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Wow, another year gone by. Here's to you, Eric. By the way, if you could have been in L.A. last weekend, maybe you could have played for 93,000 people at The Coliseum. I know you and the Raspberries played there before. Speaking some Spanish would have helped, too. Talk about getting noticed, I figure that one to 10 million people watched on cable T.V. and overseas. I think that if your CD's were at these events, people would definitely want to hear you or The Raspberries, in the future. -Yes, soccer is quite a popular sport. This is the best birthday gift that I could think of for you. Think sports, and you have an audience. Why not put-up one of your video-taped songs with The Raspberries for live T.V.?

Two separate soccer games were played by four teams. The big turnout was because of Spain's Barcelona team. They still hold the highest sport merchandising sales for any sports team in the world.(Around 182 million dollars, last year. Second was 166 million, for England's Manchester team).

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From the Associated Press (AP):

Today's Birthdays: Former TV talk show host Mike Douglas is 81. Actress Arlene Dahl is 78. Rev. Jerry Falwell is 73. Actress Anna Massey is 69. Songwriter-producer Kenny Gamble is 63. Rock musician Jim Kale (Guess Who) is 63. Country singer John Conlee is 60. Singer Eric Carmen is 57. Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 53. Singer Joe Jackson is 52. Actor Miguel A. Nunez Jr. is 42. Actress Viola Davis is 41. Actor-host Joe Rogan is 39. Rock guitarist Charlie Sexton is 38. Rhythm-and-blues musician Chris Dave (Mint Condition) is 38. Hip-hop artist Ali Shaheed Muhammad is 36. Actor Will Friedle is 30. Rapper Chris Kelly (Kris Kross) is 28. Singer J-Boog is 21.

From United Press International (UPI):

Those born on this day are under the sign of Leo. They include author Robert Ingersoll in 1833; songwriter Carrie Jacobs Bond ("I Love You Truly") in 1862; art collector Joseph Hirshhorn in 1899; actor Lloyd Nolan in 1902; author Alex Haley in 1921; singer June Hutton in 1920; TV host Mike Douglas in 1925 (age 81); actress Arlene Dahl in 1928, (age 78). columnist Marilyn vos Savant, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the world's highest IQ, in 1946 (age 60); pop singer Eric Carmen, formerly of the Raspberries, in 1949 (age 57); Apple computer co-founder Stephen Wozniak in 1950 (age 56); and professional wrestler/actor Hulk Hogan, born Terry Gene Bollea, in 1953 (age 53).

From Broadcast News (BN):

Born on this date:

In 1942, Guy Villari, lead singer of the '60s pop group, the Regents; and Michael Hugg, drummer with the British invasion group Manfred Mann.

In 1943, Dennis Payton, saxophonist with the Dave Clark Five.

In 1946, country singer John Conlee.

In 1947, Jeff Hanna, guitarist with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

In 1949, pop-rock singer Eric Carmen, formerly of the Raspberries.

In 1950, Erik Braunn, guitarist and vocalist with the acid rock band Iron Butterfly.

In 1955, rock singer Joe Jackson.

In 1968, rock singer-guitarist Charlie Sexton.

In 1975, country singer Chris Cummings, in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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Happy Birthday, Eric!


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Top 10 Ways Eric Will Be Spending His Birthday

10) Listening to “All By Myself†CD his friends made for him.

9) Inspired by listening to CD, does Frank Sinatra impression singing the line “that day is done.â€

8) Due to rising gas prices decides to skip going to gym and decides to bench press piano instead.

7) In appreciation of all the McDonald's cokes he has purchased over the years, McDonald's decides to launch new mascot -- Coca-Cola Carmen. To celebrate his birthday, McDonald’s presents Eric with 57 cups of Coca-Cola.

6) Due to Coca-Cola sugar rush, momentarily confuses Il Divo with Devo and sings “Whip It†in Italian.

5) Listening to Rachmaninoff: The Basement Tapes

4) Writing new hit record Choking Cartmill

3) Receives singing telegram from 3 people dressed as Alfalfa, Porky, and Phillip singing “ Happy birthday, Mr. Hood,

Happy Birthday to you,

To make your birthday come out good

I give this present to you"

2) Reading virtual birthday card on ec.com (of course!)

1) Hangin’ with the Raspberries

Wishing you a wonderful birthday.


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