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


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 signed with A&M Records on April 22, 1969. "Let's hope we have some hits," Herb Alpert told the two. … Read More


1978 31 Years Old …  In 1978, the Carpenters stopped touring and in 1979 Richard went into treatment to cure his dependency on this drug." … Read More
1979 32 Years Old Still, all of this had been a monumental change for Richard and he decided it was wise not to delve right back into work, and to pretty much take the rest of 1979 off; all the better to get accustomed to his changed fortunes."
1983 36 Years Old On October 12, 1983, eight months after Karen's death, the Carpenter family celebrated the unveiling of the Carpenters' new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. … Read More
1985 38 Years Old On June 26, 1985, he started recording the solo album Time and finished it on July 5, 1987. … Read More


1995 48 Years Old He released the DVDs Gold: Greatest Hits (2002), a repackaging of the VHS/Betamax Yesterday Once More (released in 1985, shortly after Karen's death in 1983) that contains all the videos from Yesterday Once More, and Interpretations (2003), which updates the original, VHS/cassette tape released in 1995 and includes footage from the Carpenters' five TV specials and TV series from 1971–1980. … Read More


2008 61 Years Old On his 62nd birthday in October 2008, at a luncheon for The Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, Carpenter announced plans for "his career comeback – dubbed 'Richard Carpenter Strikes Back'"—which included "the re-release of a Carpenters Christmas album and a tribute album featuring cover versions of Carpenters songs." … Read More
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