The Carpenters

American vocal duo

The Carpenters were an American musical duo. The members were Richard Carpenter and his sister Karen. Starting in 1969, the duo had many popular songs including "We've Only Just Begun", "Close to You", "Sing", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" and others. They continued until Karen's death in 1983 of bulimia in Downey, California. They sold over 100 million albums.

Karen and Richard Carpenter, at the White House on August 1, 1972.
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California,
United States
GenresPop, soft rock, adult contemporary
Years active1969–1983
Past member(s)Karen Carpenter
Richard Carpenter


  • Offering/Ticket to Ride (1969)
  • Close to You (1970)
  • Carpenters (1971)
  • A Song for You (1972)
  • Now & Then (1973)
  • Horizon (1975)
  • A Kind of Hush (1976)
  • Passage (1977)
  • Christmas Portrait (1978)
  • Made in America (1981)

Posthumous releases

  • Voice of the Heart (1983)
  • An Old-Fashioned Christmas (1984)
  • Lovelines (1989)
  • As Time Goes By (2004)

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