"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. The song was recorded at Beachwood Studios in Beachwood, Ohio in 1987. "Hungry Eyes" peaked at #4 on the BillboardHot 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.
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.
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.