American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of sister Karen, and brother Richard Carpenter.

Carpenters were the #1 selling American music act of the 1970's. Though often referred to as "The Carpenters," their name on official releases and press materials was "Carpenters." During a period in the 1970's 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 Records. In their move West, they met Lou Adler who introduced them to Herb Alpert, who 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 of established 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.


LPS-77923 Carpenters - Offering album art Carpenters Offering (Album) A&M Records LPS-77923 Venezuela 1969 Sell This Version
none Carpenters - Navy Presents album art Carpenters Host Sam Riddle Carpenters Host Sam Riddle - Navy Presents US Navy Recruiting, US Navy Recruiting, US Navy Recruiting, US Navy Recruiting none US 1970 Sell This Version
SP 4271, SP-4271 Carpenters - Close To You album art Carpenters Close To You (Album, Comp, MiniAlbum) A&M Records, A&M Records SP 4271, SP-4271 US 1970 Sell This Version
SP-3502, SP 3502 Carpenters - Carpenters album art Carpenters Carpenters (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records SP-3502, SP 3502 US 1971 Sell This Version
71-41, 71-43 Carpenters - Sounds Like the Navy album art Carpenters, Sam Riddle Carpenters, Sam Riddle - Sounds Like the Navy(2xLP, Transcription) Sounds Like The Navy, Sounds Like The Navy 71-41, 71-43 US 1971 Sell This Version
SAML-934561 Carpenters - A Song For You album art Carpenters A Song For You (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records SAML-934561 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
SP-3519 Carpenters - Now & Then album art Carpenters Now & Then (Album) A&M Records SP-3519 Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
GSW 301 / 2 Carpenters - Live In Japan album art Carpenters Live In Japan (Album) A&M Records GSW 301 / 2 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
SP-4530 Carpenters - Horizon album art Carpenters Horizon (Album) A&M Records SP-4530 US 1975 Sell This Version
28 335 XOT Carpenters - Live At The Palladium album art Carpenters Live At The Palladium (Album) A&M Records 28 335 XOT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
SP 4581 Carpenters - A Kind Of Hush album art Carpenters A Kind Of Hush (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records SP 4581 Israel 1976 Sell This Version
SP-4703, SP 4703 Carpenters - Passage album art Carpenters Passage (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records SP-4703, SP 4703 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1977 Sell This Version
31C 064 61916 Carpenters - Christmas Portrait album art Carpenters Christmas Portrait (Album, Comp) A&M Records 31C 064 61916 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
AMLK 63723 Carpenters - Made In America album art Carpenters Made In America (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records AMLK 63723 UK 1981 Sell This Version
SP-4954 Carpenters - Voice Of The Heart album art Carpenters Voice Of The Heart (Album) A&M Records SP-4954 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
C 38253 Carpenters - An Old-Fashioned Christmas album art Carpenters An Old-Fashioned Christmas (Album) A&M Records C 38253 Australia & New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
LPR-73080 Carpenters - Lovelines album art Carpenters Lovelines (Album) A&M Records LPR-73080 Mexico 1989 Sell This Version
069490880-4 Carpenters - As Time Goes By album art Carpenters As Time Goes By (Album) A&M Records 069490880-4 Indonesia 2001 Sell This Version
B0029419-02 Carpenters - Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra album art Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Album) A&M Records, Universal Music Group B0029419-02 US 2018 Sell This Version
M3530 Carpenters - afterpiece album art Carpenters afterpiece(CD, Album) Monarch Record Mfg. Co. M3530 Canada 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

A&M 1142X Carpenters - Ticket To Ride album art Carpenters Ticket To Ride (Single) A&M Records A&M 1142X Canada 1969 Sell This Version
AMX-11,758 Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun album art Carpenters We've Only Just Begun (EP) A&M Records AMX-11,758 Australia 1970 Sell This Version
AM-1236-S Carpenters - Merry Christmas, Darling album art Carpenters Merry Christmas, Darling (Single) A&M Records AM-1236-S Canada 1970 Sell This Version
AMX-11,749 Carpenters - Close To You album art Carpenters Close To You (EP) A&M Records, A&M Records AMX-11,749 Australia 1970 Sell This Version
AME-45 Carpenters - (They Long To Be) Close To You album art Carpenters (They Long To Be) Close To You (EP) A&M Records AME-45 Mexico 1970 Sell This Version

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July 30, 2018
I love Karen always have I'm 60 yrs old and I still cry when I listen to you guys music. I've always felt I could have helped her . maybe not . But I still miss her I think she is the greatest, I'll miss her till I die, and hopefully after. You guys created something that is magical , will not ever be redone . It hurts to think she is gone , I loved her so much. and Richard your almost as good as Karen, and I still respect you. Your music made people feel good about themselves. Karen's voice is amazing, like the perfect rose' . I love her and you too.Thank you for all the music you have created.


January 3, 2017
Yep, they were an amazing duo. Then again, if it were not for Karen Carpenter's alto voice, the whole thing would be mediocre. However, Richard managed to make her that little bit better and so it all made for a decade of solidity from a duo that really delivered the goods.
I personally don't see the point in everything being changed over and over by Richard through the years though (even if ever so slightly). Still I think he took the new times in and tried to his best ability and by all means, it is in reality almost never for the worse. Still I never got the point of these alterations... It worked in the original incarnation of the songs as well :)


May 30, 2015
Such an amazing duo!

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