Karen and Richard Carpenter, at the White House on August 1, 1972.
|Origin||Los Angeles, California,
|Genres||Pop, soft rock, adult contemporary|
|Associated acts||The Richard Carpenter Trio|
The Carpenters were an American musical duo. The members were Richard Carpenter and his sister Karen. Starting in 1969, the duo had many popular songs including "We've Only Just begun", "Close to You", "Sing", "Rainy Days and Mondays" "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" and others.
Their career together ended in 1983 when Karen died from heart failure brought on by complications of anorexia. Extensive news coverage surrounding these circumstances increased public awareness of eating disorders.
Though the Carpenters were criticized for their clean-cut and wholesome conservative image in the 1970s, their music has since been re-evaluated, attracting critical acclaim and continued commercial success.
They sold over 100 million albums.
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