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Their debut album, The War Report, was released in 1997 while Noreaga was serving another prison sentence. In 2004, Carpenter and his wife pledged a generous $3 Million gift to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Foundation in memory of Karen Carpenter. The two grew up in bad neighborhoods in Queensbridge and LeFrak City, and met each other in jail in 1992. Today, Richard Carpenter lives with his wife in Thousand Oaks, California and is a prominent supporter of the arts there. Capone-N-Noreaga is a rap act that consists of Capone (Kiam Holley) and Noreaga (Victor Santiago). Both recordings have been honored with Grammy Hall of Fame awards for recordings of lasting quality or historical significance: "We've Only Just Begun" was inducted in 1998, while "Close to You" followed in 2000. MTV biography ( In particular, "Close To You" is frequently sung in karaoke bars, while the duo's signature tune, "We've Only Just Begun", continues to be performed at weddings and receptions.

Several of their songs have achieved the status of popular standards. A tribute album by contemporary artists also appeared that year and provided an alternative rock interpretation of numerous Carpenters hits. A 1994 biography, The Carpenters: The Untold Story, by respected music journalist and biographer Ray Coleman, covered the arc of the duo's career and personal lives. A critical reevaluation of the Carpenters' musical output followed during the 1990s, as interest in and appreciation for the duo's recorded work increased.

A 1989 TV movie, The Karen Carpenter Story, produced with Richard's cooperation, gained favorable notices and reached a wide audience. Although numerous critics found Karen's portrayal to be sympathetic, the film depicted the Carpenter family in an unflattering light, and Richard prevailed in pulling the film from distribution on the basis that Carpenters tracks were used on the soundtrack without permission. In 1987 he intervened to limit the distribution of the Todd Haynes short film Superstar - The Karen Carpenter Story (using Barbie dolls to relate a perspective on Karen's untimely death). His dedication to protecting the Carpenters' image and recording legacy has sparked criticism from some quarters, as Richard has insisted on substantial project oversight as the price for his cooperation in any documentary or drama focusing on them.

Following Karen's death, Richard Carpenter has continued to produce recordings of the duo's music, including several albums of previously unreleased material and numerous compilation albums. The years of dieting and abuse proved too much strain on her heart, however, and on February 4, 1983, Karen suffered cardiac arrest at her parents' home in Downey and was pronounced dead at Downey Memorial Hospital at the age of only 32. In 1982, Karen sought therapy with noted psychotherapist Steven Levenkron in New York City for her disorder and returned to California later that year determined to regain her professional career. Personal troubles, however, dimmed the prospects of this modest return to the charts, as Karen suffered a failed marriage and the ongoing effects of her anorexia.

(The solo LP remained unreleased until 1996.) Their LP Made in America, released in 1981, spawned a final top 20 hit single, "Touch Me When We're Dancing". The resulting product, however, met a tepid response from Richard and A&M executives in early 1980, and Karen wavered in her dedication to the project. Ultimately, she abandoned the solo effort in favor of launching a new LP with her brother, now fully recovered from his addiction. Her choice of more adult-oriented and dance-tempo material represented an effort to retool their image. Karen, meanwhile, decided to pursue a solo album project with renowned producer Phil Ramone in New York.

Richard sought treatment for his addiction at a Topeka, Kansas, facility in early 1979. and Japan. Richard, meanwhile, developed an addiction to Quaaludes, which began to affect his performance in the late 1970s and led to the end of the duo's live concert appearances in 1978. Karen dieted obsessively and developed the disorder anorexia nervosa, which first manifested itself in 1975, when an exhausted and emaciated Karen was forced to cancel concert tours in the U.K. By the mid-1970s, extensive touring and lengthy recording sessions had begun to take their toll on the duo and contributed to their professional difficulties during the latter half of the decade.

