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Band, 1969-1983 US, Downey, California
Pop and Rock

American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of sister Karen Carpenter and brother Richard Carpenter. Carpenters were the #1 selling American music act of the 1970s. Though often referred to as "The Carpenters", their name on official releases and press materials was "Carpenters". During a period in the 1970s when louder and wilder rock was in great demand, Richard and Karen produced a distinctively soft musical style that made them among the best-selling music artists of all time. Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, their parents decided to move the family west to Los Angeles, California. Richard and Karen originally played jazz, with Karen having an interest in playing the drums. They were briefly known as Spectrum and then Carpenters, where they then recorded for a small label, Magic Lamp. In their move West, they met Lou Adler who introduced them to Herb Alpert, who was always was looking for new talent, and signed them to his label, A&M Records in 1969. While Richard penned compositions with writing partner, John Bettis, many of the duos' hits were written by others and some were cover versions previously big hits for other artists, such as The Beatles and Motown's, The Marvelettes. Their 1973 album, "Now and Then", B-side consists of a 9-song medley of 60's hits recorded like a radio show. Carpenters' melodic pop, produced a record-breaking run of hits on the American Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, and they became leading sellers in the soft rock, easy listening and adult contemporary genres. Carpenters had three #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and fifteen #1 hits on the Adult Contemporary Chart. In addition, they had twelve top 10 singles (including their #1 hits). To date, Carpenters' album and single sales total more than 100 million units. During their 14-year career, Carpenters recorded 11 albums, five of which contained top 10 singles (Close To You, Carpenters, A Song For You, Now & Then and Horizon), thirty-one singles, five television specials, and one short-lived television series. They toured the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, The Netherlands and Belgium. Their recording career ended with Karen's death in 1983 from cardiac arrest due to complications of anorexia nervosa. Extensive news coverage of the circumstances surrounding her death increased public awareness of the consequences of eating disorders.

PortraitKaren Carpenter
voc, dr 1950-1983 US
PortraitRichard Carpenter
key, voc *1946 US
Popular Tracks   
Merry Christmas Darling - Remix on Christmas Portrait by Carpenters
Sleigh Ride on Christmas Portrait by Carpenters
Silent Night on Christmas Portrait by Carpenters
Top Of The World on A Song For You by Carpenters
Yesterday Once More on Now & Then by Carpenters
(They Long To Be) Close To You on The Essential Collection by Carpenters
Please Mr. Postman on Horizon by Carpenters
I Won't Last A Day Without You on A Song For You by Carpenters
Rainy Days And Mondays on Carpenters by Carpenters
We've Only Just Begun - 1991 Remix on Love Songs by Carpenters

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic OrchestraCarpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra2018Album
Your Navy Presents '70Carpenters2017Album
The Vinyl CollectionCarpenters2017Album
The Nation's Favourite Carpenters SongsCarpenters2016Compil.
The Complete SinglesCarpenters2015Compil.
Live On StageCarpenters2010Album
Live On StageCarpenters2010Album
20/20 - Best Of The Best Selection -Carpenters2009Compil.
Top Of The WorldCarpenters2009Album
40th Anniversary Collector's EditionCarpenters2009Album
40/40 The Best SelectionCarpenters2009Compil.
Close To You + Now & ThenCarpenters2009Compil.
The Best Of The CarpentersCarpenters2008Compil.
From Down Under To Far East 1972Carpenters2007Album
The Ultimate CollectionCarpenters2006Compil.
The Essential Collection (1965 - 1997)Carpenters2006Compil.
Japanese Single BoxCarpenters2006Single
The CollectionCarpenters2005Compil.
Greatest HitsCarpenters2005Album
Top Of The WorldCarpenters2003Single
Greatest Hits 20Carpenters2003Compil.
Perform CarpenterCarpenters2003Compil.
35th Anniversary Collector's EditionCarpenters2003Album
The Best Collection Of CarpentersCarpenters2003Compil.
