The Carpenters is a sister and brother duo consisting of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter. They were born 4 years apart in New Haven, Connecticut. Richard the elder of the two was born in October 15 1946, while Karen Anne was born on March 2 1950. Their parents were Harold and Agnes Carpenter.
The family moved to Downey, a LA suburb in California. The following year, Richard enrolled California State University, Long Beach where he was to meet his future song writer and partner John Bettis. Meanwhile in that same year, Karen enrolled at Downey High School. There she found her interest in drums.
In 1965, they formed a jazz trio with friend Wes Jacobs playing the bass and tuba. The Richard Carpenter Trio stayed together for a few years performing and recording several albums under RCA Records. In 1967, the siblings teamed up with four other student musicians from Long Beach State to form a band called “Spectrum”.
Specturm was disbanded after a year and finally Richard and Karen Carpenter signed up with A&M Records on April 22 1969 as a duo using their first name “Carpenters”.
The Carpenters eventually went on to record many chart toppers with record-breaking run of hit recordings on the American Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts.
This American duo’s career spanned for 14 years and along the way, The Carpenters recorded 11 albums, thirty-one singles and five television specials. Their career ended tragically with Karen’s death in 1983 from cardiac arrest following complications of anorexia nervosa.