January of 1974. My cousin Darolyn was wearing out "The Singles" and I was mesmerized by the booklet. Then my parents gave me "Now & Then" for my birthday that April. From then on, I just could not get enough.
From then on, I just could not get enough.
I totally can relate Superstar i too Lived in a rural area too. And although i was fortunate there were afew record shops within 30-40 miles from where i lived. My funds were very limited too. But i share your joy that nowadays with the internet we are able to purchase our favorites ( which were only a dream to us back when we were kids) it looks like we are similar in age i saw the Karen Carpenter story on tv as well. And being already a listener it only further helped me appreciate Karen and Richard's music all the more.I got into the Carpenters about the time the "Karen Carpenter Story" debuted on TV. I was about 12-13 at the time and a commercial advertising it came on. My mom and grandma (as though I wasn't in the room), said, "I'll bet she'd like that Karen Carpenter, we should watch that." I took it upon myself to remember when it would be on and watch it - the rest is history. When people talk about how important original music is for a biopic, for me, it was paramount. If I'd have had the money, I would have gone out the next day and bought every album I could get my hands on (in cassette form, the media of the day). Alas, as a pre-teen, I didn't have that ability (otherwise known as no personal funds ). Also, living in a more rural area, about 12-15 years after they were popular, proved as limited (selection-wise) as my funds. It was a frustrating time. God bless the internet and a job that allows me to buy a music "treat" now and then. Thankfully, I think I've heard just about everything that was ever released, but like everyone else, wish there was more! I really like the idea of making a medley of unfinished stuff.
No voice affected me like Karen's, and I don't think another ever will.
Wow, I don't remember that Weekly Reader issue, and I was an avid reader. What a nice teacher. She must have been a fan.I had a 'Weekly Reader' magazine (remember those?) from school with The Carpenters on the front, and also our teacher gave us Carpenters book covers.