Hollywood's Kim Carnes,
known for her raspy vocal style, started her music
career in the 1960's as a young girl. In 1966, she
was even in a group called The New Christy Minstrels
with Kenny Rogers. By the early 70's, Carnes was
co-writing songs with famous names like David Cassidy,
who she toured with as a backing vocalist. Carnes'
official solo release was in 1972 (Rest on Me).
The only 70's song release that charted in the top 40
(US Adult Contemporary charts) was "You're a Part of Me"
from her 1976 self-titled release.
Kim Carnes' success
really began taking off in the early 1980's. She
had a hit duet with Kenny Rogers ("Don't Fall in Love
with a Dreamer"), and her 1980 release, Romance Dance,
featured the hit song "More Love". It was her 1981
Mistaken Identity, that featured the song for
which she is probably most known, "Bette Davis Eyes", in
addition to the hit song "Draw the Cards".
Her 1982 release, Voyeur, featured the top 40 hit
title track in addition to "Does It Make You Remember".
Other notable 80's songs include "I Pretend" from
Cafe Racers, "Crazy in the Night (Barking at
Airplanes)" from Barking at Airplanes, "What
About Me" (duet with Kenny Rogers again), "Make No
Mistake, He's Mine" (with Barbra Streisand), and "Crazy
in Love" from View from the House.
Carnes continued producing into the early
1990's, with her latest studio album (at the time of
this writing) in 2004. Re-capturing the success of
the early 80's has been elusive. Carnes was still
active at the time of this writing in late 2013.
The Kim Carnes Discography is as follows:1971: Rest on Me
1975: Kim Carnes
1979: St. Vincent's Court
1980: Romance Dance
1981: Mistaken Identity
1983: Café Racers
1985: Barking at Airplanes
1986: Light House
1988: View from the House
1991: Checkin' Out the Ghosts
1993: Gypsy Honeymoon: The Best of Kim Carnes
1999: Live at Savoy
2004: Chasin' Wild Trains
2 CD SET
[chorus] And she'll tease you, she'll unease
you, All the better just to please you, She's
precocious, and she knows just, What it takes to
make a pro blush,
She got Greta Garbo's stand off sighs, she's got
Bette Davis eyes [etc]