Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell’s evocative 1969 composition had history even before the Carpenters recorded their version.
Despite the departure of Dave Mason, Traffic were a band again, returning in 1970 with an acclaimed fourth LP.
Written by Neil Sedaka and Phil Cody, ‘Solitaire’ is one of those much-covered songs, but the Carpenters' version for their album Horizon might be the best.
Their sixth LP included such signature songs as 'Please Mr. Postman,' 'Only Yesterday' and 'Solitaire.'
In July 1970, the seven-year-old Burt Bacharach & Hal David song 'Close To You' gave the siblings their first US No. 1.
The duo's place in the pop firmament was so assured that they could approach their fourth album as a broad-based concept record.
Following the phenomenal success their album Close to You, Richard and Karen Carpenter notched another No.2 album with their self-titled album Carpenters.
The sibling duo brilliantly combined the past and the present with their fifth album, ‘Now & Then.'
A small selection from the stunning archives of a truly great record label.
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.
'I Just Fall In Love Again,' from the Carpenters' 'Passage' album, was also recorded by Dusty and then by the Canadian star.
A special playlist to celebrate the masterful song craft and recording brilliance of Richard and Karen Carpenter.
As the third single from 'Passage' was released, 18 February 1978 brought Richard and Karen's one appearance on the country chart.
Thirteen years after the Marvelettes' original, Richard and Karen Carpenter's cover of 'Please Mr. Postman' became their third US No. 1.