“There were times, I admit, when I had to pinch myself”: Eric Carmen – the All By Myself and Hungry Eyes hitmaker, and the man who sold Joan Jett her Melody Maker – dies aged 74

Eric Carmen, onstage with The Raspberries in 2005
(Image credit: Bobby Bank / Getty Images)

Eric Carmen – best known as the performer of Dirty Dancing hit Hungry Eyes and the writer of pop ballad, All by Myself – has died aged 74, according to a statement from his wife.

Raised as a classically trained pianist, Carmen turned to guitar in the ‘60s, following the British Invasion, and credited a four-month period with the Beatles songbook as giving him his real start as a player.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.