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 (Carpenters - Close To You, Carpenters - Carpenters, Carpenters - A Song For You, Carpenters - Now & Then and Carpenters - 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.


Carpenters Discography Tracks


Carpenters Offering (Album, Comp) A&M Records Canada 1969 Sell This Version
Carpenters Close To You (Album, MiniAlbum) A&M Records Japan 1970 Sell This Version
Carpenters Carpenters (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records Europe 1971 Sell This Version
Carpenters A Song For You (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Carpenters Now & Then (Album) A&M Records Barbados 1973 Sell This Version
Carpenters Live In Japan (Album) A&M Records Japan 1974 Sell This Version
Carpenters Horizon (Album) A&M Records Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
Carpenters Live At The Palladium (Album) A&M Records Germany 1976 Sell This Version
Carpenters A Kind Of Hush (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records Peru 1976 Sell This Version
Carpenters Passage (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records Rhodesia 1977 Sell This Version
Carpenters Christmas Portrait (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
Carpenters The Best Of The Carpenters (Comp) Reader's Digest UK 1980 Sell This Version
Carpenters Made In America (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
Carpenters Voice Of The Heart (Album) A&M Records South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
Carpenters An Old-Fashioned Christmas (Album) A&M Records Australia & New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
Carpenters Lovelines (Album) A&M Records Japan 1989 Sell This Version
Carpenters As Time Goes By (Album) A&M Records Indonesia 2001 Sell This Version
CDPC851 The Carpenters* Grandes Exitos - En Vivo(CD, Album) Garra Records CDPC851 Argentina 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Carpenters Ticket To Ride (Single) A&M Records Australia 1969 Sell This Version
Carpenters (They Long To Be) Close To You (Single) A&M Records Greece 1970 Sell This Version
Carpenters (They Long To Be) Close To You (EP) A&M Records Mexico 1970 Sell This Version
Carpenters Close To You (EP) A&M Records Australia 1970 Sell This Version
Carpenters Ticket To Ride / (They Long To Be) Close To You (Single) A&M Records Spain 1970 Sell This Version
Carpenters We've Only Just Begun (Single) A&M Records, A&M Records Australia 1970 Sell This Version
Carpenters For All We Know (EP) A&M Records New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version

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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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