (No.1/'91). 6. Top Down Summer Is this Eric's answer for the Beach Boys? A splendid pop number of summer. Co-written with Dean Pitchford, so if you listen to this song as the sequel to "Make Me Loose Control" (No.3/'88), you could see the connection and extension of the story in these two songs. Sorry for my short knowledge, but no information on guitarist Darris Atkins and backing vocalist Jennifer Lee. 7. Isn't It Romantic Like "I Was Born to Love You," this elegant ballad is co-written with Andy Goldmark. Listening to the songs prepared for "Winter Dreams," I get the impression that Eric has been mentally gratified recently. Bruce Gaitsch and Janey Clewer took part in this song, just as with "Almost Paradise". 8. I Could Really Love You This song reminds me somehow of the Beatles in the mid 60's, or the Raspberries on the album "Fresh" (No.36/'72). Another song co-written by Eric and Dean Pitchford. Along with Wally Bryson, ex-James Gang bass player Dale Peters took place on this song, which brings me this image of Eric, Wally, and Dale are chattering about the old and recent music scene in Cleveland, Ohio. 9. Caroline, No "Where did your long hair go?" — this impressive phrase starts off the masterpiece on the Beach Boy's highly discussed album "Pet Sounds" (No.10/'66), which is a favorite of Eric's. Cut from the album as a single in the name of the main force of the band, Brian Wilson (No.32, '66). With support from Bruce Gaitsch, Eric reproduced this song with loyalty to the original version, and I can detect his delicacy of treating the song not to spoil its preciousness. 10. I Wanna Take Forever Tonight Another self cover song like "Almost Paradise". As mentioned previously, this mellow ballad was originally written for Peter Cetera and Crystal Bernard. It seems Eric can write excellent songs of this sort quite easily. Again Bruce Gaitsch played guitar here. 11. Walk Away Renee A remake of the good representative of baroque/classical rock. Previously remade by Four Tops (No.14/'68), and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (No.98/'86), but originally the debut single of New York based quintet the Left Banke (No.5/'66). Left Banke is one of great influences on the Raspberries, and are known for their relation with Steven Taralico, who later became Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Eric's version conveys well the charms of the original version, though this one is finished in sharper production. ERIC CARMEN A Profile Lastly, for the fans who recently got interested in Eric Carmen through the albums of Celine Dion or Janey Clewer, here is his brief profile: Eric Howard Carmen was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 11, 1949. He's 48 years old now. He took the lessons of classical music (piano and violin) in his childhood, but when he found the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who, his interest switched to rock'n roll. Since then, he played in local bands like the Fugitives and the Harlequins. In '69, he professionally debuted as the member of Cyrus Erie with the single "Sparrow/Get the Message". He also released in same year "Ain't Nothing Gonna Stop Me/Southern Comfort" as the Quick. In '72 he started over as the main force of the Raspberries, which he formed with ex-Cyrus Erie Wally Bryson, and with the release of their million seller single "Go All the Way" they attained successful nation-wide popularity. However, troubles among the members brought the band to an end (their last concert was in '75). After the breakup, Eric started his solo career, and his first step was "All By Myself," released from Arista in '75, which became his representative song. For some years he released his works constantly, but since the 80's, has been missing from the music scene. However, he's been enjoying a high reputation as a songwriter, and is greatly respected by his fans, including musicians like Axl Rose of Guns 'N' Roses, and REM.
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  35. I quit drinking in 1996. I´ve got the disease AA talks about, though I worked hard and lived productively while I was drinking. Glad I quit. Not a drop since. I possibly wouldn´t have made it to 50 as he did if I hadn´t quit. Anybody reading this who´s addicted, please get help, it´s ok. And don´t forget, God loves you, unconditionally. Go to him.
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  36. In today’s paper inserts, Parade magazine, featuring 1972, the stories behind the year’s most unforgettable songs. Raspberries featured for Go All the Way. Great to see this!!
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  37. You asked for it. You got it. Share news, stories and photos celebrating the lives of those who passed away. Please bear with the Moderators as they move any RIP notices currently housed in the "Everything" section to this one. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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  38. I saw one in full bloom:
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  39. I watched the entire rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame telecast on HBO last weekend and I’ve got to tell you, it’s really irritating to see these hip-hop guys getting in this early while groups like the Monkees, the Guess Who, and of course, our own Raspberries are still waiting entry. I thought it was a real truth to watch the great and classy Carole King come out and perform a beautiful heartfelt version of “You’ve Got a Friend” accompanied by many of the terrific veteran musicians who played on her Tapestry album, only to be followed by LL Cool J who was accompanied by rapper Eminem as they proceeded to trade off “F bombs” with each other. Really showed you the downfall of music. Even in LL’s acceptance speech, he almost appeared uncomfortable being inducted as he said (paraphrasing) “all you rock ‘n’ rollers out there, we sample your riffs and they are great, but please understand we are artists too.” Are ya? I am far from the “get off my lawn guy”, (well, not too far at this point lol) but have some respect, man, for the people like Carole and Tina Turner, who have both waited far too long for entry. I try to give all music a listen, but this was just absolute trash. Now back to your regular programming…..
