Vocal and instrumental duo

Consisting of American sister Karen Carpenter and brother Richard Carpenter. The Carpenters were the #1 selling American music act of the 1970s. Though often referred to by the public as "The Carpenters", the duo's official name on authorized recordings and press materials is simply Carpenters, without the definite article. 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.

Carpenters' melodic pop produced a record-breaking run of hit recordings 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, the 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 in the United States, the 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


SP 4205 Carpenters Offering (Album) A&M Records SP 4205 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
SAML-933927 Carpenters Close To You (Album, MiniAlbum) A&M Records SAML-933927 New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version
AMLS 63502 Carpenters Carpenters (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records AMLS 63502 Europe 1971 Sell This Version
064 60871 Carpenters A Song For You (Album) A&M Records 064 60871 Brazil 1972 Sell This Version
AML 34889 Carpenters Now & Then (Album) A&M Records AML 34889 New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
GP-130 / GP-220 Tom Jones, Carpenters Tom Jones, Carpenters - The Body And Soul Of / Now & Then(LP, Album, Promo, Smplr, S/Edition) King Records GP-130 / GP-220 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
GSW 301 / 2 Carpenters Live In Japan (Album) A&M Records GSW 301 / 2 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
31C 06460867 Carpenters Horizon (Album) A&M Records 31C 06460867 Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
28 335 XOT Carpenters Live At The Palladium (Album) A&M Records 28 335 XOT Germany 1976 Sell This Version
SP 4581, SP-4581 Carpenters A Kind Of Hush (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records SP 4581, SP-4581 US 1976 Sell This Version
SP-4703 Carpenters Passage (Album) A&M Records, A&M Records SP-4703 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
SP-3210 Carpenters Christmas Portrait (Album) A&M Records SP-3210 Brazil 1978 Sell This Version
AMLK 63723 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) A&M Records SP-4954 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
CS 3270 Carpenters An Old-Fashioned Christmas (Album) A&M Records CS 3270 US 1984 Sell This Version
AMC 3931 Carpenters Lovelines (Album) A&M Records AMC 3931 UK 1989 Sell This Version
UICY-1060 Carpenters As Time Goes By (Album) A&M Records UICY-1060 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
CDPC851 Carpenters, The* Grandes Exitos - En Vivo(CD, Album) Garra Records CDPC851 Argentina 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

1142 Carpenters Ticket To Ride (Single) A&M Records 1142 US 1969 Sell This Version
AMS 800 Carpenters (They Long To Be) Close To You (Single) A&M Records AMS 800 Greece 1970 Sell This Version
7AMD-10012 Carpenters (They Long To Be) Close To You (EP) A&M Records 7AMD-10012 Brazil 1970 Sell This Version
AMX-11,749 Carpenters Close To You (EP) A&M Records AMX-11,749 Australia 1970 Sell This Version
H618, H 618, H-618 Carpenters Ticket To Ride / (They Long To Be) Close To You (Single) A&M Records H618, H 618, H-618 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
AMK-3913, 3913 Carpenters We've Only Just Begun (Single) A&M Records, A&M Records AMK-3913, 3913 Australia 1970 Sell This Version
AMX-11,795 Carpenters For All We Know (EP) A&M Records AMX-11,795 New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version