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Time for Some Love for Richard!

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Jamesj75, May 25, 2015.

  1. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    I thought he was a cool guy when I met him in Las Vegas backstage at the Riviera in 1976.
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  2. Jamesj75

    Jamesj75 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    After doing the math... :hmmm:

    @GaryAlan, great to hear your remembrances from that event, also attended by me. (I believe reading that @Harry was there, too. And maybe others?) I also remember meeting Richard and getting a nice handshake, and I was so nervous and stuttering my words of admiration. I remember being shocked by the sight of Richard smoking a cigarette! Scandalous, I know... :) But he was definitely gracious. I enjoyed the concert and, like you, treasure the meeting...
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  3. Hey! I was there too! Agnes, Harold, and Mary were also there. I remember chatting with all of them!
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    WYBIMLA Active Member

    It's easy to forget that many artists go into the music business and only end up with maybe a hit or two.
    The Carpenters are no exception to the kind of animal the industry is. They almost didn't make it if it weren't for A&M.
    A lot of their success had to do with Richard. On the technical side of things his productions are superb quality.
    Nothing else like it. I would agree he's in line with Brain Wilson. The creation of the Carpenters sound really sold it.
    You had all the ingredients there for a really great act. It was right time, right place and they took to it immediately.
    Like they didn't stammer around, hold up production, disagree too much; they went with it. For those golden years of the early 70s, what great memories.
    Obviously, it was what they were both meant to do. Really a dynamic duo, but of course I'm a bit bias. Lol
    Being listed among one of the best selling artists is an achievement. I imagine it's not easy to tap into a wide audience like they did let alone have had longevity and still sound great after years of doing it.
    As much as conversations devolved into being angry at Richard for whatever reason... I have a lot of respect for him.
    I can get why he labeled his instrumental album the way he did. It's all true.
    Also, I agree with the title of this thread.
    If I knew an updated email address where I could send him a letter or his secretary I would.
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  5. Jamesj75

    Jamesj75 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Today I was talking with a friend about Carpenters and decided to go through my memorabilia/clippings, etc.

    With regard to that July 1985 EPCOT appearance by Richard, I came across a picture I took that night of Richard addressing the crowd during his performance at the America Gardens Theatre: Here it is!

    Richard Carpenter at EPCOT.jpg
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  6. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    ^^ THANK YOU for this! I was just Googling looking for an image of his appearance there.
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  7. Murray

    Murray Well-Known Member

    I did a little fade correction on your photo. Hope you don't mind James.

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  8. Jamesj75

    Jamesj75 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Thanks Murray! It looks much, much better!

    Now, can you do a fade correction on my memory? :)
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  9. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    Just listening to "Time". I'm surprised how strong Side One is.
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  10. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    From Japan...A 'new' one for me....heartbreaking....
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  11. Portlander

    Portlander Member

    Fascinating clip during a period when Richard was trying to reinvent his career in the mid 90's without Karen, thanks Gary!
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  12. newvillefan

    newvillefan Well-Known Member

    I loved this, thanks so much for posting. We got a rare glimpse inside the car warehouse toward the end which was great.
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  13. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    Here is one, nice to read of Richard's generous philanthropy:
    Thousand Oaks' Richard Carpenter to be honored by USC
    "...Carpenter, a Thousand Oaks resident, is the honored artist.
    Carpenter said he won't be performing at the event, but USC music school students will perform their interpretations of several songs from the Carpenters as well as Richard Carpenter's new song, "Together at Christmas Again."
    "It's a newer song, and I'm going in to record it," Carpenter said in an interview...
    " The couple contributed to the newly renovated Carpenter Family Theatre last year at Westlake High School,
    where three of their five children have attended.
    Their $1 million donation helped get the $4 million renovation completed.
    "That turned out really well. It's a beautiful facility," Carpenter said.
    He and his wife also have supported the music and performance program at Westlake High
    by buying sound equipment and securing a Yamaha grand piano.
    In addition, the Carpenters supported the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and the Alliance for the Arts.
    A three-acre park there was named for the family following a $3 million donation.
    Richard Carpenter also supported the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSU Long Beach,
    which was built in 1994."

    Thousand Oaks' Richard Carpenter to be honored by USC
    Carpenter Family Theatre opens at WHS
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