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    Formed in Downey, California
    Originally called ‘The Richard Carpenter Trio’
    Richard Carpenter – vocals/keyboards
    Karen Carpenter – vocals/drums
    Albums include ‘Offering (1969),’ ‘Close to You (1970),’ ‘Bless the Beasts and Children (1971),’ ‘A Song for You (1972),’ ‘A Kind of Hush (1976)’ and ‘A Christmas Portrait (1978)’
    Songs include ‘(They Long to Be) Close to You,’ ‘Rainy Days and Mondays,’ ‘Superstar,’ ‘We’ve Only Just Begun,’ ‘Hurting Each Other,’ ‘Goodbye to Love,’ ‘Yesterday Once More,’ ‘Top of the World,’ ‘Only Yesterday’ and ‘Solitaire’
    They were a brother and sister who specialized in love songs (sick).
    Richard Carpenter was reportedly a control freak who made Karen live with him for many years.
    They were considered old-fashioned in the 1970’s.
    Music critics hated them.
    One critic said: ‘Their music is so laid back, it barely exists.’
    Richard Carpenter was addicted to Quaaludes.
    Karen Carpenter was a terrible anorexic who died at 32 (1983).
    Their popularity had been fading for years by the time Karen died.
    Given Karen’s unhappy life and early death, their songs can make you want to off yourself (especially at Christmas!).

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro

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