Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Jamesj75, May 25, 2015.
I thought he was a cool guy when I met him in Las Vegas backstage at the Riviera in 1976.
After doing the math...
@GaryAlan, great to hear your remembrances from that event, also attended by me. (I believe reading that @Harry was there, too. And maybe others?) I also remember meeting Richard and getting a nice handshake, and I was so nervous and stuttering my words of admiration. I remember being shocked by the sight of Richard smoking a cigarette! Scandalous, I know... But he was definitely gracious. I enjoyed the concert and, like you, treasure the meeting...
Hey! I was there too! Agnes, Harold, and Mary were also there. I remember chatting with all of them!
It's easy to forget that many artists go into the music business and only end up with maybe a hit or two.
The Carpenters are no exception to the kind of animal the industry is. They almost didn't make it if it weren't for A&M.
A lot of their success had to do with Richard. On the technical side of things his productions are superb quality.
Nothing else like it. I would agree he's in line with Brain Wilson. The creation of the Carpenters sound really sold it.
You had all the ingredients there for a really great act. It was right time, right place and they took to it immediately.
Like they didn't stammer around, hold up production, disagree too much; they went with it. For those golden years of the early 70s, what great memories.
Obviously, it was what they were both meant to do. Really a dynamic duo, but of course I'm a bit bias. Lol
Being listed among one of the best selling artists is an achievement. I imagine it's not easy to tap into a wide audience like they did let alone have had longevity and still sound great after years of doing it.
As much as conversations devolved into being angry at Richard for whatever reason... I have a lot of respect for him.
I can get why he labeled his instrumental album the way he did. It's all true.
Also, I agree with the title of this thread.
If I knew an updated email address where I could send him a letter or his secretary I would.
Today I was talking with a friend about Carpenters and decided to go through my memorabilia/clippings, etc.
With regard to that July 1985 EPCOT appearance by Richard, I came across a picture I took that night of Richard addressing the crowd during his performance at the America Gardens Theatre: Here it is!
^^ THANK YOU for this! I was just Googling looking for an image of his appearance there.
I did a little fade correction on your photo. Hope you don't mind James.
Thanks Murray! It looks much, much better!
Now, can you do a fade correction on my memory?