1977 Eric Carmen – She Did It (US:#24)

“She Did It” is a song written and originally recorded by Eric Carmen in 1977. Carmen’s single was a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching number 23. “She Did It” was covered in 1981 by actor and singer Michael Damian, who reached number 69 on the Hot 100 with his version.

“She Did It” was first recorded and performed by Eric Carmen. Released in August 1977, it was the first and greatest hit on Carmen’s second solo LP, Boats Against the Current. It reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, number 15 on the Cashbox Top 100, and number 11 in Canada.

This ballad is an upbeat love song about finally finding the right person and experiencing love after being lonely for an extended period of time. It is a happy answer to Carmen’s more melancholy hits the year before, “All By Myself” and “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.” It has been hailed as “the best Beach Boys song Brian Wilson never wrote.”

Back-up vocals for “She Did It” were provided by Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, whose 1968 hit “Do It Again” is credited by Carmen with being the initial inspiration for the song because of the ‘did-its’. “She Did It” also features Burton Cummings, formerly of The Guess Who, and a guitar solo by Andrew Gold (“Lonely Boy”), featuring his distinctive harmonized lead guitar sound, and drumming by Toto’s Jeffrey Porcaro. Carmen has stated that “She Did It” was in turn a source of inspiration for another song, the 1982 hit “Did It in a Minute” by Hall & Oates, with whom he was touring at the time their song became a hit.

Album

Video

Musicians

BassDavid Winteur
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Guitar (solo)Andrew Gold
GuitarRichie Zito
GuitarRichard Reising
PianoEric Carmen
SynthesizerEric Carmen
PercussionOllie E. Brown
PercussionEric Carmen
Background VocalsBruce Johnston
Background VocalsCurt Becher
Background VocalsNigel Olsson
Background VocalsJoe Chemay

Produced By

Eric Carmen

Charts

US:#24
UK:# –