Hungry Eyes

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For the song of the same name by Merle Haggard, see Hungry Eyes (Merle Haggard song).
"Hungry Eyes"
Single by Eric Carmen
from the album Dirty Dancing: Original Soundtrack From The Vestron Motion Picture
Released November 7, 1987
Recorded 1987, Beachwood Studios, Beachwood, Ohio
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:06
Label RCA
Writer(s) John DeNicola, Franke Previte
Producer(s) Eric Carmen
Eric Carmen singles chronology
"The Rock Stops Here"
(1986)
"Hungry Eyes"
(1987)
"Make Me Lose Control"
(1988)

"Hungry Eyes" is a song performed by American artist Eric Carmen, a former member of the band Raspberries, and was featured in the film Dirty Dancing.[1] The song was recorded at Beachwood Studios in Beachwood, Ohio in 1987. "Hungry Eyes" peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #3 on the Cash Box chart in 1988. The song was not released commercially in the UK, but it managed to peak at #82 in January 1988, having charted purely on import sales.

Song writers Franke Previte and John De Nicola, wrote the song, as well as another hit from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" and the 2010 "The Time (Dirty Bit)", performed by the Black Eyed Peas.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

It's also been covered by Swedish singer Anders Fernette and by New Found Glory, and features as a bonus track on the Japanese/UK version of their covers album From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II.

About the performer[edit]

Eric Carmen, the performer of "Hungry Eyes", was originally in a band called Raspberries, which became a sensation that swept the Cleveland, Ohio area in the early 1970s. The band broke up in 1974. The following year, Carmen released his first solo album, Artista, with the hit "All By Myself", that became a Top 40 hit single. Between 1977 and 1980, Carmen released three other albums on Artista, Change of Heart,” a hit released in 1978, with the same titled album, Change of Heart. It was not until 1984 when Carmen made it into the charts with the "Almost Paradise (Love Theme from Footloose)". Carmen's biggest hit, "Hungry Eyes", was written for the film Dirty Dancing, which became his most known hit from 1987.[3]

Jimmy Ienner, the producer of Carmen's band from his early career, Raspberries, asked him to sing this song for the Dirty Dancing album because he was familiar with Carmen's musical style. Carmen was hesitant to produce a song for another film sound track because he believed that sound track music had "horrible deaths", but Carmen recorded an extremely popular song that can still be heard on radio stations and TV commercials today.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987-88) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 9
Canadan Adult Contemporary (RPM) 6
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 2
Germany (Media Control Charts)[6] 17
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 18
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 6
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 82
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks 2

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1988) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dennis Hunt (December 24, 1987). "Carmen Re-Sees Success With 'Hungry Eyes'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hungry Eyes", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 3, 2014)
  3. ^ "Welcome to EricCarmen.com." Welcome to EricCarmen.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
  4. ^ "Welcome to EricCarmen.com." Welcome to EricCarmen.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Eric Carmen > Hungry Eyes – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Eric Carmen search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  8. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes". Singles Top 60.
  10. ^ http://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1988.htm

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