Karen Carpenter (I) (1950–1983)


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Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Karen Carpenter moved with her family to Downey, California, in 1963. Karen's older brother, Richard Carpenter, decided to put together an instrumental trio with him on the piano, Karen on the drums and their friend Wes Jacobs on the bass and tuba. In a battle of the bands at the Hollywood Bowl in 1966, the group ... See full bio »

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 2011 Paul Williams Still Alive (Documentary) (performer: "We've Only Just Begun" )
 1980 The Carpenters: Music, Music, Music (TV Special) (performer: "Without A Song")
 1980 Olivia Newton-John: Hollywood Nights (TV Special) (performer: "Heartache Tonight")
 1974 The Perry Como Christmas Show (TV Special) (performer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas", "Sleep Well Little Children", "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "(They Long to Be) Close to You/It's Impossible/We've Only Just Begun/And I Love You So/Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes/Yesterday Once More")
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Other Works:

Passage (audio recording) - September 23, 1977 See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 3 Portrayals | 6 Articles | See more »


Alternate Names:

Die Carpenters | The Carpenters

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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The image we have would be impossible for Mickey Mouse to maintain. We're just... normal people. See more »

Trivia:

Her cover version of "(They Long to Be) Close to You" was originally recorded by Dusty Springfield in 1964, shortly before Dionne Warwick recorded it that same year. Dusty's was scheduled for release as a single, and potential follow-up to her No. 3 hit "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself". However, it was not until three years later, in 1967, that it finally was released on her album "... See more »

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Contralto singing vocals See more »

Nickname:

K.C.

Star Sign:

Pisces

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