The Carpenter family moved from New Haven, Connecticut, to Downey in Los Angeles in , to pursue the starry ambitions of musical child prodigy Richard. His sister Karen had little interest in music, but turned out to be an excellent drummer when she began playing the instrument in favour of the glockenspiel in the school band. It was a commercial and critical flop on its initial release. Karen apparently always considered herself a drummer who sang, discovering she had a captivating voice only when a music teacher told her to try singing an octave lower. It had been recorded by the actor Richard Chamberlain and had also been a Dionne Warwick B-side from Bacharach conceded that the reimagining was exactly what his song needed.
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Siblings Richard and Karen Carpenter were born to make music together, from their beautiful harmonies, to Karen's incomparable vocals and Richard's amazing arrangements. Richard Chamberlain first recorded this Burt Bacharach and Hal David ballad in , but it was not a hit. Dionne Warwick also released it as an album track a year later. But it wasn't until the Carpenters covered it in that it became a massive hit, and the duo's breakthrough. Herb Alpert had first been offered it, but he was not a fan of his own version.
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The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen — and Richard Carpenter b. During their year career, the Carpenters recorded ten albums, along with numerous singles and several television specials. Richard took piano lessons as a child, progressing to California State University, Long Beach , while Karen learned the drums. They first performed together as a duo in and formed the jazz -oriented Richard Carpenter Trio followed by the middle-of-the-road group Spectrum. The duo toured continually during the s, which put them under increased strain; Richard took a year off in after he had become addicted to Quaalude , while Karen suffered from anorexia nervosa.
Even though they were only able to record together for some 14 years before the sad death of Karen Carpenter, age does not dim the timeless contribution of the Carpenters. But the sibling act from New Haven, Connecticut practically invented the modern idiom of mature, beautifully constructed soft pop, with one ear for the music they grew up with and another for winning melodies, sympathetic instrumentation and, of course, those gorgeous harmonies. It set in motion a sequence of superb singles and albums, including 11 more US top ten hits, two of them No. Follow the official Carpenters Best Of playlist. It was beautiful!! This song has more meaning for me the older I get!! Best harmony between brother and sister ever!! Anyway, guess I just needed to express how I felt about Karen Carpenters voice to another fan. Its so unfortunate she had emotional issues with the whole anorexia nervosa business as it cost her her life in the end.