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Singer/Songwriter Eric Lowen of Lowen & Navarro Dies at 60

Dan Navarro (left) & Eric Lowen
Eric Lowen who, with musical partner Dan Navarro, wrote the Pat Benatar classic We Belong along with recording numerous albums, passed away on Friday, March 23 at the age of 60. He had been battling ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

A statement on the Lowen & Navarro site said:
Eric Lowen
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.
The 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.

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.


hoopscam said…
I saw Lowen and Navarro twice in concert and both concerts were tremendous. I loved their music and will miss all the music that never will be made by Eric Lowen.
Anonymous said…
Also intersting is Dan Novarro is the nephew of '20's movie matinee idol Ramon Novarro. Ramon Navarro was brutally tortured and murdered in 1968 by two brothers that Ramon hired to come to his Laurel Canyon home for sex.