Carpenters - Songs


The Carpenters were Richard and Karen Carpenter (March 2, 1950 - February 4, 1983), a highly acclaimed pop/soft rock brother-sister duo that became famous during the early 1970s and one of the best-selling music acts of all time. 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.

The Carpenters had their first hit in 1970 with their slower and more melancholy version of The Beatles' "Ticket To Ride," and their popularity took off later that year with the yearning "(They Long To Be) Close To You" (1970), the first of many chart-toppers. Their long string of hits on both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts also includes such classics as "We've Only Just Begun" (1970), "For All We Know" (1971), "Rainy Days And Mondays" (1971), "Superstar" (1971), "Hurting Each Other" (1972), "Sing" (1973), "Yesterday Once More" (1973), "Top Of The World" (1973), and their remake of The Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" (1974).

The Carpenters' numerous honors and accolades included three Grammys, and both "(They Long To Be) Close To You" and "We've Only Just Begun" were honored with Grammy Hall of Fame awards. The latter song remains a longtime wedding favorite.



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The Carpenters perform "We've Only Just Begun" on The Ed Sullivan Show (October 18. 1970).

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