Karen Carpenter

Singer + Musician
Born Mar 2, 1950
Hometown City of New Haven
Died Feb 4, 1983
Death Place City of Downey
Other Names Carpenter, Karen ...

Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters, commonly called The Carpenters. She was a drummer whose skills earned her admiration from her peers, although she is most well known for her vocal performances of idealistic romantic ballads. Karen suffered from anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder of extreme weight loss dieting, which was a little-known illness at the time.… 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


1973 23 Years Old Carpenter started out as both the group's drummer and lead singer, and she originally sang all her vocals from behind the drum set. Because at 5 feet 4 inches tall it was difficult for people in the audience to see her behind her drum kit, she was eventually persuaded to stand at the microphone to sing the band's hits while another musician played the drums. (Former Disney Mouseketeer Cubby O'Brien served as the band's other drummer for many years.) 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 was Richard and Karen Carpenter's very first television 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 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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