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Les R.

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  • Birthday 05/18/1964

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  • Favorite Eric Carmen Album
    Boats Against the Current
  • Favorite Eric Carmen Song
    She Did It

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  1. My Top 5 solo deep cuts: 1. She Remembered 2. Someone That You Loved Before 3. Someday 4. Last Night 5. Haven't We Come a Long Way And Raspberries: 1. I Saw the Light 2. If You Change Your Mind 3. Drivin' Around 4. Crusin' Music 5. I Reach for the Light And I believe that among Eric's tracks that SHOULD have been released as a single because of its popular acclaim on YouTube is: "Love Is All That Matters."
  2. Here's the Wikipedia article I just created for "It Hurts Too Much". I've created most of the articles for songs that Eric has written. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Hurts_Too_Much
  3. My favorites are: "Boats", the '76 LP, "Change of Heart" and the '84 LP. And speaking of Tonight You're Mine, I just found out that "It Hurts Too Much" was a major hit in South Africa, peaking at #3. It was his biggest hit there, although he had two other Top 10 hits as well. Did anyone else know this??
  4. Since there were more than three years between the two songs, I'd say if there was any 'sampling' going on then it had to be on Eric's end. And may I say, it is not unknown for Eric to have done such things, particularly on his debut LP. But if anyone asks where you heard such a thing, it wasn't from me! To be fair though, I believe there is not only some mutual admiration (and inspiration) between the two men, but also some professional (if not also friendly) rivalry. I don't recall where I read this, but in early '72 when the Raspberries were recording "I Saw the Light," who showed up in the studio but Mr. Todd Rundgren (aka 'Runt'). And it was VERY shortly thereafter that Todd came out with his own very different and very good song but with the same title. And get this, there were between the date of Todd's single hitting the charts and the release of the Raspberries debut album, there were only TWO DAYS. So you tell me... I wonder if Capitol chose not to release their "I Saw the Light" because of Todd's. It's a great track and I always thought it could've made the Raspberries another hit single.
  5. I think so, if what you mean is its release in any particular nation. My research indicates that it charted on three continents in the month of release, just apparently not in North America.
  6. This week, these artists are charting on the Billboard A/C chart! 14 ELTON JOHN Home Again 29 ERIC CLAPTON Every Little Thing 24 ROD STEWART She Makes Me Happy 43 CHER Woman's World 38 EARTH, WIND & FIRE My Promise All of these artists were having hits not only before Eric, but even before the Raspberries. Therefore, if they can do it, I know Eric can! I for one would love to see him join his cohorts back on the charts. His name would fit in perfectly among these legends! Also, in the past year or so I have attended awesome concerts by: Crystal Gayle, who will soon be 63. Elton John, who is 66. Diana Ross, who is 69. Barry Manilow, who just turned 70. Paul McCartney, who just turned 71. And the Grass Roots, with members in their late '60s & early '70s. Therefore, if these artists can tour and all of them give incredible shows, I know Eric can! I for one would love to see him do it, Raspberries or no Raspberries. Eric, don't listen to Billy Joel. Both of you guys have at least 5 or 10 more good years to invest in actively making and performing music. Your fans eagerly await you!
  7. Best birthday wishes from Joplin, Missouri, Eric!
  8. So, does no one have an answer which could explain the above?
  9. Eric: If that is the case, how do you explain you charting with it in Denmark in May, 1976 reaching #7. That date puts it in between NGFILA and Sunrise. Was the US omission intentional, or a glitch by Arista?
  10. I know Eric recorded "That's Rock 'n' Roll" 2 years before Shaun did, but who recorded "Hey Deanie" first? Shaun's version was released almost a year before Eric's. And if Shaun's was first, which one would technically be considered the 'cover'?? If someone else beats a singer-songwriter to the recording studio, is the writer then considered to be covering himself? Or is he (or she) actually considered to be covering the artist who first recorded and/or released the song, regardless of his (or her) own self-authorship of it? These questions have perplexed me for quite some time.
  11. Alan had one other minor follow-up hit entitled, "Started Out Dancing, Ended Up Making Love." It reached #73 Billboard, #93 Cash Box. The flip side was his own rendition of "Angie Baby." And his creative talents were in no way limited to the '70s! He released a new album as recently as 2008, and just last year he wrote and sang the title tune for the film, "You Don't Say." And he was busy with many other musical projects in the interim. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u3saq0vo1s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6ZCF5BFRJ0
