It's My Life (and I'll do what I want), The Eric Burden and the Animals classic helped energize the social and musical rebellion of the "Sixties". Written by Carl D'Errico and Roger Atkins, the song has been covered by Bruce Springsteen in his memorable 15 minute version and also featured in his recent DVD - The Promise: The Making of Darkness On The Edge ofTown, Bon Jovi, Shawn Cassidy, David Johansen, Alcatrazz and many other artists. Carl's music is incorporated in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as performed by The Animals, The Yardbirds and Gene Pitney.
A Gold Record recipient for It's My Life by the Animals, Carl has written many chart songs including: No Excess Baggage - The Yardbirds, If You Could Only Be Me - Spanky and Our Gang, Why Did I Lose You -Jerry Butler and I'm Gonna Make You Mine - Shadows of Knight. Among other artistists who recorded his songs are Major Lance, Gregory Hines, Sally Field and Tiny Tim.
A versatile composer, Carl won a prize in 2002 for his scoring of the film short, Intruder at Cafe Lienzo. His music is featured in Disney's - Jungle2Jungle, starring Tim Allen, The French film - Les Lyonnais, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (HBO) and the Sci-Fi feature film - Rebel Storm.
Carl's music career spans television with Showtime's Golden Globe Winner, "The Affair", Emmy Award winning "Californication", the PBS Ken Burns documentary - The Vietnam War Soundtrack which was the Number One Seller on Amazon, American Dreams (NBC), Peoples Century (PBS Series), The British Invasion Returns (PBS Special) as well as network hit shows The Flying Nun and Girls From Petticoat Junction.
Carl has also written music for the Theatre. In 1984 his Poet's Cafe (with David Johansen) received rave reviews. Other stage productions include, Vertigo (Westbeth Theater), Tammy Goes On A Fast (American Jewish Theatre) and Not Made For Each Other (The Mirror Rep). He has also performed his music on stage at various venues including NYC's Bottom Line - The Best of the British Invasion.
Carl has collaborated with Neil Diamond, Gerry Goffin, Carole Bayer Sager Estelle Levitt, and Doc Pomus among others. He also contributes his time and talent to his wife Didi's volunteer artists organization:
To read more about Carl and his life, check out his interview with noted author, William Doino,Jr:
An article by Mick Patrick of the British Site: