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Making use of their light, airy melodies and meticulously crafted, clean arrangements that appealed to a number of audiences, the Carpenters stood in direct contrast using the excessive, gaudy pop/rock and roll from the ’70s; however they became probably one of the most well-known artists from the 10 years, scoring 12 TOP strikes, including three number 1 singles. Karen Carpenter’s relaxed, pretty tone of voice was probably the most unique part of their music, settling in flawlessly amidst the complete, lush arrangements supplied by her sibling Richard. Though their reputation begun to fade because the ’70s advanced, the duo continuing to create music jointly until Karen’s tragic loss of life in 1983. The Carpenters shaped in the past due ’60s in Downey, California, after their family members moved off their indigenous New Haven, Connecticut. Richard got played piano using a cocktail jazz trio in a small number of regional Connecticut nightclubs. After the family members had shifted to California, he begun to research piano while he backed Karen within a trio that highlighted Wes Jacobs (tuba/bass). With Jacobs and Richard developing her backup music group, Karen was agreed upon to the neighborhood California record label Magic Light, who released two unsuccessful singles from the vocalist. The trio received a Battle from the Rings contest in the Hollywood Dish in 1966, which resulted in a record agreement with RCA. Putting your signature on beneath the name the Richard Carpenter Trio, the group slice four songs which were by no means released. Jacobs remaining the band at the start of 1968. Pursuing Jacobs’ departure, the siblings created Range with Richard’s university friend John Bettis. Range fell aside by the finish of the entire year, however the Carpenters continuing performing like a duo. The set documented some demos at the home of LA program musician Joe Osborn; the tape was aimed toward Plant Alpert, the top of A&M Documents, who authorized the duo to his record label in early 1969. Giving, the Carpenters’ 1st recording, premiered in November 1969. Neither Providing nor the associated solitary, a cover from the Beatles’ “Solution to Trip,” made a large impression. Nevertheless, the Carpenters’ fortunes transformed making use of their second one, a edition of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “(They Long to become) In your area.” Extracted from the record In your area, the one became the group’s initial number 1, spending a month at the top from the U.S. graphs. “In your area” became a global hit, starting a five-year period where in fact the duo was perhaps one of the most well-known recording acts on earth. Throughout that period the Carpenters earned two Grammy Honours, including Greatest New Musician of 1970, and got an extraordinary string of TOP strikes, including “Rainy Times and Mondays,” “Superstar,” “Harming ONE ANOTHER,” “Goodbye to Appreciate,” “Last night ONCE AGAIN,” and “The surface of the Globe.” After 1975’s number 4 hit “Just Last night,” the group’s reputation began to drop. For the last mentioned fifty percent of the ’70s, the duo had been suffering from personal complications. Richard got become dependent on prescription medications; in 1978, he moved into a recovery center, kicking his habit. Karen, in the meantime, became suffering from anorexia nervosa, an illness she experienced for the others of her lifestyle. Together with their health issues, the group’s singles experienced stopped achieving the TOP and by 1978, they weren’t actually reaching the Best 40. As a result, Karen made a decision to pursue a single career, documenting a single recording in 1979 with Phil Ramone; the record was by no means finished and she came back towards the Carpenters later on that 12 months. The reunited duo released their last recording of new materials, Manufactured in America, in 1981. The recording marked a industrial comeback, as “Contact Me When We’re Dance” managed to get to quantity 16 around the graphs. However, Karen’s wellness continuing to decrease, forcing the duo from the limelight. On Feb 4, 1983, Karen was discovered unconscious at her parents’ house in Downey; she passed away in a healthcare facility that morning hours from a cardiac arrest, due to her anorexia. After Karen’s loss of life, Richard Carpenter focused on production function and assembling numerous compilations from the Carpenters’ recorded function. In 1987, he released a single recording called Period, which presented guest performances by Dusty Springfield and Dionne Warwick.

