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  1. 23 minutes ago, Vinnie B Trask said:

    So, if they used Celine Dion's version of All by Myself, he would have received nothing. Is this accurate??

    No, because EC owns 85% of the compositional rights; Rachmaninoff Estate controls 15% compositional rights, so he would get the compositional rights royalties in that situation but not the performer rights.

  2. On 6/27/2022 at 5:53 AM, Raspbernie said:

    The rights to a song, and the compensation for its use, are divided into two parts: the rights to use the composition and the rights to the particular performance itself. So, yes, Eric gets paid for this commercial. Had the advertising agency used a sound-alike singer and re-recorded the tune, only the songwriter would get paid a royalty.

    Thank you, Bernie, for that explanation! 👍  I made a logical leap when posting this thread in the first place that EC might indeed have a $take in this nationwide ad! 💲 

    While my husband Jay and I run a smallish "niche" music publishing company with a worldwide reach in the a cappella scene, our focus is generally on print rights (i.e. sheet music for ensembles to use legally), performance rights (concerts), and mechanical (tangible media - albums,CDs, etc.) & streaming rights. My husband has written jingles, etc. used for TV commercials (NBC "Must See TV" national campaign. His longtime barbershop quartet champ buddy John Miller just retired from NBC network after a very long and marketing-industry-respected career - John was THE NBC guy onsite at every single the Olympics IBC going back a couple decades calling the shots on all the Olympics promo ads - John used to throw some of these NBC jingle gigs to Jay whenever he could! 😉 and a lot of local Chicago ads during the time when we still lived in the greater Chicagoland area) , but they were generally works-for-hire (i.e. one-time payment for his time/compositional effort) for which he was not paid broadcast royalties. Then again, Jay and his Chicago Chord of Trade quartet buddies were roped into filling in about 15 seconds of musical vocals for a dog food commercial due to the tenor singer's personal connection with a production studio owner in Chicago. That commercial went nationwide and they all got some pretty serious broadcast royalty revenue - hahaha - go figure!  A gig is a gig, as they say! 😎

    The first JDM "retirement" was really a sidestep into a whole new massive global gig really: 


    But now JDM has officially retired (and I know his wife Sharon is beyond thrilled - they never went on any vacations in the last 20+ years - while she had great seats at the various Olympics venues, she barely saw her husband the entire time they were there! 😉 


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  3. I was doing other tasks with the Food Network show(s) playing on TV in the background, when all of a sudden I heard the unmistakable soaring vocals of Eric Carmen on "Hungry Eyes" being used in the new Minions/Gru movie ads that tie in with IHOP! I hope EC gets a pile of money with a performer's cut of the broadcast rights! 😉 



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  4. On 2/11/2014 at 10:32 PM, Eric Carmen said:

    45 years, from 1969 to 2014, in just about two hours! Turn it up loud, and rock on!


    I'm glad to have found this recording on Apple iTunes so I can take the tracks with me & listen every chance I get! The live cut of "That's Rock N Roll" is what I turn up loud at stoplights to drown out the rap music being played by the dude in the next lane! 😉 Desperate Fools and the Desperate Fools Overture from the "Change of Heart" album are often on repeat - in fact one of my friends is in a strings ensemble and is interested in using the D.F. Overture in their next local concert?! Is it notated in such a form that I can pay you for the print rights & "one night stand" concert rights?

  5. On 5/21/2022 at 8:59 PM, Raspbernie said:

    HD video to be posted tomorrow to commemorate the occasion—audience freeze frame below. 😎

    I've already hit the repeat on this amazing video several times. Looking at it close up on my desktop monitor is almost as good as looking at it on our large screen TV! Awesome production effort, Bernie! ❤️

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  6. On 5/11/2022 at 10:58 AM, Kirk said:

    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!

    It's all about the "pinch me" moments, isn't it? I'm so happy to have found this forum after all these years so I could hang out and converse with all the Raspberries/Eric fans who "get it"! ❤️

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  7. 7 hours ago, Kirk said:

    Rhonda imagine, if you will, Eric sitting at the piano and the fade out from Everything segues into the piano intro to Overnight Sensation! It happened at one of his Roxy shows. Chill inducing start to his concert!

    I get chills thinking about that...... Wow!  This piece really is magnificent.

