After a decade of hard work, the Los Angeles native was on her way, as the 'Mistaken Identity' album followed 'Bette Davis Eyes' to the US chart summit.
The album included some fine later-period Carpenters moments and, as always, those incredible Richard & Karen harmonies.
After initial top ten hits written by Jagger/Richards and by Jackie DeShannon, the teenage pop star's next success came with a John D. Loudermilk song.
When the 24th annual Grammy Awards were held on 24 February 1982, it was a night of triumph for the singer-songwriter.
The Crickets' version of 'Oh, Boy!' was one half of a definitive single of the era, backed by 'Not Fade Away.'