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Les R.

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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
  15. Good ol' rock 'n roll ... Raspberries style The biggest misnomer about the Raspberries is they were a one-hit wonder. Far from the truth. True fans of the band and 1970s music radio junkies know this for sure. Forget the fact that Sirius XM '70s on 7 plays the crap out of "Go All The Way." Though it is a classic rock staple and everyone knows every last air-guitar lick of that song and enjoys Eric Carmen's amazing vocals, the biggest injustice about this band was they were more than that one song. As a matter of fact, another injustice of the band is why they are not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in their backyard in Cleveland, Ohio. They were just as influential a '70s rock band as some of the acts that are in there now or like Chicago and KISS, who still wait that call from the Hall. Though most everyone knows of Carmen's work both with the band and solo (his biggest hit ever was the 1976 No. 2 smash of self-loathing "All By Myself"), the band also includes guitarist Wally Bryson, drummer Jim Bonfanti and bassist David Smalley. Their 1972 self-titled debut album was infamous because the geniuses at their record company, Capitol Records, thought it'd be a cute promotion to have the album scented in raspberries. Nice thought, but when people were literally passing out after taking a whiff of the overwhelming scratch-and-sniff, the record company thought twice and re-released the album without the sweet-smelling cover. But it was on that album America was introduced to "Go All The Way," a No. 5 hit for the band and their lone Top 10 hit together. On the heels of that album came the second release, "Fresh Raspberries," which featured two more Top 40 hits -- "I Wanna Be With You" and "Let's Pretend." The third album was far from a success in '73, "Side 3," but the fourth and final album featuring Carmen's vocals, "Starting Over," featured new bassist Scott McCarl and drummer Michael McBride, whose drumming on this album was an inspiration to E Street Band's Max Weinberg to find his style behind Bruce Springsteen, especially on "Darkness On The Edge Of Town," according to the liner notes of "Let There Be Drums, Vol. 3, The '70s." That album, which featured more of a hard-rock edge to it, is highlighted by the five-and-a-half-minute opus "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)," the band's last Top 40 hit that features a fadeout near the end of the song that is brought back in with McBride's thunderous drums. Carmen left the group soon after the band released this album for his solo career and the group broke up in 1975. But the original quartet of Carmen, Bryson, Bonfanti and Smalley came back together in 2004 and did a well-received national tour in 2005 (Carmen and Bryson shown jamming in the picture above), which resulted in the 2007 live CD "Live On The Sunset Strip." The last concert the band performed was in December 2007 in their hometown of Cleveland. They have not done anything since and who knows what their status is at the moment. Reportedly, the 63-year-old Carmen, who is living back in the Cleveland area, only works now whenever he feels like doing so. The Raspberries were more than just one song. They were a great band. And their following is still large to this day. Here's hoping they one day go back out on tour before it's too late. —Musically Speaking, January, 2013
  16. 1. Change of Heart A 2. Hey Deanie A 3. Someday A 4. Heaven Can Wait A- 5. Haven´t We Come A Long Way B 6. End of The World B 7. Baby I Need Your Lovin' B 8. Desperate Fools/Overture C Eric of course did great with his originals, but he or someone was very smart to decide to give "Hey Deanie" (and TR&R) to Shaun Cassidy. Unlike almost everybody else on this board, I have always preferred Shaun's renditions, and somehow doubt that Eric's originals would have charted nearly as high had they been released as U.S. singles. A lot of that may have to do with Shaun's teen idol factor, but the music on all his covers is just special and almost magical. Oh, and Samantha Sang's cover of "Change of Heart" was nice too!
  17. 1. Never Gonna Fall In Love Again A+ 2. All By Myself A+ 3. That's Rock & Roll A+ 4. Last Night A- 5. Sunrise B+ 6. My Girl B+ 7. Great Expectations B 8. On Broadway B- 8. No Hard Feelings C+ 9. Everything C
  18. 1. It Hurts Too Much A- 2. Sleep With Me A- 3. Fooling Myself A- 4. The Inside Story B+ 5. Lost In the Shuffle B 6. All For Love B- 7. Tonight You're Mine C- 8. You Need Some Lovin' D+ Was there a second single from this LP? "It Hurts Too Much" only reached #75 Billboard, #83 Cash Box & #71 Record World, so I always wondered if it there might have been another release. "Sleep With Me" would have been a good one.
  19. Eric never did a bad song, but this arbitrary collection is quite bizarre and whimsical. I have no time for any compilation that omits "She Did It"!!! What were those goofy Australians thinking?? I wonder how EC & R charted "Down Under." If they're like the UK, not too well so maybe that's why they chose as they did. I do know that NGFILA became a hit by Mark Holden in Australia and a lady named "Dana" in UK, who reached #31 with it. It appears to me that Eric's top fan base is as follows: 1) Japan. 2) Canada. 3) USA. 4) ?????
  20. That makes a lot of sense, guys. Since the '70s were the greatest decade, music must have peaked in that time frame. By 1988, the trajectory of music quality and hence sales would have already been trending down for at least a decade. It seemed to have bottomed out in 1993, when I only needed one hand to count the songs that I liked from that year, or even half way liked. 1999 was the best year of the '90s because in that year I needed both hands. Unfortunately that did not continue. But what a contrast to the '70s when it seemed like 90% of the Top 40 was always filled with great music. No wonder sales were so much stronger with more Gold records. I nominate "Hungry Eyes" and "Make Me Lose Control" for honorary Gold record awards! They were both definitely among my Top 5 for 1988, right up there with "Got My Mind Set On You" by George Harrison, "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" by Whitney Houston, and "Kokomo" by the Beach Boys. Those all hit #1 and weren't Gold records either, although "Kokomo" actually went platinum.
  21. Kirk: You got that right! 1. SHE DID IT A++ 2. Boats Against the Current A 3. Nowhere to Hide A- 4. I Think I Found Myself A- 5. Love Is All that Matters A- 6. Marathon Man B+ 7. Take It Or Leave It B 8. Runaway B- If Billboard doesn't clearly tell the story about which song is better liked (SDI #23, BATC #88), then Cash Box certainly does: (SDI #15, BATC #92). In Canada, BATC did not chart, but SDI reached #11 for four consecutive weeks. ("That's Rock 'n' Roll" kept it out of the Top 10!)
  22. Can anyone clue me in: How is it that "Hungry Eyes" & "Make Me Lose Control" did not achieve Gold status?? These songs reached #4 and #3, respectively. (reversed on Cash Box). And in Canada, both songs reached #2 !! They both had good chart runs of of 16 and 13 weeks. ABM's chart run was 14 weeks and GATW only 11 weeks and also charted lower (#5 BB & #4 CB), yet both are Gold records. Just makes no sense to me at all.
  23. 1. Boats Against the Current 2. Eric Carmen (Arista 1975) 3. Change of Heart 4. Eric Carmen (Geffen 1984) 5. Winter Dreams 6. Tonight You're Mine
  24. Some may not know it, but "Hey Deanie" is one of Eric's four gold records. Besides ABM & GATW, two of the four were the Shaun Cassidy hits, with the other being "That's Rock 'n' Roll." Oddly, neither of the big Dirty Dancing hits appear to have achieved gold status although they both charted very high.
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