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  8. On 5/3/2022 at 1:51 PM, Vinnie B Trask said:

    I wonder if Helen Katz remembers writing that article?


    It seems like they cut out the other two due to lack of paper room.

    You're probably right about the column inch problem (as it's called in newspaper parlance).

  9. On 5/3/2022 at 1:20 PM, Batman said:

    "...dirty, dope-smoking, detached, egocentric performer"...LOL!  Eric was never one to mince words!!😆

    It's so funny that Eric is quoted in the paper as saying that, because even in my teenage years (1970's), I was never attracted to the greasy-haired doper bands either! 😉

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  10. Welcome to this site, Carlo! I'm the 4th child in a very musical family; besides learning piano, a band instrument and singing in choirs or choruses all my life, we were taught at home to recognize great melody lines and harmonization (chord structure). I learned about the form of songs later on in my music studies. So when a musician like Eric Carmen comes along, it was easy for me to fall in love with his songwriting genius much less all his great skills as a singer, pianist and guitar player. 

    So yes, you're among musician friends here for sure!

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  11. Glad to have you with us, Johan! Much thanks in no small part to site master RaspBernie 👍❤️, this is a huge treasure trove of all things Eric Carmen with its vast archives of discussion threads just like this one!  Up until the covid lockdown, I was really busy with my regular life as a music publisher and a cappella harmony performer and board member of my non-profit a cappella ensemble, and time was very much at a premium. During those "downtime" months when none of us were performing out in public, I re-discovered how much I loved Raspberries back in my teens! And also, after having more time to follow around links on YouTube, I also figured out how vast EC's music composition catalog truly was - that's a big deal to me as a music publisher and I have huge respect for that for starters. [He's written so many gorgeous "gems" ❤️ that never got their due in the Billboard/Hits lists!] I then found this forum and it's been "off to the races" to explore this site since then!

    You're among friends here for sure!

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  12. 20 hours ago, Raspbernie said:

    DVD won't cut it with the HD picture, Kirk. Blu-Ray or digital download on this one.


    Do you have any idea where the holdup might be? Something in the production process? Money backing? I'd be happy to be part of the investors group to make that happen!

  13. 20 hours ago, Kirk said:

    Everyone was spot on this night- I hope the whole show makes it to dvd- thanks, Bernie!

    Absolutely! I love the 50th anniversary video when Eric C. says something like .... "we were a good band - now we're a great band". I totally agree! This version with the overdubs contributing is just marvelous - sublime really. Thanks for the video share, Bernie! It was fun to see that Dave S. was really digging this one in particular!

  14. RaspBernie - Thanks to your tip for how to find this gem of a book as an ebook on this site a few months back! I love having access to it on my smartphone, so whenever I have any downtime (like I did a couple weekends back waiting for flights back from my big deal college a cappella reunion concert weekend), I'll go back and read one of the more amusing anecdotes or sections, even though I read it cover to cover non-stop when I first got it via Nook/Barnes & Noble! Such a great & really important read for us avid Eric C. fans, with its insights particularly into the music production processes behind the scenes!!!

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  15. Just goes to show you - if you don't ask, you don't get! Who da thunk it? Eric Carmen, rap star - on top of all his other credits and accomplishments! Glad to hear he got what songwriting credit he asked for! I'm chuckling at the story of Eric asking the guy at the car wash about his rappers knowledge, and then going with his gut instinct to ask for as much royalty percentage as he thought he could! 💰

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  16. 8 hours ago, Batman said:

    We need a special Weekend at Bernie's type of event where the faithful EC.com members can meet and perhaps celebrate Eric's birthday in August, much the same as we did in 2006.

    I'm in!!!!! I'd be happy to help with setting up a hotel block (if we get enough people coming), food/drink planning, etc. ❤️

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  17. On 4/7/2022 at 4:07 PM, RCT said:

    Kinder/gentler/less tuff acid wash variation for comparison's sake.



    Same photo shoot as the one above (the hair style is exactly the same), but with a hint of a smile here and the upturned left collar is showing so it's from a subtlely different angle, or Eric turned a bit.....

  18. I'm so grateful to have come across this treasure trove of all kinds of topics related to Eric Carmen's stunning career over the years! 3 million hits is a "wowza" testimonial to not only EC himself, but also RaspBernie the master of this website, and the dedicated fans who've posted, contributed and commented over the years! 

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