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Full Name Carpenters
Died February 4, 1983, Downey, California, United States
Spouse Thomas James Burris
Awards Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Grammy Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Group
Music Songs Top of the World, Yesterday Once More, Rainy Days and Mondays, We've Only Just Begun, Superstar, Only Yesterday, Close to You, Please Mr. Postman, I Need to Be in Love, I Won't Last A Day Without You, Goodbye to Love, Hurting Each Other, Merry Christmas Darling, There's A Kind Of Hush, Jambalaya, Touch Me When We're Dancing, Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft, Sing, Sweet Sweet Smile, Love Me for What I Am, All You Get From Love Is a Love Song, Bless the Beasts and Children, It's Going to Take Some Time, The Rainbow Connection, This Masquerade, Those Good Old Dreams, Christmas Song, Let Me Be the One, Solitaire, Make Believe It's Your First Time, You, I Believe You
Albums Close to You, A Song for You, Carpenters, A Kind of Hush, Christmas Portrait, Now & Then, Voice of the Heart, Horizon, Ticket to Ride, Made in America, Lovelines, Live at the Palladium, As Time Goes By, An Old-Fashioned Christmas, Live in Japan, Passage, Interpretations, Gold: Greatest Hits, Love Songs, The Very Best of the Carpenters, The Singles: 1969–1973, The Singles: 1969–1981, Twenty-Two Hits of the Carpenters, 40/40, The Essential Collection: 1965–1997, Only Yesterday, The Ultimate Collection, Christmas Collection, Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration, Yesterday Once More, Carpenters Perform Carpenter, Reflections, From the Top, Live on Air, Legendary FM Broadcasts - Budokan, Tokyo Japan 31st May 1974, The Singles 1974-1978
Nominations Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year

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1 The plaintive harmonica solo on their song "Rainy Days and Mondays" (1971) was played by virtuoso Tommy Morgan.
2 Had a big hit with the song "(They Long To Be) Close To You".
3 Discovered by Herb Alpert.



Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Mr. Robot 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Britain's Got More Talent 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Waterloo Road 2012-2014 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
House of Lies 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rude Tube 2010-2012 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The X Factor 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Turn Back Time: The Family 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dark Shadows 2012 performer: "Top of the World"
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs 2011 TV Movie documentary performer: "Merry Christmas Darling"
Shrek Forever After 2010 performer: "Top of the World"
...Sings The Beatles 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Help!"
Tsuma yo! Matsumoto sarin jiken: Hannin to yobarete... Kazoku wo mamori nuita 15 nen 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Top of the World", "Yesterday Once More" - uncredited
America's Got Talent 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Banda sonora 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Parashat Ha-Shavua 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons Movie 2007 performer: "They Long to Be Close to You"
1408 2007 performer: "We've Only Just Begun"
Ghost Rider 2007 performer: "Superstar"
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Starsky & Hutch 2004 performer: "We've Only Just Begun"
Koigashitai koigashitai koigashitai 2001 TV Series performer: "Rainbow Connection"
Lukas 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Everybody Loves Raymond 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters 1997 TV Movie documentary performer: "Yesterday Once More", "Dancing In The Street", "Ticket To Ride", "They Long To Be Close To You", "We've Only Just Begun", "For All We Know", "Bless The Beasts And Children", "Rainy Days And Mondays", "Superstar", "Hurting Each Other", "Goodbye To Love", "Top Of The World", "Only Yesterday", "Merry Christmas Darling", "This Masquerade", "Touch Me When We're Dancing", "Hits Medley 76", "A Place To Hideaway", "Ave Maria", "My Body Keeps Changing My Mind"
E! True Hollywood Story 1997 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
High School High 1996 performer: "Top Of The World"
Bat Yam - New York 1996 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Tommy Boy 1995 performer: "Superstar"
To Catch a Yeti 1995 TV Movie performer: "Top of the World"
Carpenters: Interpretations - A 25th Anniversary Celebration 1995 Video short performer: "Without A Song", "Superstar", "Rainy Days And Mondays", "Reason To Believe"', " They Long To Be Close To You", "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft", "Little Girl Blue", "Bless The Beasts And The Children", "We've Only Just Begun", "When I Fall In Love", "From This Moment On" - TV outtake
In the Mouth of Madness 1994 performer: "WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN"
Sjans 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Spirit of '76 1990 performer: "Top Of The World"
Worth Winning 1989 performer: "We've Only Just Begun"
The Experts 1989 performer: "They Long To Be Close To You"
The Karen Carpenter Story 1989 TV Movie performer: "Rainy Days and Mondays", "All of My Life", "I'll Be Yours", "Don't Be Afraid", "Eve", "They Long to Be Close to You", "We've Only Just Begun", "Love is Surrender", "Superstar", "A Song For You", "You're the One", "Top of the World", "For All We Know", "This Masquerade", "Where Do I Go From Here?", "Now", "A Song For You Reprise"
Knight Rider 1986 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hand in Hand 1985 performer: "Fun, Fun, Fun", "The End of the World"
Better Off Dead... 1985 performer: "Here Comes Santa Claus"
Carpenters: Yesterday Once More 1985 Video performer: "We've Only Just Begun", "Those Good Old Dreams", "Superstar", "Rainy Days And Mondays", "All You Get From Love Is A Love Song", "Top Of The World", "Ticket To Ride", "Only Yesterday", "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft", "Beechwood 4-5789", "Touch Me When We're Dancing", "Hurting Each Other", "Please Mr. Postman", "There's A Kind Of Hush", "They Long To Be Close To You"
The Carpenters: Music, Music, Music 1980 TV Special performer: "You're Just In Love", "A Song For You", "I Got Rhythm", "Ain't Misbehaving", "You'll Never Know", "When I Fall in Love", "How High the Moon", "This Masquerade", "Sing", "Knowing When To Leave", "Make It Easy On Yourself", "Someday", "We've Only Just Begun", "From This Moment On"
The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait 1978 TV Special performer: "Merry Christmas Darling", "The Christmas Waltz", "Adeste Fideles", "Jingle Bells", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Big Night 1978 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Carpenters... Space Encounters 1978 TV Special performer: "Sweet Sweet Smile", "Dancing In The Streets", "Goofus", "I Like You Just the Way You Are", "Little Girl Blue", "Piano Picker", "Man Smart, Woman Smarter" as "The Women Are Smarter", "Boogie Nights", "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft"
The Carpenters at Christmas 1977 TV Special performer: "Sleigh Ride", "Winter Wonderland / Silver Bells / White Christmas", "Top Hat, White Tie, & Tails", "Merry Christmas To One and All" aka " It's Christmas Time", "Christmas Alphabet", "Merry Christmas to You" aka "The Christmas Song", "Christmas Time is Here", "O' Holy Night", "Deck the Halls / Joy to the World", "New Year's Resolution", "Christ is Born"
Top of the Pops 1976-1977 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Kottan ermittelt 1977 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Carpenters Very First Television Special 1976 TV Special performer: "We've Only Just Begun", "Top Of The World", "They Long To Be Close To You", "I Can Dream, Can't I?", "Rainy Days And Mondays / Superstar" - Medley, "Good Vibrations", "Sing / Close To You / For All We Know / Ticket To Ride / Only Yesterday / I Won't Last A Day Without You / Goodbye To Love" - Hits Medley '76, "Strike Up The Band", "Poems Prayers & Promises", "Coming Through the Rye"
The Special London Bridge Special 1972 TV Movie performer: "We've only just begun/ For all we know", "Love is Surrender"
The 44th Annual Academy Awards 1972 TV Special performer: "Bless the Beasts and the Children"
Bless the Beasts & Children 1971 performer: "Bless the Beasts and Children"



