Karen Carpenter

Singer + Musician
Born Mar 2, 1950

Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo The Carpenters. She was a drummer of exceptional skill, but she is best remembered for her vocal performances of idealistic romantic ballads of true love. The Carpenters signature song is "We've Only Just Begun" which remains a popular wedding ballad.… Read More

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1950 Birth Born on March 2, 1950.


1965 15 Years Old 1 More Event
She and her brother made their first recordings in 1965 and 1966. … Read More
1969 19 Years Old Finally A&M Records signed the Carpenters to a recording contract in 1969. … Read More


1971 21 Years Old …  In September and October of 1971, two years after the Carpenters' debut album, she and her brother bought two apartment buildings in Downey as a financial investment. … Read More
1973 23 Years Old After the release of Now & Then in 1973, the albums tended to have Carpenter singing more and drumming less. … Read More
1976 26 Years Old 1 More Event
The Carpenters' Very First TV Special aired December 8, 1976. … Read More


1980 30 Years Old Carpenter dated a number of well-known men, including Mike Curb, Tony Danza, Terry Ellis, Mark Harmon, Steve Martin, and Alan Osmond. After a whirlwind romance, she married real-estate developer Thomas James Burris on August 31, 1980, in the Crystal Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel. … Read More
1981 31 Years Old 1 More Event
A new song performed by Carpenter at the ceremony, "Because We Are in Love", was released in 1981. … Read More
"Now", recorded in April 1982, was the last song Carpenter recorded. … Read More
On January 11, 1983, Karen made her last public appearance at a photocall of past Grammy Award winners to celebrate the award's 25th anniversary. … Read More
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