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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.

The Carpenters 1978/1980

Richard sought treatment for his addiction to Quaaludes at a Topeka, Kansas, facility for six weeks starting in January 1979. He then decided to take the rest of the year off for relaxation and rehabilitation. Karen, at this point neither wanting to take a break from singing nor seek help for her anorexia, decided to pursue a solo album project with renowned producer Phil Ramone in New York. The choice of Ramone and more adult-oriented and disco/dance-tempo material represented an effort to retool her image. The album was finished by Spring 1980, but Richard and A&M executives voted to reject it which reportedly devastated Karen. The album was finally released 13 years after Karen’s death, in 1996.

R.E.M.

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R.E.M. in concert in Padova, Italy, in July 2003. From left to right: Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, touring drummer Bill Rieflin, and Peter Buck

Also known as Hornets Attack Victor Mature, Bingo Hand Job, It Crawled from the South
Origin Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Alternative rock college rock jangle pop
Years active 1980–2011
Labels
Hib-Tone I.R.S. Warner Bros. Capitol New West Rhino Concord Bicycle Music
Associated acts
10,000 Maniacs Automatic Baby The Baseball Project Hindu Love Gods The Minus 5 Tuatara Tired Pony
Website remhq.com
Past members
Michael Stipe
Peter Buck
Mike Mills
Bill Berry
R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by lead singer Michael Stipe, lead guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first popular alternative rock bands, R.E.M. were noted for Buck’s ringing, arpeggiated guitar style, Stipe’s particular vocal quality, and Mills’ melodic basslines and backing vocals. R.E.M. released their first single, “Radio Free Europe”, in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band’s first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M. achieved a mainstream hit in 1987 with the single “The One I Love”. The group signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1988, and began to espouse political and environmental concerns while playing large arenas worldwide.

By the early 1990s, when alternative rock began to experience broad mainstream success, R.E.M. was viewed by subsequent acts such as Nirvana and Pavement as a pioneer of the genre. The band then released its two most commercially successful albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), which veered from the band’s established sound and catapulted it to international fame. R.E.M.’s 1994 release, Monster, was a return to a more rock-oriented sound, but still continued its run of success. The band began its first tour in six years to support the album; the tour was marred by medical emergencies suffered by the three band members.

In 1996, R.E.M. re-signed with Warner Bros. for a reported US$80 million, at the time the most expensive recording contract in history. Its 1996 release, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, though critically acclaimed, fared worse commercially than expected. The following year, Bill Berry left the band, while Stipe, Buck, and Mills continued the group as a trio. Through some changes in musical style, the band continued its career into the next decade with mixed critical and commercial success, despite having sold more than 85 million records worldwide and becoming one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time. In 2007, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in their first year of eligibility. R.E.M. disbanded amicably in September 2011, announcing the split on its website.

Baha Men

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Baha Men performing in June 2010
Background information
Also known as High Voltage, The Baha Boys
Origin New Providence, Bahamas
Genres Junkanoo, dance, pop, reggae fusion
Years active 1980–present
Labels EMI/S-Curve, Sony Music Entertainment/Latin America, Rough Trade Records
Members
Rik Carey
Isaiah Taylor
Dyson Knight
Colyn “Moe” Grant
Anthony “Monks” Flowers
Leroy “Breaka” Butler
Patrick Carey
Jeffery Chea
Herschell Small
Past members
Nehemiah Hield
Anwar Rolle
James “funky boi” Morrison
Cedric Poitier
Marvin Prosper Knowles
Omerit Hield
Ryan Andrews
Baha Men are a Bahamian band playing a modernized style of Bahamian music called junkanoo. They are best known for their 2000 hit single “Who Let the Dogs Out?”.

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David Bowie & Mick Jagger

For those that are young, may not know that Mick Jagger and David Bowie recorded a song together with a video as well. Dancing In The Streets is one of my favorite songs and to have, not one, but two of my favorite singers Mick Jagger and David Bowie (in that order), singing it was amazement to me. I thought that they would release an album, but that never happened, except for the 12″ 45, (which I still have), I got nothing to favor the event and it wasn’t until iTunes that I got the video.

It’s a shame that theirs not enough information about this event, but the memories will continue in me !!!

Capella Istropolitana

The Capella Istropolitana, is a Slovakian chamber orchestra based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Its name is derived from the Greek name for Bratislava, Istropolis (city on the Danube).

The orchestra was formed in 1983, and in 1991 the Bratislava City council appointed the orchestra as the Chamber Orchestra of the City of Bratislava. The current conductor is Christian Brembeck.

The Beatles 2002/2004

I’m disappointed with Paul McCartney, because he wrote a song about John Lennon when he died, but nothing for George Harrison.

I know Ringo Starr doesn’t have the the talent of writing songs like the others, but he could have done something, so I’m disappointed in him as well.

The Beatles are dead Rest In Peace !!!

The Beatles 2000/2002

George Harrison is dead (Thursday, November 29, 2001) and now if Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr ever get together, then they can’t be called The Beatles.

Their was hope the three remaining Beatles can continue, since all three The Anthology double CD’s all went to number one, it might continue with recordings of John Lennon.

I’m sorry, I still wish that The Beatles would continue, and I felt shellfish, for keeping them together in my mind.

They have their own lives and I know that, and their families must grief for their lost, but I still miss them, and I still have their recordings and I lived through it and now I must move on to The Rolling Stones, for their nothing more to text about.
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