15 May 1971 was a bright day for Carpenters when their single ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’ was the highest new entry of the week on the Hot 100.
From the 20-year rule to stylistic homage and outright appropriation, nostalgia has always played a part in musical evolution, with even the most forward-thinking music looking to the past for inspiration.
Following the phenomenal success their album Close to You, Richard and Karen Carpenter notched another No.2 album with their self-titled album Carpenters.
Motown Records was a huge inspiration for The Beatles in their early days, but the influence ran both ways, as the best Motown Beatles covers reveal.
Released on 13 April 1974, 'I Won’t Last A Day Without You', was the Carpneters' 14th single to make the Billboard Hot 100.
'Ticket to Ride' is the least well known of all the Carpenters' albums, but it is pure gold, full of wonderful harmonies and great songs.
From the first flushes of romance, to heartbreak, loss and lust, the love song puts emotions to words – and music – remaining a core part of our lives.
Dragon was a frequent collaborator with the Beach Boys before joining forces with Toni Tennille.
The great musician is said to have played on over 200 top 40 hits, including 'Bridge Over Troubled Water,' 'Close To You' and 'MacArthur Park.'
Perfect for the holiday season, Carpenters’ ‘Christmas Portrait’ is a timeless record that only gets better with each passing holiday.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, with Richard Carpenter himself at the helm, the Carpenters orchestral album make the duo’s classic songs richer.
Often pigeon-holed as AOR, Carpenters were actually musical mavericks, thanks to Richard Carpenter’s forward-thinking arrangements and Karen’s unique voice.
Family bands have provided some of the greatest popular music of the past 100 years. As Sister Sledge once sang: “We are family. Get up everybody and sing.”
Lady Gaga goes pocket-sized while Carpenters go bigger than ever in the best pop music gifts this holiday season has to offer.
With the upcoming 'Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra', Richard Carpenter tells uDiscover the origin story of '(They Long To Be) Close To You'.