Bad Hangover / CarpenterTouch / Carpenters2002Album
Carpenters Gold: Greatest HitsCarpenters2002Album
Singles 1969-1981Carpenters2002Compil.
Yesterday Once More: De Nederlandse Singles CollectieCarpenters2001Compil.
As Time Goes ByCarpenters2001Album
The Rainbow ConnectionCarpenters2001Single
The Rainbow Connection / Leave Yesterday BehindCarpenters2001Album
By RequestCarpenters2000Compil.
Carpenters Gold (Greatest Hits)Carpenters2000Compil.
Lo Mejor De The CarpentersCarpenters2000Compil.
Singles 1969-1981Carpenters2000Compil.
They Long To Sing Once MoreCarpenters2000Album
Close To You: Remembering The Carpenters - 30th AnniversaryCarpenters1999Album
I Won't Last A Day Without You / Yesterday Once More (Remix)Carpenters1999Single
Top Of The World (Original & Karaoke Masters)Carpenters1998Compil.
19 Greatest HitsCarpenters1998Compil.
Love SongsCarpenters1997Compil.
Their Greatest Hits And Finest PerformancesCarpenters1997Compil.
Close To You: Remembering The CarpentersCarpenters1997Album
Only YesterdayCarpenters1996Compil.
Sixteen Hits Of The Carpenters Vol. 2Carpenters1996Compil.
Live At Budokan 1974Carpenters1996Album
Ave MariaCarpenters1996Single
Christmas CollectionCarpenters1996Compil.
Sweet Memory - By And ByCarpenters1995Compil.
Sweet Memory - SomedayCarpenters1995Compil.
Twenty-Two Hits Of The CarpentersCarpenters1995Compil.
World Tour In ConcertCarpenters1995Compil.
Sweet Memory - Those DaysCarpenters1995Compil.
Top Of The WorldCarpenters1995Single
Sweet Memory - On And OffCarpenters1995Compil.
Sweet Memory - At LastCarpenters1995Compil.
I Need To Be In Love / Top Of The WorldCarpenters1995Single
The Best Of CarpentersCarpenters1994Compil.
Dynamic LiveCarpenters1994Album
Sweet Memory - All At OnceCarpenters1994Compil.
Superstar / Let Me Be The OneSonic Youth / Carpenters / Matthew Sweet1994Single
Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary CollectionCarpenters1994Compil.
Greatest Hits LiveCarpenters1994Compil.
Great Hits Of The CarpentersCarpenters1994Compil.
Carpenters Best Vol. 1 Superstar / Top Of The WorldCarpenters1994Compil.
Yesterday Once MoreCarpenters1994Single
Tryin' To Get The Feeling AgainCarpenters1994Single
Radio YearsCarpenters1994Compil.
Carpenters Vol.1 & Vol.2Carpenters1993Compil.
Magical Memories Of The CarpentersCarpenters1993Compil.
Carpenters CollectionCarpenters1993Compil.
Rainy Days And MondaysCarpenters1993Single
(They Long To Be) Close To YouCarpenters1993Single
Christmas With The CarpentersCarpenters1992Compil.
Best Of Best + Original Master KaraokeCarpenters1992Album
Top Of The WorldCarpenters1992Single
7 Song Sampler of selections from "From The Top" box setCarpenters1991Compil.
Let Me Be The OneCarpenters1991Single
From The TopCarpenters1991Compil.
A&M Gold Series - CarpentersCarpenters1991Compil.
30th Anniversary SamplerCarpenters1991Album
Top Of The WorldCarpenters1991Single
Yesterday Once More - Richard & Karen Carpenter's Greatest Hits Vol. 2Carpenters1991Compil.
Merry Christmas Darling / (They Long To Be) Close To YouCarpenters1990Single
Greatest HitsCarpenters1990Compil.
Carpenters Vol.2Carpenters1990Compil.
The Compact Disc CollectionCarpenters1990Compil.
Their Greatest HitsCarpenters1990Compil.
