Eric Carmen, Celebrated Soft Rock Artist, Passes Away at 74

Published March 12, 2024

Eric Carmen, renowned for his influence on soft rock music with timeless hits such as 'All by Myself' and 'Hungry Eyes,' has passed away at the age of 74. The news was made public by his wife, Amy Carmen, who announced his unexpected death in a message that conveyed the family's profound grief and desire for privacy during this difficult time.

Legacy of a Soft Rock Icon

Carmen's journey in music began in Ohio, where he honed his talents as a classical pianist and self-taught guitarist. His passion for rock and roll emerged during his high school days and continued as he attended John Carroll University. There, he co-founded The Raspberries, a group that made an impact on the music scene in the early 1970s.

The Raspberries' musical venture was marked by their association with Capitol Records and a series of hits, including 'Go All the Way' which reached the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This particular song not only went on to sell over a million copies but also later found resurgence on the soundtrack of the popular film 'Guardians of the Galaxy.'

A Solo Career Marked by Success

After The Raspberries parted ways, Carmen embarked on a successful solo career. His songwriting prowess shone through with ballads that resonated with audiences around the world. Alongside his own hits, he penned 'Almost Paradise,' a duet for Mike Reno and Ann Wilson that became a standout track on the 'Footloose' soundtrack.

Carmen's music and his contributions to the soft rock genre left a permanent stamp on the industry. His melodies will continue to be celebrated and remembered by fans and musicians alike. The closing quote from his wife's announcement comes from his 1977 ballad, 'Love is All That Matters,' encapsulating the essence of his musical message.

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