(A second Christmas collection, An Old Fashioned Christmas, was released in 1984 after Karen's death.) Their television specials also garnered solid ratings and kept them before the public eye during the late 1970s. A second Singles album (covering the years 1974-1978) was released in the U.K., while in the States, their 1978 holiday album, A Christmas Portrait, proved an exception to their faltering career at home and became a seasonal favorite. Despite their disappointing performance on domestic charts, the Carpenters continued to enjoy enormous popularity. charts, and the album failed to cross the gold threshold of 500,000 copies sold in the States.

Although the single release of "Calling Occupants" became a top ten hit in the U.K., it stalled at number 32 on the U.S. The most notable tracks included cover versions of "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" (from the rock opera Evita), and Klaatu's "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft", both complete with choral and orchestral accompaniment. The LP featured an unlikely mix of Latin rock, calypso, and pop, and included the Top 40 hit "All You Get From Love is a Love Song". Their more experimental album, Passage, released in 1977, marked an attempt to broaden their appeal by venturing into other musical genres.

The follow-up single, the Carpenter-Bettis song "I Need to Be in Love" charted no higher than 25, while the novelty song "Goofus" failed to reach the Top 40 entirely. The duo's highest charting single that year was a cover of Herman's Hermits' "There's a Kind of Hush", which peaked at number 12. Their singles releases in 1976 likewise followed a pattern of diminishing returns. The LPs Horizon and A Kind of Hush, released in 1975 and 1976 respectively, achieved "gold" status but failed to peak as high as previous efforts.

Both singles appeared on the LP Horizon, which also included covers of The Eagles' "Desperado" and Neil Sedaka's "Solitaire", which became a moderate hit for the duo that year. Later that spring the pair scored a final top five hit with the Carpenter-Bettis song "Only Yesterday". charts in January 1975, becoming the duo's third and final number one single. Released in late 1974, the single soared to #1 on the U.S.

Postman". In early 1975 the Carpenters scaled the charts with a remake of the Marvelettes' hit "Please Mr. In late 1974 a Christmas single followed, a jazz-influenced rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town". charts.

Instead the pair chose for single release the Williams-Nichols composition, "I Won't Last a Day Without You." Originally recorded as an album track for 1972's Song for You LP, the single version became the fifth and final selection from that album project to chart in the Top 20, reaching #11 on the U.S. As a result, the Carpenters did not issue a new album in 1974. Extensive touring in 1973-74 left the duo with little time for recording new material. In 1973, the Carpenters were voted Best Band, Duo, or Group (Pop/Rock) at the first annual American Music Awards.

The recording industry, however, bestowed awards on the duo, who won three Grammy Awards during their career (including Best New Artist, and Best Pop Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus, for "Close to You" in 1970; and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for the LP Carpenters in 1971). With their output focused on ballads and mid-tempo pop, the duo's music was often dismissed by critics as bland and "saccharine". The Carpenters' popularity often confounded critics. In May 1973 the Carpenters accepted an invitation to perform at the White House for President Richard Nixon and visiting West German chancellor Willy Brandt.

In 1971 the duo appeared in a television special on the BBC in the United Kingdom and were the featured performers in a summer replacement series, Make Your Own Kind of Music, which aired on NBC-TV in the U.S. Among their numerous television credits were appearances on such popular series as American Bandstand, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, and the Carol Burnett Show. To promote their recordings, the Carpenters maintained a staggering schedule of concert tours and television appearances during this period. Several of his compositions with lyricist John Bettis became hit records, including "Goodbye to Love", "Yesterday Once More", and "Top of the World".