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  40. WHEN WE LAST SAW OUR ROCKER FRIENDS, THEY WERE TURNED AWAY FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE AND SENT BACK ON THEIR JOURNEY IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIND THEIR WAY BACK HOME… AFTER SEVERAL DAYS ADRIFT, THEY APPROACHED A NAVIGABLE WATERWAY… LET US BEGIN… WALLY-“Where the hell are we” ERIC-“I think I see a sign” ERIC-“Amy…From your days as a weather girl, do you remember where on a map the Long Island Sound is…? AMY-“Let me see if I can visualize it”…”Yes…I can see the map now in my head” AMY-“It’s way over there…It’s a body of water between New York and Connecticut… Unlike a body of flab like Wally…” WALLY-“That’s enough, Amy…We agreed to stop with the insults” AMY-“I’m sorry, Walrus, I mean Wally” KAY-“You’re lucky he can’t hear too good…He’s got cataracts..“ AMY-“Cataracts ?…Did you go to public school, Kay? WALLY-“I hate to tell you guys, but the Party’s Over”…We are drifting on-shore…” AFTER THE BOAT LANDS ON A BEACH, THE 4 SET OUT TO GET SOME HELP… ERIC-“Hey guys, I see a sign…It might tell us where we are”… KAY-“Welcome to Westport…The little picture at the top of the sign says Connecticut…Well, at least we are in America”… AMY-“Public school education paying off… ERIC-“Hey, there’s a house over there…Let’s see if they can help us”… ERIC-“Hmm, 1164 Morning Glory Circle…That sounds very familiar…” WALLY-“Let’s take a peek inside…” KAY-“It’s the Steven’s family” ERIC-“Girls stay outside for a minute…Wally and I will go in and try to figure out if we can get some help”… GLADYS KRAVITZ-“Hey Abner…There’s four girls at the Steven’s house…Come here…takes a look… ABNER-“That’s not four girls…It’ s two girls and two rock and roll type guys…Look how dirty they look…Probably looking for a hand-out…You need to get your cataracts cleared up…” GLADYS-“What’s cataracts?…Stop using those big words… I went to public school, you know”… MEANWHILE, ERIC AND WALLY KNOCK ON THE FRONT DOOR… DARRIN-“Who the hell can that be”? DARRIN-“Can I help you”? WALLY AND ERIC TELL THEM THE WHOLE STORY AND DARRIN SAYS HE’S BUSY IN A BUSINESS MEETING AND REALLY CAN’T HELP… SUDDENLY, DARRIN’S BOSS, LARRY TATE, AND ANOTHER MAN EMERGE TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON… LARRY-“Darrin, hurry up we have to finish our business meeting…”Get these bum’s out of here……………”.. … DARRIN-“Sorry, can’t help you guys”… SUDDENLY, THE MAN ACCOMPANYING LARRY TATE TO THE DOOR YELLS OUT.. ADDITIONAL MAN-“Eric, Wally?…Is that you?” ERIC AND WALLY TOGETHER”-“Dave Shea…LobsterLuver…What are you doing here?” LOBSTER-“I moved to Westport Conn. a few years back when I got a job with Larry Tate’s advertising company”… LARRY TATE-“Wait a minute…You guys all know each other?” DAVE SHEA AKA LOBSTERLVR…”Yea…We all met through Bernie Hogya’s website, Ericcarmen.com”…This is Eric Carmen and Wally Bryson of Raspberries… LARRY TATE-“ “Hold on a minute…I don’t know Raspberries from Cranberries, but did you say Bernie Hogya?” ERIC-“Yea, he runs my website…How do you know Bernie? LARRY -“Are you kidding me?…He is legendary in our business…We are an advertising company and he created GOT MILK…Can you call him up and get him to do a photo shoot with me with a GOT MILK mustache…?…It will mean a big promotion for your friend Lobsterman…” ERIC-“I’ll call him right now”… ERIC-“Damn answering machine…”HELLO, YOU HAVE REACHED THE OFFICE OF BERNIE HOGYA…I AM CURRENTLY AWAY FROM MY DESK OR OUT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DISCONTINUE EC.COM…PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE”… ERIC-“Bernie, It’s Eric…Call me back as soon as you can…Wally and I need a favor” WILL BERNIE RETURN ERIC’S CALL?…WILL BERNIE OBLITERATE THE BOARD AGAIN? STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 ENTITLED “A TWITCH IN TIME”?