(They Long To Be) Close To You / Only YesterdayCarpenters1990Single
Carpenters Vol.1Carpenters1990Compil.
Greatest HitsCarpenters1990Single
Only YesterdayCarpenters1990Single
Only YesterdayCarpenters1990Album
If I Had YouCarpenters1989Single
Yesterday Once More / Jambalaya (On The Bayou) / We've Only Just BegunCarpenters1989Single
I Won't Last A Day Without You / Only YesterdayCarpenters1989Single
Only Yesterday: O Melhor De CarpentersCarpenters1989Compil.
The CarpentersCarpenters1988Compil.
Compact HitsCarpenters1988Single
Super HitsCarpenters1988Album
Yesterday Once MoreCarpenters1988Single
Live On AirCarpenters1988Album
The Collection - Their Greatest HitsCarpenters1987Compil.
Carpenters BestCarpenters1987Compil.
A Arte De CarpentersCarpenters1987Compil.
A&M Gold Series Carpenters Vol.2Carpenters1986Compil.
Jambalaya / Top Of The WorldCarpenters1986Single
A&M Gold Series Carpenters Vol.1Carpenters1986Compil.
Honolulu City LightsCarpenters1986Single
Yesterday Once MoreCarpenters1985Compil.
Honolulu City Lights / When You've Got What It TakesCarpenters1985Single
Yesterday Once MoreCarpenters1985Album
Yesterday Once More / (They Long To Be) Close To YouCarpenters1985Single
An Old-Fashioned ChristmasCarpenters1984Album
With LoveCarpenters1984Compil.
Yesterday Once MoreCarpenters1984Compil.
Little Altar BoyCarpenters1984Single
Voice Of The HeartCarpenters1983Album
The First TimeCarpenters1983Single
Make Believe It's Your First TimeCarpenters1983Single
Make Believe It's Your First Time / Look To Your DreamsCarpenters1983Single
Your Baby Doesn't Love You AnymoreCarpenters1983Single
Best AlbumCarpenters1982Compil.
Just HitsCarpenters1982Compil.
The Very Best Of The CarpentersCarpenters1982Compil.
24 Greatest HitsCarpenters1982Compil.
Those Good Old DreamsCarpenters1981Single
Made In AmericaCarpenters1981Album
Beechwood 4-5789Carpenters1981Single
(Want You) Back In My Life Again / Somebody's Been Lyin'Carpenters1981Single
Carpenters Vol.2 - DesperadoCarpenters1981Compil.
Carpenters Vol.1 - Yesterday Once MoreCarpenters1981Compil.
Touch Me When We're DancingCarpenters1981Single
Touch Me When We're DancingCarpenters1981Single
Those Good Old DreamsCarpenters1981Single
Jambalaya (On The Bayou) / Please Mr. PostmanCarpenters1981Single
Beautiful MomentsCarpenters1980Compil.
The Best Of The CarpentersCarpenters1980Compil.
Sounds Capsule Vol. 2Carpenters1979Compil.
Sounds Capsule Vol. 1Carpenters1979Compil.
Montego Bay / Sweet Sweet SmileSugar Cane / Carpenters1979Single
The Singles 1974-1978Carpenters1978Compil.
The Carpenters CollectionCarpenters1978Compil.
Christmas PortraitCarpenters1978Album
First 10 YearsCarpenters1978Compil.
Silent NightCarpenters1978Single
I Believe YouCarpenters1978Single
All You Get From Love Is A Love SongCarpenters1977Single
Yesterday Once More/ Please Mr. PostmanCarpenters1977Single
Ticket To RideCarpenters1977Single
Super DiskCarpenters1977Compil.
Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem Of World Contact Day)Carpenters1977Single
A Foreplay SpecialCarpenters1977Single
Don't Cry For Me ArgentinaCarpenters1977Single
Sweet, Sweet SmileCarpenters1977Single
Live At The AmsterdamCarpenters1976Album
Live At The PalladiumCarpenters1976Album
Breaking Up Is Hard To DoCarpenters1976Single
I Need To Be In Love / There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)Carpenters1976Single
12 Best PopsCarpenters1976Compil.
There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)Carpenters1976Single
I Need To Be In LoveCarpenters1976Single
A Kind Of HushCarpenters1976Album
Stereo Laboratory Vol.19Carpenters1976Compil.
