Inspiring covers by everyone from The Beatles to Carpenters, The Marvelettes’ ‘Please Mr. Postman’ song put Motown on the map as a true cultural force.
Yuletide classics by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Paul McCartney and Chuck Berry… the best Christmas songs of all time are the gifts that keep on giving.
The album included some fine later-period Carpenters moments and, as always, those incredible Richard & Karen harmonies.
From the 20-year rule to stylistic homage and outright appropriation, nostalgia has always played a part in musical evolution.
‘Carpenters: The Musical Legacy’ will be released on October 19.
May 15 was a bright day for Carpenters in 1971 when their single ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’ was the highest new entry of the week on the Hot 100.
The duo’s self-titled third album is a superb piece of work, with hand-picked covers and equally striking originals.
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.
You may not know they exist, but the best music arrangers can lift a song to new heights, making all the difference to whether it’s a hit or not.
Released on April 13, 1974, 'I Won’t Last A Day Without You,' was the Carpenters' 14th single to make the Billboard Hot 100.
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.
The King Of Rock’n’Roll made many definitive recordings, but there are a number of surprising Elvis Presley covers of songs not often associated with him.
Perfect for the holiday season, Carpenters’ ‘Christmas Portrait’ is a timeless record that only gets better with each passing holiday.
Often pigeon-holed as AOR, Carpenters were actually musical mavericks, thanks to Richard Carpenter’s forward-thinking arrangements and Karen’s unique voice.
'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.