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Richard Carpenter

Musician + Carpenter + Producer
Born Oct 15, 1946

Richard Lynn Carpenter is an American pop musician, best known as one half of the brother/sister duo The Carpenters, along with his sister Karen Carpenter. He was a producer, arranger, pianist and keyboardist, and occasional lyricist, as well as joining with Karen on harmony vocals.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on October 15, 1946.


1965 18 Years Old Carpenter created the Richard Carpenter Trio in 1965 with sister Karen and friend Wes Jacobs. … Read More
1966 19 Years Old In 1966, the Richard Carpenter Trio played "Iced Tea" and "The Girl from Ipanema" at the Hollywood Bowl Battle of the Bands. … Read More


1967 20 Years Old Around 1967, Richard and Karen joined four other student musicians from Long Beach State to form a sextet, Spectrum, consisting of: … Read More
1969 22 Years Old Richard and Karen finally signed with A&M Records on April 22, 1969. "Let's hope we have some hits," Herb Alpert told the two. … Read More


1979 32 Years Old …  He eventually sought treatment for his addiction at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, checking into the clinic in 1979 for an eight-week treatment program, which proved successful. … Read More
1984 37 Years Old In 1984, Richard married his first cousin Mary Rudolph (daughter of his mother's sister Bernice). … Read More
1985 38 Years Old He started recording a solo album on June 26, 1985, and finished the album on July 5, 1987. … Read More


1996 49 Years Old In 1996, at the suggestion of music writer Daniel Levitin, Carpenter recorded and released Richard Carpenter: Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor, which included reworkings of many Carpenters favorites, including hits and album tracks, and ends with "Karen's Theme", which Carpenter composed for the 1989 made for TV movie, The Karen Carpenter Story.
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