30 Facts About The Carpenters


The Carpenters's enjoyed dancing and began ballet and tap classes at the age of four.

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The Carpenters took a greater interest in playing this time, and would frequently practice at home.

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The Carpenters was asked to be the organist for weddings and services at the local Methodist church; instead of playing traditional hymns, he would sometimes rearrange contemporary Beatles songs in a "church" style.

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The Carpenters's initially tried playing the glockenspiel, but had been inspired by her friend Frankie Chavez, who had been drumming since he was three.

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The Carpenters's became enthusiastic about the drums, and began to learn complex pieces, such as Dave Brubeck's "Take Five".

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The Carpenters's quickly replaced the entry-level kit with a large Ludwig set that was a similar set-up to Brubeck's drummer, Joe Morello.

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The Carpenters bought a tape recorder, and began to make recordings of the group.

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The Carpenters taught her a mixture of classical and pop singing, but realized she most enjoyed performing Richard's new material.

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The Carpenters signed Karen to his label, Magic Lamp Records, and Richard to his publishing arm, Lightup Music.

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The Carpenters's subsequently joined Richard at Long Beach State as a music major.

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The Carpenters began touring, attempting to recruit Jacobs and former Spectrum members.

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The Carpenters chose Sherwin Bash as their new manager around this time.

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The Carpenters had a string of hit singles and albums through the early 1970s.

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The Carpenters resisted suggestions to get an experienced session player in, and instead asked Tony Peluso, whose band Instant Joy had supported the Carpenters on an earlier tour.

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In 1974, the Carpenters achieved a significant international hit with an up-tempo remake of Hank Williams's "Jambalaya ".

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The Carpenters finally decided to release their original two years after its original album release and some months after Maureen McGovern's 1973 cover.

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In 1975, the Carpenters had a hit with a remake of the Marvelettes' chart-topping 1961 single, "Please Mr Postman".

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The Carpenters toured with Sedaka during 1975, but critics found the latter's performances to be more professional and entertaining.

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The Carpenters decided to take the rest of the year off to relax and rehabilitate.

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The Carpenters's decided not to record Temperton's "Off the Wall" and "Rock with You", which later became hits for Jackson.

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The Carpenters was unimpressed with Levenkron's treatment of Karen, considering it worthless.

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The Carpenters continues to make concert appearances, including fundraising efforts for the Carpenter Center.

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The Carpenters were among hundreds of artists whose material was destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

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The Carpenters has credited Judd Conlon as a key influence on his vocal arranging.

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The Carpenters later said "if you don't have the right arrangement for that song, the singer's going nowhere and neither is the song".

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The Carpenters scored bass lines that he knew Joe Osborn would enjoy playing and fit his style.

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The Carpenters played the grand piano, Hammond organ, synthesizer and the harpsichord.

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The Carpenters's was known as a "one take wonder" and could deliver a strong performance on the first attempt.

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The Carpenters said that promotional photographs made them resemble "the cheery innocence of some years-past dream of California youth", and they appeared to the public to be more conservative than they actually were.

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The Carpenters released ten albums during their active career, of which five contained two or more top 20 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 .

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