Carpenters’ 'Passage' was a victim of timing. Released in October 1977 when the world was going punk, Carpenters still made the plushest pop.
Get in the holiday spirit with this classic Christmas playlist featuring Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Peggy Lee & many more.
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.
50 years ago, A&M Records co-founder Herb Alpert sent Richard and Karen Carpenter a personal message that had far greater meaning than just a few words on the page...
‘Goodbye To Love’ by the Carpenters is the original power ballad. It became the template for countless other ballads that followed.
The album included some fine later-period Carpenters moments and, as always, those incredible Richard & Karen harmonies.
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.
‘Herb Alpert Is…’ features Questlove, Sting, Quincy Jones and a host of other influential artists and producers discussing the legacy and continued philanthropic work of the cultural icon.
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.
In a world of glitter, glam, prog, rock and myriad styles of music, Carpenters followed their own musical mantra, one where harmony, love of the old songs and melody reigned supreme.
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.