NEW YORK - Eric Lowen, a singer and songwriter who was half of Lowen & Navarro, the duo who wrote “We Belong,’’ a pensive, urgent lover’s plea that became a hit for Pat Benatar in 1984, died March 30 in Los Angeles. He was 60.
The cause was complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which had been diagnosed in 2004, said Dan Navarro, his musical partner.
Known for tuneful pop-rock melodies, pleasingly harmonized vocals, and thoughtful lyrics about struggling relationships, parenthood, aging, and other things relevant to their baby-boom generation, Lowen & Navarro had an extended partnership. They met as singing waiters in a restaurant in the late 1970s.
After Benatar recorded “We Belong’’ they wrote for other bands, including the Bangles, and for movies, including “Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol.’’
Both were guitar players, both wrote music and lyrics, and in the late 1980s they began performing and recording together. Their albums included “Walking on a Wire’’ (1990), “Broken Moon’’ (1993), “Pendulum’’ (1995), and “Hogging the Covers’’ (2006), on which they recorded songs written by others.
David Eric Lowen was born in Utica, N.Y. His father was a Baptist minister and his mother a former music teacher. He took up the guitar in the ninth grade when his parents gave him one for Christmas. He graduated from Brockport State College.
Mr. Lowen, whose first marriage ended in divorce, leaves his wife, Kim Ferguson; a brother, Neal; and a sister, Karen George; two children, Samuel and Annie-Claire; and three stepchildren.
After Mr. Lowen received his diagnosis, he and Navarro completed the album “All the Time in the World,’’ and they continued to perform until 2009. A tribute album for the benefit of his family and ALS charities, “Keep the Light Alive: Celebrating the Music of Lowen & Navarro,’’ featuring Jackson Browne, the Bangles, and others, was released in 2010.