Eric Carmen Passes Away at 74

( – Millions of movie fans have watched Patrick Swayze teach Jennifer Grey how to dance to the song “Hungry Eyes” in the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing.” The song became one of the most popular in the country, climbing to No. 4 on the Billboard chart. Sadly, the legend who wrote and performed the tune has passed away.

Amy Carmen, Eric Carmen’s wife, posted a message on her husband’s website and announced his death. She said that it was with “tremendous sadness” that she had to make the announcement. According to her statement, Carmen died “in his sleep, over the weekend,” referring to the weekend ending on Sunday, March 10. It’s not clear which day he passed away or what caused his death. He was 74 years old.

In 1970, Carmen formed the Raspberries with a couple of friends. The group is credited with being one of the pioneers of power-pop. The band’s song “Go All the Way” from its debut album climbed to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The next album produced two Top 40 hits: “Let’s Pretend” and “I Wanna Be With You.” The band broke up in 1975.

After Carmen’s run with the Raspberries, he went solo. It was the best decision he ever made. That same year, he released his debut solo album, which included the song “All by Myself.” The song became a classic and hit No. 2 on the Hot 100. “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again,” his follow-up single hit No. 11.

In 1984, Carmen co-wrote “Almost Paradise” for the “Footloose” soundtrack. Mike Reno and Ann Wilson sang the hit song. Then, of course, was “Hungry Eyes” for “Dirty Dancing.” In 1988, his song “Make Me Lose Control” hit No. 3. In 1989, he started touring with Ringo Starr, a former member of the Beatles.

In the early 2000s, Carmen reunited with the Raspberries and performed a series of sold-out concerts. The group also released a live album.

Carmen is survived by his wife, Amy.

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