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Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by ullalume, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Brian

    Brian Active Member

    Good points, Yamaguchi.

    As a boy, I idolised Richard. Even with no TV in my life and no access to music magazines, I was well aware that he was the songwriter, arranger, producer and keyboardist, (I read every word on the record covers, jackets and labels), and admired him greatly for his talents.

    However, I also idolised Karen. I loved the fact that she played the drums and had heard on the radio that she was a
    'Tom-boy', as they put it, which I liked. I liked the fact that Richard and Karen were close as brother and sister.

    The over-riding thing that drew me in, though, was their sound. I loved their harmonies, Richard's classically-influenced arrangements, his focus on the keyboards and, more than anything , Karen's voice. My fascination with their sound built up hearing them on the radio when I was seven, eight and nine and at the age of ten, I asked my Mum if she could buy my first Carpenters single for Christmas.
     
  2. I grew up the middle child in a family of five kids, plus mom and dad. Like millions of other "large" families, my siblings and I were naturally attracted to other "family" groups and TV shows of that era because we felt we "related" to them. Musically speaking, we "dug" the Osmonds, the Partridges, the Jacksons and, of course, the Carpenters!
     
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  3. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    A nod to Karen Carpenter....
    Do Rainy Days Really Get You Down?
    "If you've ever been moved by the late Karen Carpenter's plaintive vocal in the Carpenters' "Rainy Days and Mondays,"
    it may have something to do with the powerful association in our collective imagination between rainfall and melancholy. Dark, cloudy skies and the drumbeat of raindrops on our windows tend to make people feel sad and forlorn, or at least that's what we have come to assume. The only consolation is that the sun will come out again and lift our bleak mood."

    Source:
    Do Rainy Days Really Get You Down?
     
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  4. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Paul Williams:
    "I would often write for specific artists," recalls Paul, "but the songs didn't always end up where I intended.
    For example, I originally wrote 'Old Fashioned Love Song' for the Carpenters.
    It poured out of me in about 20 minutes, and I raced over to play it for Richard.
    But he didn't even listen to it all the way through before saying, 'nope, not interested,'
    so it wound up being a hit for Three Dog Night."
    Source:
    PAUL WILLIAMS - OF CARPENTERS, COUNTRY AND KERMIT
     
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  5. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Interesting...You have two mega hits written by this songwriter that brings you another song written with you in mind, and suddenly you turn him down. You would think he would've been grateful (Richard) and recorded it just out of respect. Strange dynamic.
     
  6. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    I hope there's more to that story. Otherwise, it seems a bit rude.
     
  7. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Richard Carpenter (2017):
    “Karen was a true, an honest-to-God singer.
    Before any auto-tuning, or anything else, that’s us.
    And, so, really, especially Karen’s voice.
    But the whole Carpenters sound is, I hope, appreciated for just how marvellous it is.”

    Source:
    Carpenters return with vinyl remasters of hit albums
     
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  8. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    ^^ I think he summed it up pretty well.
     
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  9. I noticed The Carpenters' page on Wikipedia was "corrected" to read: "They have sold more than 90 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time." For a long time, I think it had read, "more than 100 million records". Does anyone know which is more accurate or why the text was corrected?
     
  10. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

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  11. adam

    adam Active Member

    The Carpenters have sold around 150 million units worldwide
     
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  12. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Another sales figure, presumably Universal Music Group Press:
    "....it’s possible to see that Carpenters were musical mavericks:
    not least for selling 150 million “soft vocal” records in an era when rock,
    punk, prog rock and heavy metal were supposed to rule music...."
    Source:
    Why Carpenters Were Cooler Than You Think
     
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