Monday, April 01, 2013

The Carpenters - Voice Your Choice

The Carpenters, A&M Records recording artists, were a brother-sister duo who were originally from New Haven, Connecticut. Richard was born October 15, 1946 and Karen was born March 2, 1950.  Sadly Karen died on February 4, 1983 age the very young age of 32. I was Vice-President Artist & Repertoire with A&M Records at the time of Karen's passing. It was a very sad day for everyone at the company and our hearts went out to Richard and his family. I fondly recall receiving Christmas cards from Karen and Richard. That was great.

They moved to Downey, California in 1963 and were a very musical brother-sister duo. Richard played piano and Karen played drums with bass player Wes Jacobs in 1965. They recorded for RCA Records in 1966 without success. The year following their signing with A&M Records in 1969 as a duo, they won the 1970 Best New Artist Grammy Award.

During their twelve year run on the charts, they had 4 Number Ones, 13 Top Ten Hits, and received 10 Gold Records. Quite a run!

This week on  Treasure Island Oldies, Voice Your Choice presents The Carpenters. Vote now at the Voice Your Choice Page for either Goodbye To Love or We've Only Just Begun, both Top Five smash hits. I'll play the winning song in the 3rd hour on next week's show.