Obit of the Day: Co-Wrote “We Belong”
Pat Benatar was big in the 1980s. Of the ten Grammy Award ceremonies between 1980 and 1989, Benatar received nominations for Best Female Rock Performance eight times. She had two Multi-Platinum albums, five Platinum albums, and three Gold albums during the decade. She had 19 top 40 hits over the ten-year period.
In 1984 she hit #5 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. with the song “We Belong” from her album Tampico. It also reached #7 in Australia and #22 in the UK. Her performance of the song earned her a Grammy nod for Best Female Rock Performance. And none of that would have happened if not for Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro, who wrote the song.
Better known as a duo “Lowen & Navarro” the two men began as songwriters and evetually became a performing group. Over two decades they released thirteen albums - the first of which,Walking on a Wire, featured a cover of “We Belong.”
Eric Lowen was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in 2004. After learning he had ALS, Lowen & Navarro still performed 250 shows and recorded three albums before Lowen had to quit in 2009. He died in on March 22, 2012 at the age of 60.
(“We Belong” is copyright of Capitol Records, 1985)