The duo's place in the pop firmament was so assured that they could approach their fourth album as a broad-based concept record.
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.
Whether they supported each other or had epic falling outs, here are some of our favourite musical sibling groups that have forged music history together.
A special playlist to celebrate the masterful song craft and recording brilliance of Richard and Karen Carpenter.
Combining groove with a sense of songcraft, drummers are the driving force of any group. Here we present the best female drummers of all time.
As the third single from 'Passage' was released, 18 February 1978 brought Richard and Karen's one appearance on the country chart.
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.
Nearly seven years after Karen Carpenter's death, the group's devotees were able to hear a whole disc of unreleased material, on the album 'Lovelines.'
Greatest hits collections are very often big sellers, and for obvious reasons, but few have been as successful as the Carpenters’ The Singles 1969–1973.
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.
Carpenters’ 'Passage' album was a victim of its own timing. Released in October 1977 when the world was going punk, Carpenters still made the plushest pop.
Released in October 1983, Carpenters’ ’Voice Of The Heart’ is a posthumous release that captured the deep beauty in Karen Carpenter’s voice.
Just how did Karen and Richard Carpenter get involved with the ‘International Flying Saucer Bureau’?