Numéro 1 1981 TV Series Themselves
Big Night 1978 TV Series Themselves
American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary 1977 TV Special Themselves
Spotlight 1975 TV Series Themselves
Crackerjack! 1975 TV Series Themselves - Guests
The 16th Annual Grammy Awards 1974 TV Special Themselves
Rock Concert 1974 TV Series Themselves
The Bob Hope Show 1973 TV Series Themselves - Singers
Robert Young with the Young 1973 TV Special Themselves
The Bob Hope Special 1972/II TV Movie Themselves
The Special London Bridge Special 1972 TV Movie Themselves
The 44th Annual Academy Awards 1972 TV Special Themselves - Performers
The 14th Annual Grammy Awards 1972 TV Special Themselves
In Concert 1971 TV Series Themselves
The Harry Secombe Show 1971 TV Series Themselves
The 5th Dimension Traveling Sunshine Show 1971 TV Movie Themselves
The Mike Douglas Show 1971 TV Series Guest
The Johnny Cash Show 1971 TV Series Themselves - Singers
The Andy Williams Show 1971 TV Series Themselves
Peggy Fleming at Sun Valley 1971 TV Movie Themselves
New American Bandstand 1965 1970 TV Series Themselves
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Themselves
Della 1969 TV Series Themselves

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Pop Gold 2015 TV Mini-Series Themselves
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of 2014 TV Series Themselves
Britain's Best Loved Double Acts 2014 TV Movie documentary Themselves - Double Act
My Music: Burt Bacharach's Best 2013 TV Movie Themselves
...Sings The Beatles 2009 TV Movie documentary Themselves
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Themselves
Banda sonora 2008 TV Series Themselves
Only Yesterday: The Carpenters' Story 2007 TV Movie documentary Themselves
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series Themselves

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1983 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on October 12, 1983 at 6931 Hollywood Blvd. to Karen and Richard Carpenter.

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