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The Raspberries were a rock and roll band from Cleveland, Ohio in the 1970s. Heavily influenced by the British Invasion era - especially The Beatles, The Who, The Hollies, and The Small Faces - and its Mod sensibility, they helped pioneer the power pop style. Their most well known songs were "Go All The Way" from their first album, "Raspberries", " I Wanna Be With You", from their second album, "Fresh", and "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)" from their fourth album "Starting Over".

The Raspberries broke up in 1974, but their influence was immense. Cheap Trick consciously picked up on The Raspberries' style, and since they were the only band of the original power pop movement who had hits, the power pop movement of the late 1970s would likely not have existed without them. Their influence continued through the 1980s with bands like R.E.M., The Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, Redd Kross, Bruce Springsteen, Courtney Love, and Guns N Roses.

Singer-guitarist and primary songwriter Eric Carmen went on to have a successful solo career as a singer of Elton John-like pop ballads such as "All By Myself", rarely returning to the harder rock style of the Raspberries. This song was rated as one of the 40 greatest power ballads of all time by Classic Rock magazine.

In June 2004, the House of Blues nightclub chain asked if the Raspberries would reunite for a concert to open their new Cleveland club. They reunited with original band members of Eric Carmen, drummer Jim Bonfanti, guitarist Wally Bryson and bassist Dave Smalley backed by the Overdubs: Derek Braunschweiger, Jennifer Lee, Paul Sidoti and Billy Sullivan to rave reviews. Since that concert, the band continued their tour into 2005 and earned strong reviews. They have since broadcast their own VH-1 special "Hangin’ with the Raspberries" on VH1 Classic hosted by Eddie Trunk and one of their NYC B.B. King's club appearances, which attracted celebrities like Jon Bon Jovi, Little Steven Van Zandt and Jeopardy! uber-champion Ken Jennings, will be broadcast on XM Satellite Radio. There are talks of a new album in the works.

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