12 Best Pops 2Carpenters1976Compil.
Carpenters Best Hits 2Carpenters1975Single
Only YesterdayCarpenters1975Single
Only Yesterday / HappyCarpenters1975Single
Only Yesterday \ High Ball ShooterCarpenters \ Deep Purple1975Single
Carpenters Best Hits 4Carpenters1975Single
Carpenters Best Hits 1Carpenters1975Single
Gem Of CarpentersCarpenters1975Compil.
Carpenters Best 4Carpenters1975Single
Por Favor Sr. CarteroCarpenters1975Compil.
Carpenters Best Hits 3Carpenters1975Single
Carpenters DeluxeCarpenters1975Compil.
Please Mr. Postman / Parlami D'Amore MariùCarpenters / Mal1975Single
Please Mr. PostmanCarpenters1974Single
I Won't Last A Day Without You / We've Only Just BegunCarpenters1974Single
Please Mr. PostmanCarpenters1974Compil.
Live In JapanCarpenters1974Album
Please Mr. PostmanCarpenters1974Single
4 SucessosCarpenters1974Single
Santa Claus Is Coming To TownCarpenters1974Single
Great Hits Of The Carpenters Vol II 1969-1973Carpenters1974Compil.
Golden Prize, Vol. 2Carpenters1974Compil.
Hurting Each OtherCarpenters1974Single
ジャンバラヤ = JambalayaCarpenters1973Single
The Singles 1969-1973Carpenters1973Compil.
Yesterday Once MoreCarpenters1973Single
Carpenters CollectionCarpenters1973Album
Top Of The World / HeatherCarpenters1973Single
Top Of The WorldCarpenters1973Single
Now & ThenCarpenters1973Album
Yesterday Once MoreCarpenters1973Single
Top Of The World / Your Wonderful ParadeCarpenters1973Single
Solo Exitos!Carpenters1973Compil.
Canta (Version En Español) = Sing (Spanish Version)Carpenters1973Single
Gem Of CarpentersCarpenters1973Single
The Singles 1969-1973Carpenters1973Compil.
The Body And Soul Of / Now & ThenTom Jones / Carpenters1973Compil.
Goodbye To Love / Top Of The WorldCarpenters1973Single
This Masquerade (Mascarada)Carpenters1973Single
Yesterday Once MoreCarpenters1973Single
Sing / Yesterday Once MoreCarpenters1973Single
Band On The RunWings / Grand Funk Railroad / Cher / Carpenters / Joan Baez1973Single
Goodbye To LoveCarpenters1973Single
Top Of The WorldCarpenters1973Single
Top Of The WorldCarpenters1973Single
Yesterday Once MoreCarpenters1973Single
Top Of The WorldCarpenters1973Compil.
Now & ThenCarpenters1973Single
Now And Then Golden Goodies MedleyCarpenters1973Single
Super Max 20Carpenters1973Compil.
The Carpenters CollectionCarpenters1973Compil.
The Singles 1974-1978Carpenters1973Compil.
Jambalaya (On The Bayou)Carpenters1973Single
I Won't Last A Day Without YouCarpenters1972Single
I Won't Last A Day Without YouCarpenters1972Single
I Won't Last A Day Without YouCarpenters1972Single
Me Llevará Algun Tiempo / En La Cima Del MundoCarpenters1972Single
A Song For YouCarpenters1972Album
Golden Double DeluxeCarpenters1972Compil.