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  41. As incredible as "Fooling' Myself" from the Tonight You're Mine album is, Eric's original piano demo is even better. Raw and powerful in a way that the polished version isn't. What a great bit of poetry set to music. Enjoy! ERIC CARMEN - FOOLIN' MYSELF (DEMO) Bernie
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  42. This site was a huge part of my life for many years. Though I do not check in as often in recent times, I still fondly recall the interactions with many of the members here. Sadly I did not get to attend any of the reunion shows and missed out on actually meeting some of you. But friendships were forged none-the-less and I am thrilled that Raspbernie has kept the place alive this quarter century. Great to see a message from the man, the myth, the legend... the site's namesake himself as well. Smile on my face atm for sure!
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  43. On June 7, 2010, I posted a story about the time Keith Moon jumped up on stage with Raspberries at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles in '74. Eric—who was regularly posting on the Message Board at the time—added some personal anecdotes to the thread. Since then, I discovered some color slides showing Raspberries playing that very same show before Keith joined them for the encore. Here are a couple. Enjoy!
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  44. Thought you might enjoy seeing this, Rhonda. It's hanging in my office.
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  45. EricCarmen.com started small. Originally called "The Eric Carmen Home Page," it boasted a handful of Members and was created to bring together fans of Eric Carmen from all corners of the internet. Over the course of its next 24+ years, it did that and more—not only bringing together fans but bringing together a band. Reuniting Raspberries and getting them to play for us was one of EricCarmen.com's greatest achievements. It was the culmination of everything everyone who ever visited this website could have hoped to dream for. And we're not done yet. On May 11, 2022, we'll be marking our 25th year! So, consider this phase 1 of our celebration. To acknowledge this 3 million hit milestone, EricCarmen.com is giving away 3 sets of EricCarmen.com goodies, including a cool piano-shaped USB thumb drive containing every Eric Carmen and Raspberries album, unreleased demos, rare videos and more! Only 3 of these prizes will be offered. Also included in each winner's package will be several rare and desirable items from the EricCarmen.com archive! May the best fan win. Send your name and address to raspbernie@ericcarmen.com to enter — only one per person. You have to be a Member to enter, and winners will be chosen at random. Winners will be chosen April 22, 2022. Good luck everyone!
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  46. This past Valentine’s Day, I decided to go all out to romance Karen V. I scoured the internet for romantic love letters and found one that Beethoven had once written, so I said, what the hell, I’ll steal it...Ludwig isn’t scouring the internet at this point...This is gonna be great... "Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, Be calm-love me-today-yesterday-what tearful longings for you-you-you-my life-my all-farewell. Oh continue to love me-never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours." So I mailed a beautiful card to Karen V. that I got from the Dollar Store(thankfully before they went up to a buck and a quarter)and strategically mailed it to arrive at her house on Valentine’s Day... I waited around the corner from her house, anxiously awaiting the postman to make his daily rounds... I came prepared...I had found a perfect suit at Goodwill that morning for $20 and armed with a dozen roses I had found in the dumpster at a nearby florist shop, (rust colored-very unique) and a box of chocolates, (again beating the Dollar Store’s attempt at extortion), I was ready for action...After all, what should you expect after shelling out $22 bucks... The postman knocked on her door since there is no mail box...(I had inadvertently knocked it over the week before as I was trying to look in her windows...Hey, it was dark out and I don’t see too well at night anymore...I thought that the Halo’s around the lights that I saw from potential cataracts were a sign from God that I was doing the right thing... Anyway, I gave her a few moments to absorb Lewdwig’s letter and let her emotion flow freely... I knocked on her door and it revealed a beautiful Karen, sobbing uncontrollably and I just knew that she was mine... ”Well, what did you think about the card”? “It is beautiful..,” she exclaimed.. I told her to read it aloud so that I could feel her whole womanliness exposed to me in wanton expression... She opened the card and read it aloud... ”I will call you “Dear”, When you fetch my beer, And if that fails, you can clip my toenails But above all, Karen Valentine, Will you be MY VALENTINE” Love, James ... And then she said that was the sweetest thing she had ever read... Just then, I looked at her little night table and realized that she hadn’t even opened my card yet... I thrusted the card into her hand and made her read it... After a few seconds, she stood up and slapped me so hard in the face that my teeth slid across the floor like a dozen loose chiclets... And the last thing I remember before the police came and dragged me out was that she was on the phone booking a flight to Panama...
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  47. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO MY ERIC CARMEN.COM FRIENDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  48. Malware was detected at the EricCarmen.com Forum, which took a few days to clean up. Such a major pain in the butt. Anyway, we're back. Miss us? Bernie
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