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The Carpenters 1998/2000

I know that I have these songs on here already, but I’m so excited to have music on my website, that I can’t do enough to show it off !!!

The Carpenters 1996/1998

I wasn’t going to do The Carpenters yet, but since I have their music on my website, I thought I would start it today and continue with it all day long and do the same with someone new tomorrow !!!

The Carpenters 1994/1996

I know I uploaded this before, but I need to get to the next to the next century, because nothing is happening between 1994/1996 !!!

The Carpenters 1992/1994

More facts, about The Carpenters and another song !!!

In 1971, the A&M graphics department hired Craig Braun and Associates to design the album cover for their third album, entitled Carpenters. “I recognized it to be a great logo as soon as I saw it”, says Richard. In addition, the logo was used on every Carpenters’ album since the third one as said by Richard, “to keep things consistent, though, every Carpenters’ album from the logo’s inception shows the logo.”The logo did not appear on the front cover of their album Passage but a small version appeared on the back cover.

The Carpenters 1990/1992

I did this with The Beatles, trying to fill in the years, but unless The Beatles, I have music to go with it !!!

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The Carpenters 1988/1990

Nothing to report, so here’s a new photo and a song !!!

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The Carpenters 1986/1988

Not much happen at this time, so I’ll leave you with this photo and a song, until next time !!!

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The Carpenters 1984/1986

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. Voice of the Heart, an album that included some finished tracks left off of Made in America and earlier LPs, was released in late 1983. It peaked at No. 46 and was certified Gold. Two singles were released. “Make Believe It’s Your First Time”, a second version of a song Karen had recorded for her solo album (and a song which had been a minor hit in 1979 for Bobby Vinton), reached No. 7 Adult Contemporary but only reached No. 101 on the pop side. “Your Baby Doesn’t Love You Anymore” got to No. 12 Adult Contemporary.
For the second Christmas season following Karen’s death, Richard constructed a “new” Carpenters’ Christmas album entitled An Old-Fashioned Christmas, using outtake material from the duo’s first Christmas album Christmas Portrait and recording new material around it.
Richard Carpenter married his first cousin, Mary Rudolph, on May 19, 1984. Kristi Lynn (which was the name Karen had chosen for a daughter if she ever had one) [Little Girl Blue] was born on August 17, 1987, Traci Tatum on July 25, 1989, Mindi Karen (named after her late aunt) on July 7, 1992, followed by Colin Paul and Taylor Mary.

The Carpenters 1982/1984

On February 3, 1983, Karen visited her parents. The following morning, February 4, her mother found her lying unresponsive on the floor of a walk-in closet. After they spent 20 minutes in a waiting room, a doctor entered to tell Richard and his parents that Karen was dead. The autopsy stated that Karen’s death was caused by emetine cardiotoxicity resulting from anorexia nervosa. Under the anatomical summary, the first item was heart failure, with anorexia as second. The third finding was cachexia, which is extremely low weight and weakness and general body decline associated with chronic disease. Emetine cardiotoxicity implied that Karen abused ipecac syrup, although there was no evidence to suggest that Karen abused it as her brother and family never found ipecac vials in her apartment, even after her death.
At her funeral, more than a thousand mourners turned up, among them her friends Dorothy Hamill, Olivia Newton-John, Petula Clark, Dionne Warwick and Herb Alpert.
On October 12, 1983, the Carpenters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a few yards from the Dolby Theatre. Richard, Harold and Agnes Carpenter attended the inauguration, as did many fans.
Karen’s death brought media attention to anorexia nervosa and also to bulimia.

The Carpenters 1980/1982

Karen proceeded with plans to record a new album with her brother, who had now recovered from his addiction and was ready to continue their career. The Carpenters produced their final television special in 1980, called Music, Music, Music!, with guest stars Ella Fitzgerald, Suzanne Somers, and John Davidson. However, ABC was not happy with the special as it was music from start to finish, unlike the previous specials which included sketch-based comedy. ABC felt it was too much like a PBSprogram.
On June 16, 1981, the Carpenters released what would become their final LP as a duo, Made in America. The album sold around 200,000 copies and spawned a final top 20 pop single, “Touch Me When We’re Dancing”, which reached No. 16 on the Hot 100. It also became their fifteenth and final number one Adult Contemporary hit. The album also produced three other singles, including “(Want You) Back In My Life Again”, “Those Good Old Dreams”, and a remake of the Motown hit “Beechwood 4-5789”. The singles fared well on the adult contemporary charts. “Beechwood 4-5789”, the last single by the Carpenters to be released in Karen’s lifetime, was released on her 32nd birthday.
Promotion for the album included a whistle-stop tour of America, Brazil and Europe, preceded by a disastrous live appearance for a Japanese Telethon event, filmed outdoors on the lot of A&M in August 1981. During their segment (the last of the show), the playback audio cut out midway through their performance of “Touch Me When We’re Dancing”. The ensuing scenes, along with Karen’s reaction, left it obvious to viewers that the whole band had been miming. Three further singles from the album failed to ignite the charts.
Karen sought therapy for her eating disorder with noted psychotherapist Steven Levenkronin New York City. In September 1982, she called her therapist to say her heart was beating ‘funny’ and she felt dizzy and confused. Admitting herself into hospital later that month, Karen was hooked up to an intravenous drip; she ended up gaining 30 pounds (14 kg) in eight weeks. In November 1982, Karen left the hospital and despite pleas from family and friends, she announced that she was returning home to California and that she was cured.

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