Goodbye To LoveCarpenters1972Single
Christmas SongCarpenters1972Single
It's Going To Take Some TimeCarpenters1972Single
Yesterday Once More = Ayer Otra VezCarpenters1972Single
Hurting Each OtherCarpenters1972Single
Top Of The World = トップ・オブ・ザ・ワールドCarpenters1972Single
Bless The Beasts & Children / HelpCarpenters1971Single
Superstar = SuperestrellaCarpenters1971Single
For All We Know = Por Todo Lo Que SabemosCarpenters1971Single
Superstar = SuperestrellaCarpenters1971Single
We've Only Just BegunCarpenters1971Single
Rainy Days And Mondays / HideawayCarpenters1971Single
For All We KnowCarpenters1971Single
Greatest HitsCarpenters1971Compil.
Rainy Days And Mondays / SaturdayCarpenters1971Single
Golden PrizeCarpenters1971Compil.
Superstar / Rainy Days And MondayCarpenters1971Single
Rainy Days and MondaysCarpenters1971Single
Merry Christmas DarlingCarpenters1971Single
Sounds Like The NavyCarpenters1971Album
Yesterday One More / (They Long To Be) Close To YouCarpenters1970Single
Ticket To Ride / (They Long To Be) Close To YouCarpenters1970Single
We've Only Just BegunCarpenters1970Single
Close To YouCarpenters1970Album
Close To YouCarpenters1970Single
(They Long To Be) Close To YouCarpenters1970Single
We've Only Just BegunCarpenters1970Single
For All We KnowCarpenters1970Single
Ticket To RideCarpenters1970Compil.
For All We Know / Rainy Days And MondaysCarpenters1970Single
(They Long To Be) Close To YouCarpenters1970Single
3D Mona Liza / (They Long To Be) Close To YouPaul Brett's Sage / Carpenters1970Single
Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon & Garfunkel / Carpenters / Danyel Gérard1970Single
Merry Christmas, DarlingCarpenters1970Single
For All We Know / Baby It's YouCarpenters1970Single
Ticket To RideCarpenters1969Single
Merry Christmas, Darling / SuperstarCarpentersSingle
Preview Disc - The Best Of The Carpenters The Best Of Neil DiamondCarpenters / Neil DiamondSingle
Best SelectionCarpentersCompil.
Hurting Each Other / It's Going To Take Some TimeCarpentersSingle
Carpenters Gold - 35th Anniversary EditionCarpentersCompil.
4 Sucessos Vol.2CarpentersCompil.
Please Mr. Postman / SolitaireCarpentersSingle
Live RaritiesCarpentersAlbum
4 Sucessos Vol.3CarpentersSingle
Carpenters Big Artist AlbumCarpentersCompil.
Carpenters SingCarpentersSingle
Hurting Each OtherCarpentersSingle
Sonny & Cher... CarpentersSonny & Cher ... CarpentersAlbum
Billboard Hits U.S.A.CarpentersCompil.
For All We KnowCarpenters, John Lennon / The Plastic Ono BandSingle
Let Me Be The One / SuperstarCarpentersSingle
Legends In Concert - CarpentersCarpentersAlbum
We've Only Just Begun / For All We KnowCarpentersSingle
Love Sounds SpecialCarpentersCompil.
Carpenters Vol. 5CarpentersCompil.
In Performance 1972CarpentersAlbum
Golden Stars InternationalCarpentersCompil.
Hurting Each OtherCarpentersSingle
Get Down / Do It Again / Top Of The World / I Feel The Earth MoveGilbert O'Sullivan / Steely Dan / Carpenters / Carole KingSingle
Only Yesterday / Streets Of London / Down Down / Do The Spunky MonkyCarpenters / Ralph McTell / Status Quo / Digby RichardsSingle
A Video Biography (Volume 1)CarpentersCompil.
Yesterday Once More D.J. SamplerCarpentersCompil.
Live In LondonCarpentersAlbum
The Live History 40 Anos EspecialCarpentersAlbum
Best HitCarpentersCompil.
Carpenters Vol. 4CarpentersCompil.
Carpenters Vol. 6CarpentersCompil.
The Shadows vs CarpentersThe Shadows, CarpentersCompil.
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