|Dan Navarro (left) & Eric Lowen|
A statement on the Lowen & Navarro site said:
Eric LowenThe duo started in the early-80's as songwriters, scoring early on with Benatar's We Belong along with music for artists like the Bangles, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Dave Edmunds and David Lee Roth.
October 23rd, 1951 - March 23rd, 2012
Eric Lowen peacefully ended his nine-year standoff with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's Disease), surrounded by family and awash in love, gratitude and beautiful music. We all appreciate the support and well wishes that have come his way these many years, and will always hold dear the shining example he was, and still is, to us all.
By the late 80's, they decided to try to break into recording themselves with the albums Walking on a Wire (1990) and Broken Moon (1993). Continuing to record through the decade, they made the decision to move to a more folk-oriented sound and starting their own label, Red Hen Records.
In 2004, Lowen was diagnosed with ALS; however, the duo threw themselves into their work, releasing the album All the Time in the World. Over the next five years, they would record two more albums and played more than 250 shows before Lowen became too incapacitated from the disease to continue.
As a salute to the duo, artists like Jackson Browne, the Bangles, Keb' Mo' and Eddie From Ohio came together to record Keep the Light Alive: Celebrating the Music of Lowen & Novarro. The album benefited the Eric Lowen Trust, the ALS Association and Angie's Quest.