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Eric Howard Carmen (August 11, 1949 – March 11, 2024) was the other songwriter, besides Paul Anka, whom you didn't know wrote all those pop songs you remember.

He first catapulted to fame with his Power Pop band The Raspberries in the early '70s until the band's breakup in 1975. The following year, he went on to become a successful solo performer.

His hits include "That's Rock and Roll" (later made popular by Shaun Cassidy), "Hungry Eyes" (from Dirty Dancing), "All by Myself" (a cover of which featured in Bridget Jones' Diary), and "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again". The latter two songs were inspired by two famous compositions by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Not to be confused with the similarly-named character from South Park.


As part of the Raspberries:

  • Raspberries (1972)
  • Fresh/Fresh Raspberries (1972)
  • Side 3 (1973)
  • Starting Over (1974)

As a solo artist:

  • Eric Carmen (1975)
  • Boats Against the Current (1977)
  • Change of Heart (1978)
  • Tonight You're Mine (1980)
  • Eric Carmen (1984)
  • Winter Dreams (1997; Japan only), re-released outside Japan as I Was Born to Love You (2000)

His work contains examples of:

  • Break-Up Song: "Boats Against the Current".
    I know it's over
    You know it's over
    We're just going through the motions
    But we're sailing separate oceans, world's apart
    And you know it's breaking my heart
  • Lonely Piano Piece: "All By Myself" in particular has a melancholy tone, while prominently featuring the piano.
  • Longing Look: "Hungry Eyes" fittingly enough has the subject of the song looking at a romantic interest.
  • Rock Me, Amadeus!: "All By Myself" is based on the main theme from the slow movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto. Another one of his hits, "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again", is based on the main melody of the third movement of Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony.
  • Songs of Solace: "All By Myself", naturally.
  • Subdued Section: "Make Me Lose Control" goes a capella near the end.