Raspbernie Posted July 12, 2011 Share Posted July 12, 2011 The year was 1988. Eric Carmen had just staged a major comeback with "Hungry Eyes," a song written by John DeNicola and Franke Previte for the feature film Dirty Dancing. It hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. With that success, Eric turned to longtime songwriting partner Dean Pitchford. The song they wrote together was "Make Me Lose Control." It rocketed up the charts and managed to top "Hungry Eyes," scoring an impressive #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song spent 13 weeks in the Top 40 along with three weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart.The time was ripe for another smash hit. Arista honcho Clive Davis had a feeling Eric was onto something with "Hungry Eyes." He suggested Eric sing some songs by other songwriters instead of limiting himself to his own. That logic sounds faulty considering Eric's own-penned song charted higher, but back to the story.â€œI met Diane Warren at a party sometime in the late â€˜80s and we really hit it off," explains Eric. â€œWe found we had a lot in common and I really liked her quirky personality. She and I would talk on the phone and sheâ€™d play me songs she was working on, and ask me if I thought they â€˜sucked.â€™ Most of them were very, very good."â€œThere was one song of Dianeâ€™s that I liked called â€˜Boardwalk Baby.â€™ Diane told me she had been inspired to write it after hearing â€˜Make Me Lose Control.â€™ We booked my buddy Steve Lukather to play guitar, and Mark Williamsâ€”son of John Williams, the great film composerâ€”to play drums, and Diane and I sang the vocals. Diane, by the way, is a great singer! Sheâ€™s got a really cool voice, kinda raspy but very emotional. She reminds me a little of me. I used to tell her she should do a record of her own stuff. Her reply: â€˜I wouldnâ€™t waste a good song on me.â€™ She could actually sing a lot of her songs better than the people who recorded them."So what happened, you might ask? According to Eric, â€œClive didnâ€™t like it. We were shocked. And bummed out."Well, now...for the first time ever, EricCarmen.com proudly presents Eric's long lost (but now found) follow-up to "Make Me Lose Control." Just in time for summer, hold onto your hats (and beach blankets):ERIC CARMEN - BOARDWALK BABY BerniePS: A special "shout out" to Tommy Allen for re-mastering this gem after I blew the dust off the 20-year-old tape! 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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