Raspberries are a power pop/pop rock band from Cleveland, Ohio. They had a run of success in the 1970s music scene with their crisp pop sound, which Allmusic later described as featuring “exquisitely crafted melodies and achingly gorgeous harmonies.” The members were known for their clean-cut public image, with short-hair and matching suits, which brought them teenybopper attention as well as scorn from some mainstream media outlets as ‘uncool’. The group drew influence from the British Invasion era — especially The Beatles, The Who, The Hollies, and The Small Faces — and its mod sensibility. In both the U.S. and the U.K., the Raspberries helped pioneer the power pop music style that took off after the group disbanded.
The group’s orginal lineup consisted of Eric Carmen (vocalist/guitarist/bassist), Wally Bryson (guitarist), Jim Bonfanti (drummer), and Dave Smalley (guitarist/bassist). Their best known songs include “Go All The Way“, “Let’s Pretend“, “I Wanna Be With You“, “Tonight“, and “Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)“. Believe me, you know them all. The group broke up in 1975 after a five year run, and Eric Carmen proceeded to a successful career as a solo artist. Bryson and Smalley resurrected the group’s name in 2000 and continues to tour, taking in indie pop singer/songwriter Scott McCarl working as the vocalist.
They must have been good because even John Lennon was seen sporting one of their t-shirts. How Cool is that? See the photo here.
This is a clip of The Raspberries performing Go All The Way and I Wanna Be With You live.
This is a clip of the band consisting of a medley of their hits played live.