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The Carpenters on The Bob Hope Special

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Sheena, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Sheena

    Sheena Active Member Thread Starter

    I've never seen the full 73 special, where they also perform Top of the World and Karen is wearing a jacket over the dress. They also have fun banter with Bob prior.

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  2. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    The TOTW spot has been one of the long lost video recordings not seen up until now...great to see...I have to give props to Karen out front and not even a microphone to hold. Nice performance!!
  3. theninjarabbit

    theninjarabbit Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much for sharing :D
  4. ars nova

    ars nova Active Member

    I had completely forgotten about that peacock !
  5. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Active Member

    You sure that's a dress she's wearing? To me it looks like some very baggy pants. I wonder where the person got the video. The quality looked very good; was it recently rebroadcast?
  6. Sheena

    Sheena Active Member Thread Starter

    All of Karen's dresses in the early days had a split down the middle, make it easier for drumming.
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  7. I think they were called culottes, back in the day. I loved the huge promotional replica of the then-new "Singles" album!!
  8. Murray

    Murray Well-Known Member

    Wow, that's something I never thought I'd get to see! Thanks for bringing it to our attention Sheena! :)
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  9. Sheena

    Sheena Active Member Thread Starter

    Wasn't the Singles the best selling album for them in their whole career??
  10. Sheena

    Sheena Active Member Thread Starter

    This and the Holland show being uploaded to YT, makes me wonder what else is out their the general public hasn't seen since the 70's. I'd love to see Robert Young with the Young where they make an appearance.
  11. Chris Mills

    Chris Mills Well-Known Member

    Enjoyed this clip so much, thanks for bringing this gem to our attention.
  12. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    Ah that was absolutely lovely to watch! It's always a privilege to come across footage I've never seen, especially nowadays when we've pretty much seen everything there is to see. The video of Karen singing Top Of The World was a lovely, unexpected treat. You tend to forget just how big and unstoppable they were in their heyday. Just great. Thanks so much for posting this rare gem.
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  13. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    I agree!! I saw saw some phrasing in Top Of the World that I never quite caught before. It made it feel like the first time.
  14. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Thanks for this !
    Wonder why it is not included on any extant dvd ?
  15. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    ^^Given that We've Only Just Begun is on the Yesterday Once More VHS/DVD, later Gold,
    it is curious to me that Top Of The World is nowhere to be found...
    Heaven knows how many 'rare' items are 'out there' .
    Always a treat to see something 'new'....
  16. Chris Mills

    Chris Mills Well-Known Member

    Can someone elaborate on the heron with the nasty disposition, just love Karen and her interpretation of this heron! Karen imatating a heron, just for that moment in time, we get to see the comic side of Karen, it’s magic.
  17. It's a "herring with a nasty disposition" living in their alleged moat, rather than an alligator.
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  18. Chris Mills

    Chris Mills Well-Known Member

    Richard.....I’ve got one secret, you’ve got to have a sister that plays the drums.
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  19. Chris Mills

    Chris Mills Well-Known Member

    Really going off topic now. Karen looks as though she is flapping her arms as a heron would flap it’s wings, so what did this posture signify, surely not a herring.
  20. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    On the carefully produced video/DVD, Top Of The World was already covered by their performance on the 1976 special, a few numbers in. Therefore it would have jarred with the opening number of Karen singing We've Only Just Begun, because the effect would have been 'Karen had the jacket off, now she's put it back on', which is what I thought seeing this clip. It's obvious for the Bob Hope special they recorded TOTW first.

    The scripted in-between jokes and banter are terrible, Richard looks as wooden as ever and Karen even struggles but does her best. Still, a joy to see this clip for the first time.
  21. Walkinat9

    Walkinat9 Active Member

    Wow, thanks so much for sharing Sheena, I didn't think I'd ever see this!! :D

    Karen's face after Richard's secret advice though :laugh:
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  22. Chris Mills

    Chris Mills Well-Known Member

    The real Karen surfaced too infrequently, a tomboy rebel that wanted to make the punters see her in a different light.
  23. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Well-Known Member

    The 69-73 album mural hanging in this video above looks a lot like this one that must have also been used on tour?

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  24. cam89

    cam89 Active Member

    Cynthia, I believe wore this during the Superstar number during the movie, as well as promo photos....palazzo pants!
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  25. Sue

    Sue Member

    Its a lovely clip, I looked for this after I read in one of the books(can't remember which one) that Karen was "horrified by her paunch" on the Bob Hope special and went on a diet resulting in dramatic weight loss and leading to her anorexia.
    I can see on the clip from the front what she was upset about as the outfit isn't very flattering but she looks quite slim in the outfit from the side. Such a shame she wasn't happy with her curves, although I think whoever advised her would have helped by suggesting different wadrobe choices on occasion.
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