• Two exciting new Carpenters releases are in the pipeline! The new book Carpenters: The Musical Legacy will be available on November 16, 2021 and can be ordered here. A big thanks to the authors and Richard Carpenter for their tremendous effort in compiling this book! Also, the new solo piano album Richard Carpenter's Piano Songbook is being released January 14, 2022, and is available for ordering here.

RICHARD TIMELINE PART 2 1990 > 2004 .....

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As Richard celebrates his 58th birthday this week ....perhaps into the weekend with family & friends ... :wink: -here is timeline part 2 overview of his later years / work & events ....:cool:

1990-Planned 2nd Solo Album postponed as Richard's family & Carpenters projects take priority.... :laugh:

Spring 1990 -UK compiliation "their Greatest Hits "(later retitled Only Yesterday) storms to #1 album for 7 weeks -huge new audience / younger fans made aware of Carpenters legacy & music catalog :D

Summer 1990 -Richard plus long term engineer -Roger Young -commence work on planned 4 CD Box Set with rarities unearthed , some re-recordings work & many remixes of Carpenters classics :o

May 1991 -Richard completes mixing / mastering on now titled "From The Top" Box Set -however several planned inclusions such as Karen / Ella Fitzgerald are omitted due to copyright / clearance problems.Title is from musical term ....Once More From The Top ...for musicians / orchestras :tongue:

October 1991 -From The Top released in USA , Japan & UK plus other markets at later dates.

December 1991-Richard Guests / Plays with old A&M mentor Herb Alpert at Christmas concerts on several seasonal favourites :cool:

July 1992 -Birth of 3rd Daughter -Mindi Karen -aptly named as she is closest in personality to Aunt -Karen :laugh:

Autumn 1992 -Richard & family leave Lubec Downey House -relocate to larger personally designed Downey House with unusual California feature of cellars , plus Mini-Studio , Carpenters Library & Music archive :shock:

Christmas 1992-USA Time Life TV Advertised CD of Carpenters Christmas Songs heavily promoted -set contains several remixes :cool:

1993 -Richard undertakes difficult task of marking 10th Anniversary since Karen's untimely death with series of Radio & TV interviews -decides against releasing any new / unissued Carpenters material :sad:

Autumn 1993 -USA Time Life TV advertised CD of Carpenters Greatest Hits :|

Spring 1994 -Richard back at A&M Studios to Guest on A&M Tribute Album ..." If I Were A Carpenter " on Carpenters favourite -"Let Me Be The One " with Vocalist Matthew Sweet plus work on Themed Carpenters compiliation "Interpretations " with several unissued tracks included :cool:

Summer 1994 -Richard Guests on John Bettis / Steve Dorff Musical Soundtrack "Lunch" with Orchestral instrumental -Lunch Concerto ... :o

July 1994-Birth of only son -Colin Paul Carpenter (4th child) :laugh:

October 1994 -Release of Interpretations in UK / Europe (Japan later 1994 & USA 16 Track set February 1995) -highlight is previously believed lost 1975 Horizon Out-take "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again" -discovered in 1991 on one of many master tapes....:cool:

October 1st 1994 -Inugural Celebration Concert at Carpenter Performing Arts Center , Long Beach University with Richard finale plus many guests -Herb Alpert , Rita Coolridge , Red Kross (from Tribute Album ) & more :D

November 1995 -Japanese Release 22 Hits of Carpenters -sparks another huge Carpenters revival for new audiences.Sales of over 4 Million and climbing are confirmed.Japanese TV series selects Top Of The World & Carpenter favourite I Need To Be In Love as featured songs -both chart in Japanese Top 10 Singles Charts :laugh:

February 1996-Richard plus Orchestra & other guests perform Classical Concert at Long Beach CPAC :o

Summer / Autumn 1996 -Richard Recording new Solo Album at Hollywood's legendary Capitol Studios :cool:

October 1996 -After 16 year delay -Karen Carpenter Solo Album is released with Richard intro notes -to fans shock & delight :shock:

November 1996-Agnes Carpenter death at 81 after complications with heart & other organ operations -Famous Family House on Newville Avenue sold within the year to new owners :)

December 1996 -Richard plus musicians perform in Solo Japanese TV
Special :o

February 1997-Richard performs 2 CPAC Solo Concerts with revamped stage show and large film screens featuring Karen & Carpenters classics :cool: plus Karen's Theme LIVE as one highlight :cool:

March 1997 -Richard Solo Tour of Japan -Sell Outs -plus return to Budokan Tokyo Venue :laugh:

March 1997 -Richard Solo Instrumental Album "PACC" released :D

Autumn 1997 -Richard guests on Paul Williams' updated version of I Won't Last A Day Without You " for latter's new Album :o

Spring 1998 -Richard cancels plans for USA / Worldwide Concert Tour :shock:

September 1998-Richard performs CPAC Concert plus attends Fans Reception :o

December 1998-Birth of 4th Daughter Taylor (5th child) :laugh:

1999- Richard works on planned new Carpenters Rarities Album :cool:

July 1999 -Surprise Guest at Fans Downey Convention with wife Mary :shock:

March 2000-Carpenter Exhibit at CPAC Opening Event -Richard plus Carpenters Associates and invited guests :cool:

August 2000 -Richard & Family leave Downey with Relocation to new community -Thousand Oaks -North Los Angeles :shock:

November 2000-Richard Composer / Producer for 2 new Christmas Songs on Japanese Matsuda Album :o

2001 -Richard Commences Writing / Arranging new songs for planned Solo Christmas Album :cool:

May 2001 -Richard Guests on Petula Clark "A Sign Of The Times " PBS Concert TV Special (later CD / DVD & Video) -Broadcast December 2001 onwards :D

January 2002 -Richard Guests with Petula Clark at CPAC Concert plus Fans Reception :cool:

April 2002 -Richard / Petula Recording "All Those Years Ago " issued on top 20 UK album -Ultimate Collection :tongue:

March 2003- Top Of The World Benefit at CPAC for 300 Fans & supporters of Carpenter Center :cool:

March 2004 -TOTW 2 Benefit at CPAC :laugh:

2004 -On-going Recording on Richard Solo Christmas Album -with several guest lead vocalists ....release due in 2005 /2006 :wink:

October 2004 -Richard plus Comedian Bob Newhart perform at Special 10th Anniversary CPAC Celebration Concert :cool:

October 15th 2004-Richard Celebrates 58th Birthday .....

....This is an overview of Richard's recent timeline ....many other events have taken place -too many to list ..... :tongue:

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