Let's Pretend

Album: Fresh Raspberries (1972)
Charted: 35
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  • This is an uncharacteristic ballad by The Raspberries, who were known as a power-pop group and famous for their hit "Go All The Way." Written by lead vocalist Eric Carmen, it was done in the style of The Beach Boys. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Steven - St. Louis, MO

Comments: 7

  • Joe Postove from IsraelDid this song exit and then reenter the Hot 100 at some point?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn March 31st 1973, the Raspberries performed "Let's Pretend" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #76 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; nine weeks later on May 27th, 1973 it would peak at #35 {for 1 week} and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #13 on the Canadian RPM Singles chart...
    Between 1972 and 1974 the Cleveland-formed quartet had seven Top 100 records; their biggest hit and only Top 10 record was "Go All the Way", it peaked at #5 {for 2 weeks} on September 24th, 1972...
    The group's lead singer Eric Carmen, as a solo artist, had eight records make the Top 100; his biggest hit was "All By Myself", which peaked at #2 {for 3 weeks} in 1976.
  • Rick from Belfast, MeThe beginning of this song reminds me of the Beatles song "The Night Before" from the Help album.....
  • Rick from Belfast, MeTod....I agree.....this song was what helped make the 70's music rock!
  • Tod from Las Vegas, NvCompletely underrated song. Should have been top ten. Carmen borrowed from this to write All By Myself, which also borrowed from a classical song. Carmen is about as detailed a mind as you can get. I wish he would write more. He is brilliant.
  • Steve from Salt Lake City, UtThe Raspberries had several pretty good songs that were all better than anything Eric Carmen did on his own. Surprising they didn't become bigger than they were.
  • David from Flushing, MiThe Raspberries reformed in 2007 for a live concert in LA and performed a very good version of this song. It is on their Live on Sunset Strip album from that live performance in 2007.
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