I Know My First Name Is Stephen
I've often wondered just how very different (and better) the Carpenters' harmony (and overall sound) would have been if Leslie Johnston (or someone else with decent vocal talent) had decided to join them in the beginning and had ended up singing along on most of the choruses where Karen double tracked herself...
Richard did actually employ other established and well respected female vocalists to add to their sound over the years: Maxine Willard-Waters, Carolyn Dennis, Julia Tillman and Carlene Williams being the main ones. The jewel in the backing vocalist crown however was Siedah Garrett, who made an amazing contribution and difference to their sound on the very underrated track “Kiss Me The Way You Did Last Night”. I wish they’d used her more on Made In America and that more people could hear this song. I’ve often wanted to hear about her experience of working with Richard, and whether her vocal was added in 1980 or 1989. My money’s on the latter - she was a recognised name in the industry by then thanks to her work with Michael Jackson on the Bad album.
[Moderator: Moved these Siedah Garrett posts to their own thread as it didn't really belong in the KIND OF HUSH thread.}
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