Legendary Singer Eric Carmen, Formerly of The Raspberries, Passes Away at 74

Atlanta, Georgia – Renowned American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist Eric Carmen, who gained fame as the lead vocalist of The Raspberries in the 1970s, has passed away at the age of 74. Carmen’s website confirmed the tragic news, stating that he passed away peacefully in his sleep over the weekend. No cause of death has been disclosed.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Carmen rose to stardom with The Raspberries, a pop-rock group known for their hits like “I Wanna Be with You” and “Go All the Way.” The group’s unique sound, influenced by iconic bands like The Beatles and The Who, set them apart in the music scene of the time.

Following the disbandment of The Raspberries in 1975, Carmen embarked on a successful solo career, producing hits like “All by Myself” and “Hungry Eyes.” His music, characterized by powerful ballads and emotional lyrics, resonated with audiences and solidified his legacy in the music industry.

Carmen’s talent extended beyond his solo career, as he also contributed to notable movie soundtracks. His songwriting skills were recognized when “Almost Paradise,” from the movie “Footloose,” earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture.

Despite his individual success, Carmen’s connection to The Raspberries remained, with occasional reunions and performances alongside his former bandmates. Their final show together took place in December 2007 at Cleveland’s KeyBank State Theatre, marking the end of an era for the iconic group.

Throughout his career, Carmen’s music touched the lives of many, leaving a lasting impact on the industry and solidifying his status as a musical legend. The outpouring of tributes and condolences following his passing is a testament to the profound influence he had on both his fans and fellow musicians.