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Anne Murray and Karen Carpenter...similarities...differences

cam89

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So I am a huge fan of Anne Murray...have grown up watching her specials and hearing her on Canadian radio...

I know she was on Make Your Own Kind of Music...also her idol Dusty Springfield was on the show too....and Anne, Dusty and Karen all cut I just Fall In Love Again as well....

She also sang a snippet of There's a Kind of Hush on a tv special with Dusty Springfield....

So if Dusty was on MYOKOM, did she interact with RC and KC...I know Karen was a fan...

And we know RC was a fan getting her to guest on Something in Your Eyes single....

Anyways, has anyone ever heard what Karen thought of Anne, or Richard thought of Anne...I have never seen an article where Anne talks about Karen, other than something about them always putting the same stuff out and that's why radio wouldn't play them, or something like that...

I love Anne's DANNY'S SONG and NOBODY LOVES ME LIKE YOU DO....Karen would have been a natural at that. Anne did cover Let Me Be The One....

So were both women contralto's? Like Anne could sing deep too but deeper than Karen? I always said that Anne sounded like an older cousin of Karen's and that Rita Coolidge was an older sister of Karen's in terms of vocal quality....

Another song Karen should have recorded was YOU NEEDED ME, a song tailored to her voice. I know she turned down You Light Up My life by Debby Boone....which turned out to be a monstrous blockbuster song! And Anne said that You Needed Me was passed to so many major artists that no one wanted....

Anyways my thoughts,
Cam
 

GDB2LV

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I love Anne Murray too. Great vocalist. Her version of “Fire and Rain” gives me chills. She hits the lowest part of her vocal register on that song. My favorite song by her is “Another Pot of Tea”. The key changes and use of the harp are beautiful. I was lucky enough to see her in concert 5 or 6 times over the years. She even gave me one of her famous yellow roses that she always handed out at the end of her concert, the last time I saw her perform. I was touched by her voice and sincerity. Her autobiography is a fun read. Her story about Dusty Springfield is quite amusing. That’s all I’ll say about that. She mentions Carpenters in her book “All of Me” a couple of times too. Just mainly about same event, or same song recording, nothing personal.
 
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