The Raspberries

Coming from Cleveland, Ohio The Raspberries were an American pop rock band that was popular in the 1970s. This group quickly gained a following among teenagers and got their inspiration from the British Invasion groups such as The Who and The Beatles. They made everyone aware of the power pop sound which remained popular even after the group disbanded.

The Raspberries first line up was a classic one beginning with Eric Carmen vocals, guitar and bass, Wally Bryson guitar, Jim Bonfanti drums, and Dave Smalley guitar and bass. The songs they are best known for include “Go All the Way”, “Let’s Pretend”, “I Wanna Be with You”, “Tonight” and “Overnight Sensation”. After it was all over Eric Carmen went on to a very successful solo career. In 1999 Bryson and Smalley created an album under the name of The Raspberries and the original four members got together in 2005 for a reunion and a tour.

One of their biggest hits “Go All the Way” sold over a million copies and got a gold disc. Two albums were released in 1972 Raspberries and Fresh. Their fourth and final album was Starting over. The Raspberries broke up in April of 1975. The album they released in 1999 was titled Raspberries Refreshed but was done without Eric Carmen. A biography of the band was released in 1993 Overnight Sensation – The Story of the Raspberries by Ken Sharp. There was a tribute album released in 1996 Raspberries Preserved.

Some of the other songs which became popular were “Nobody Knows”, “I’m a Rocker”, “Ecstasy” and “Starting Over”.


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