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Carpenters - Songs



The Carpenters were Richard and Karen Carpenter (March 2, 1950 - February 4, 1983), a soft pop-rock brother-sister duo that became the top selling act of the 1970s. They had a trademark sound that came from Karen Carpenter's smooth contralto singing voice as well as the duo's close-knit harmonies. Their musical style, which was softer and more laid-back, was also highly memorable when they made their debut in that it was in sharp contrast to that of louder and edgier rock bands that ruled the airwaves at the time.

In 1970, the Carpenters first charted with a slow version of the Beatles' "Ticket To Ride," but their popularity really took off with their second hit, "(They Long To Be) Close To You," which reached #1 that same year. Their long string of hits on both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts also included "Top Of The World" (1973), "Please Mr. Postman" (1975), "Touch Me When We're Dancing" (1981), and their signature song, "We've Only Just Begun" (1970), which remains a long-time wedding favorite.


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