To his role as vocalist, keyboardist, and arranger, Richard added that of composer on numerous tracks. The duo produced a distinctive sound featuring Karen's expressive contralto on lead vocals, with both siblings contributing background vocals that were overdubbed to create densely layered harmonies. During the first half of the 1970s, the Carpenters' music was a staple of Top 40 playlists. alone.

and the United Kingdom and became one of the bestselling albums of the decade, ultimately selling more than 7,000,000 copies in the U.S. A greatest hits LP, titled The Singles: 1969-1973, topped the charts in the U.S. "Top of the World", an album selection on the Song for You LP, was covered by country artist Lynn Anderson, became a word-of-mouth hit and was re-recorded for single release in 1973, reaching number one on the Top 40 late that year. A string of hit singles and albums kept the Carpenters on the charts through the early 1970s, including "For All We Know", "Rainy Days and Mondays", and "Superstar" (all from the LP, Carpenters) in 1971; "Hurting Each Other", "It's Going to Take Some Time", and "Goodbye to Love" (from the LP, A Song for You) in 1972; "Sing" and "Yesterday Once More" (from the LP, Now and Then) in 1973.

The single scored high on the holiday charts in 1970 and made repeat appearances on the charts in subsequent years. The duo rounded out the year with a holiday release, "Merry Christmas Darling", which Richard co-wrote with Frank Pooler, who had been the duo's choral director at Long Beach State. A follow-up recording, "We've Only Just Begun" (written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols), reached #2 to become the duo's second major hit in the fall of 1970, and helped catapult the album featuring both hits (titled Close to You) to bestseller status. The Carpenters achieved their breakthrough in 1970 with the release of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David song, "(They Long to Be) Close to You", which rose to #1 and stayed atop the charts for four weeks.

The most significant track on the album, though, was a ballad rendition of The Beatles' hit "Ticket to Ride", which soon became a minor hit for the Carpenters, and the LP was subsequently retitled Ticket to Ride with somewhat improved sales. Their initial LP, titled Offering, featured numerous selections that Richard had written or co-written during their Spectrum period. They sent out demo tapes and eventually attracted the attention of Herb Alpert, who signed the duo to his label, A&M Records, in 1969. After Spectrum folded, the Carpenters decided to continue as a duo, with Richard on keyboards, Karen on drums, and both contributing vocals.

Nevertheless, the experience proved rewarding for the siblings, as Richard found a lyricist for his original compositions in fellow Spectrum member John Bettis. Although the new group landed club dates at such venues as the Whisky A Go-Go, no record deal was forthcoming. Richard and Karen next teamed with four other student musicians from Long Beach State to form the sextet Spectrum. The label chose not to release their songs, however, and doubting their commercial potential, RCA soon dropped the trio.

Winning the Hollywood Bowl "Battle of the Bands" in 1966, the trio was picked up by the RCA label. During this period, the pair, joined by bassist friend Wes Jacobs, formed the Richard Carpenter Trio, a jazz instrumental group. The resulting single included two of Richard's compositions, "Looking for Love" and "I'll Be Yours", but the label soon folded, bringing this promising start to a close. Asked to sing, Karen performed and landed a short-lived recording contract as a solo artist with Osborn's flegling label Magic Lamp.

bassist Joe Osborn, where Richard was to accompany an auditioning vocalist. In May 1966 Karen joined Richard in attending a late night session in the garage studio of L.A. During the mid to late 1960s, the two attempted to launch a musical career but failed to gain a successful recording deal until the decade's end. Karen, meanwhile, did not manifest her musical talents until high school, when she joined the band and soon mastered the drums.

The move to southern California was intended in part to foster his budding musical career. Richard had developed his interest in music at an early age, becoming a piano prodigy. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, (Richard on October 15, 1946, and Karen on March 2, 1950), the Carpenter siblings moved with their parents to California in 1963 and settled in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey. With their brand of melodic pop, they charted a score of hit recordings on the American Top 40, becoming leading exponents of the "soft rock" or adult contemporary genre and ranking among the foremost recording artists of the decade.

The Carpenters were a 1970s vocal and instrumental duo, consisting of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter. Ray Coleman; The Carpenters: The Untold Story; Harper Collins Publishers; ISBN 0-06-018345-4 (1st edition, paperback, 1994).

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