  12. I have tickets to see Paul McCartney at one of his shows in Tulsa in 3 weeks, and can't wait! But if he keeps this very same setlist from Brazil, I will be at least a little disappointed. I just don't get it. How could how Paul do off-the-wall songs like, "Let Me Roll It," "Hope of Deliverance," and "All Together Now," while totally overlooking his huge #1 smash hits like "Silly Love Songs," "Coming Up," "With a Little Luck", and "My Love"? I can understand him not doing his big duet hits he did with Michael Jackson, and "Ebony & Ivory" since Stevie Wonder won't be there to sing with him. There's also no way he could do more than just a handful of Beatles hits, and whichever ones he chooses of those will be great. But I will be missing most of his solo hits and Wings songs that his fans have a right to expect to hear, big top 10 hits like "Jet," "Goodnight Tonight," "Uncle Albert," "Let 'Em In," "Take It Away," and "No More Lonely Nights." Sometimes just a medley to at least give their other big hits a nod is enough to pacify miffed fans whose favorites got overlooked at shows. Elton John did the same thing to me last month in Memphis. He sang a series of obscure album tracks that I had never even heard of, while ignoring some of his biggest US #1 hits, "Island Girl," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and "Something About the Way You Look Tonight."
  13. "I set to sea on a ship called emptiness, cast away on the island of loneliness..." That's why Eric put it on Boats! Not that it wouldn't have sounded nice on the Change of Heart LP too, but the opening line alone makes it fit the theme of Boats. Apparently there was some overlap of planning for the two albums because they were released barely a year apart, and "Someday," the flip side of "She Did It," ended up on Change of Heart, which of course fits the theme of that album to a 'T'. I have sometimes wondered why Eric chose not to do a cover of a classic '60s song for Boats as he did on both his first and third LPs (and his most recent). I would have liked to have heard him do Johnny Rivers' "Summer Rain," which I don't believe has ever been redone. "We sailed into the sunset, drifted home caught by a gulfstream..." That song could have made a very nice epilogue to Boats!
  14. OK, this is another "list" thread, and will require some effort, but it's fun! Focusing on the Classic Hits era (1964-89) or any portion thereof, what is your favorite song from each year? I found 1976-1978 were so very difficult to choose. But in the 2000s, half the years I've had trouble finding even one song I like a lot (as indicated by lower case lettering). And Eric, we would LOVE to see your list!!! So this would be a WONderful place for you to just jump back onto the board. ** (Hint, Hint!) ** 1955 HE, Al Hibbler 1956 A ROSE AND A BABY RUTH, George Hamilton IV 1957 DIANA, Paul Anka 1958 DEVOTED TO YOU, Everly Brothers 1959 SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES, Platters 1960 EVERYBODY'S SOMEBODY'S FOOL, Connie Francis 1961 TRAVELIN' MAN, Ricky Nelson 1962 CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE, Elvis Presley 1963 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES, Bobby Vee 1964 BECAUSE, Dave Clark Five 1965 EIGHT DAYS A WEEK, The Beatles 1966 WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED, Jimmy Ruffin 1967 INCENSE & PEPPERMINTS, Strawberry Alarm Clock 1968 AIN'T NOTHING LIKE THE REAL THING, Marvin Gaye & T. Terrell 1969 MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY, Spiral Starecase 1970 AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH, Diana Ross 1971 ME AND BOBBY McGEE, Janis Joplin 1972 GO ALL THE WAY, Raspberries 1973 MY LOVE, Paul McCartney & Wings 1974 STAR BABY, The Guess Who 1975 MAGIC, Pilot 1976 WHAM BAM, Silver 1977 SHE DID IT, Eric Carmen 1978 HEY DEANIE, Shaun Cassidy 1979 DON'T BRING ME DOWN, Electric Light Orchestra 1980 MAGIC, Olivia Newton-John 1981 WOMAN IN LOVE, Barbra Streisand 1982 MAKE A MOVE ON ME, Olivia Newton-John 1983 HEARTBREAKER, Dionne Warwick 1984 HOLD ME NOW, Thompson Twins 1985 CRAZY FOR YOU, Madonna 1986 SOMETHING ABOUT YOU, Level 42 1987 NOTHING'S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU, Glenn Medeiros 1988 HUNGRY EYES, Eric Carmen 1989 MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY, Natalie Cole 1990 DON'T WANNA FALL IN LOVE, Jane Child 1991 I'M YOUR BABY TONIGHT, Whitney Houston 1992 FINALLY, CeCe Peniston 1993 LIVIN' ON THE EDGE, Aerosmith 1994 ALL I WANNA DO, Sheryl Crow 1995 TAKE A BOW, Madonna 1996 CHANGE THE WORLD, Eric Clapton 1997 SAY YOU'LL BE THERE, Spice Girls 1998 I Don't Want To Wait, Paula Cole 1999 HIT ME BABY ONE MORE TIME, Britney Spears 2000 SMOOTH, Santana 2001 I'm Like a Bird, Nelly Furtado 2002 AIN'T IT FUNNY, Jennifer Lopez 2003 BEAUTIFUL, Christina Aguilera 2004 THIS LOVE, Maroon 5 2005 HUNG UP, Madonna 2006 PUT YOUR RECORDS ON, Corinne Bailey Rae 2007 BEFORE HE CHEATS, Carrie Underwood 2008 Viva La Vida, Coldplay 2009 Hot 'n Cold, Katy Perry 2010 Forget You, Cee Lo Green 2011 Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5 2012 What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
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