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Los Angeles, United States (1966 – present)

Kim Carnes (born July 20,1945 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer-songwriter. She is noted for her distinctive, raspy voice which she attributes to many hours spent singing in smoky bars and clubs.

Carnes was a member of New Christy Minstrels from 1966 until 1970. Kenny Rogers was also a member, and during this time Carnes met and married Dave Ellingson, with whom she would write most of her songs. For a short while in the early 1970s, she and Ellingson formed the folk duo Kim and Dave, which was not successful. She began releasing albums during the early 1970s. Her self-titled album in 1975 contained her first hit, “You’re A Part Of Me,” a duet with Gene Cotton (and a cover of a minor hit for Canadian singer Susan Jacks earlier that year) that went to #36 on the charts. This album was followed in 1976 with Sailin’. One track, “Love Comes From Unexpected Places,” won best song at the 1977 American Song Festival and gained some additional notice after it was recorded by Barbra Streisand on her 1977 album Streisand Superman.

In 1980 a duet with Kenny Rogers titled “Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer” became a major hit on the country and western charts and also became a pop hit. Her cover version of the Smokey Robinson & The Miracles song “More Love” became her first solo hit single in 1980 when it reached the U.S. Top 10.


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  • InDie_Rocker_

    Thanks to Blank & Jones for discovered Kim Carnes. B&J included 'Voyeur' in their 'So80s' compilation. She is a great singer. I like her feathery voice so much.

    21 Feb 2:16pm Reply
  • JohanVanHaandel

    Crazy in the night for me it's the best hit single from Kim. There are other cool hits like Invisible hands, voyeur, mistaken identity, it's not the spotlight and more love.

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • karish12

    No 2 Hit Voyeur !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • bonnietylersave

    When I find an album to be a 'masterpiece' and yet it doesn't do great commercially, I always put it down to tough competition at the time. I'll have to have a look at what albums came out at the same time, it's the only reason I can think of to explain why it didn't get what it deserved...

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rainy-dog

    @ezwriter: i almost want to agree with your assessment of kim's career woes. it makes sense on paper considering her eventual return to more rootsy instrumentation with 'view from the house' in '88. but i can not accept the notion that a woman simply "pursuing the wrong genre" could've crafted the synth pop masterpiece that is the 'voyeur' album. the very un-'bette davis eyes' dark atmosphere, songwriting and creativity on that album lead me to believe she knew exactly what she was doing. I'll never understand why it wasn't a success.

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • vic.s

    Help fix her chart. Suggest a Correction for all the bad tags of "Bette Davis Eyes".

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ezwriter1

    Kim Carnes was a country-flavored folk singer-songwriter at heart who somehow managed to score a huge synth-pop hit with "Bette Davis Eyes" and thus spent the next several years trying, largely unsuccessfully, to forge a career in the wrong genre. I don't blame her, a) she had/has a great raspy set of pipes that can sing any kind of pop music, and b) it's what was popular at the time. The 70's singer-songwriter craze was done, so she reinvented herself. Unfortunately, I don't think she was being 100% true to who she was as an artist, so the reinvention, though it made for some interesting and fun music, only worked commercially in the short term. A shame, because with her talent and looks, she should have been a much bigger star than she wound up actually being...but that's showbiz.

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • bonnietylersave

    Got some spare time for listening to new music? Try Kim's songs "Along With the Radio", "Chain Letter" and "Just To Spend Tonight With You" :)

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • crackityjones92

    @Plook: IDk about dat but Bette davis eyes is an awesome pop song.

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • rmuggles

    if you haven't heard "Bon Voyage" should..great song!

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Plook

    It's bad "Bette Davies Eyes" is hiding her other works even when very good, Kim is not a single-title artist She disearves so lot more attention on the rest

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Leptossomico

    Voyeur... ♥♥♥

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • joemcmaster

    dats an ol betch bruh

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    Any eighties playlist that does not include "Crazy in the Night" has arguably failed.

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • bonnietylersave

    Just wait for Kim's birthday next Friday (20th July). The fans are cooking up something special!!!

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • coanta

    lol, first time a heard her i guess it was Rod Stewart!!!!!

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ralfsu

    She sounds just like Rod Stewart...

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • igorgeneration

    Bette Davis indeed had wonderful eyes ! (2)

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • vitorsouto

    mulher de um sucesso só

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • rainy-dog

    she had so many better songs than just 'bette davis eyes'

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
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