Karen Kamon

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Karen Ichiuji-Ramone
Birth name Karen Ichiuji
Also known as Karen Kamon
Born 1951 (age 65–66)
Website www.philramone.com[dead link]

Karen Ichiuji-Ramone, known by her stage name Karen Kamon, is an American singer and actress. She is perhaps best known for her performance of "Manhunt" on the soundtrack to the movie Flashdance. She also sang "Squeeze Play" on the soundtrack to the movie D.C. Cab and provided character voices[which?] for the movie Oliver & Company.

In television, she appeared in one episode of the U.S. TV series T.J. Hooker.

She is listed as a production associate on Karen Carpenter's solo album and credited, on the Carpenters compilation album Lovelines, as a friend of Karen Carpenter. She was also interviewed for the installment of VH1's series Behind the Music that dealt with "The Carpenters" and appeared in a segment in the VH1 documentary 100 Most Shocking Moments in Rock and Roll History.

The circumstances of her first meeting with music producer Phil Ramone were unknown as of early October 2016, but it was believed, at the time, that as Karen Ichiuji, she was auditioning for him as a singer; indeed, he produced the first of two albums in her known discography, Heart of You, in 1984. She was married to him from 1984 until his death in 2013 at the age of 79. They had three children, including Matthew Ramone, general manager of Phil Ramone Incorporated.


  • 1984: Heart of You – Label: CBS-26017 – included the single "Loverboy," which reached #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
  • 1987: Voices – Label: ATCO-90575


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