Richard Carpenter
Richard Carpenter
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.
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Remembering the Carpenters</em>: A My Music</em> Presentation and Paul Williams Interview, Plus a Christmas Chat with Plácido Domingo
Huffington Post - about 1 year
MY MUSIC PRESENTS CLOSE TO YOU: REMEMBERING THE CARPENTERS The TV presentation and DVD Close To You: Remembering the Carpenters is a poignant musical portrait of Richard Carpenter and his late sister Karen that airs on Public Television stations nationwide this Saturday, December 5th, with encore telecasts throughout the month. According to TJL Productions, Close To You..., which originally aired in 1997, returns by popular demand as part of TJL's long-running My Music series of fund-raising specials. Richard Carpenter guides viewers through the remarkable career that he and his sister enjoyed, starting in the late 1960s through Karen's passing in 1983. Friends and colleagues such as A&amp;M Records founder Herb Alpert, composers Burt Bacharach and Paul Williams, band members and fellow singing legend Petula Clark share their memories of the brother-sister duo that would become Billboard's most successful American single record artist of the 1970s. TJL chief TJ Lubinsky, wo ...
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Richard Carpenter Weighs In On How To Craft The Perfect Pop Song
NPR - over 1 year
In the '70s, Richard Carpenter and his sister, Karen, made up the pop duo the Carpenters. On Dec. 5, PBS will begin airing Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2009.
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I Have Great Taste, Dammit! (Just Don't Judge Me By the Music I'm Belting Out)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"Everyone thinks they have good taste and a sense of humor, but we can't all possibly have good taste!" -Nora Ephron Nora wrote gems like that. Some were used in movies while others were part of her column or books that she penned later in life. She was an absolute truth-teller. At her own expense and even when we didn't want to hear the truth, she entertained us all with her words. I adore her and cried when I heard of her passing. But I don't want to talk about that, I bring her up to tell you that I am one of those people who thinks they have great taste AND a sense of humor. No. I don't think it. I know it to be a certainty. I have great taste in decorating, fashion, friends, food, books, movies and music, to name a few. I take great pride in it, especially my taste in music. Hell, I even majored in Music in college! From classical to bluegrass and everything in between, I can bore you with details about it all. I can play "name that composer" on NPR with shocking accuracy. I ...
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Regina Weinreich: Herb Alpert's Déjà-Vu at the Café Carlyle
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
If "This Guy's in Love with You" means anything, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall's show at the Café Carlyle offers, in Alpert's words, "music that is very déjà-vu." Performing several decades worth of their hits and American songbook classics like "Close to You," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," this couple of 39 years, go through their signature repertoire sprinkled with anecdotes and back story, backed by a first-rate band: Bill Cantos on piano, Hussain Jiffry on bass, and Michael Shapiro on drums. And because the Carlyle is such an intimate room -(I enjoyed seeing it on this week's episode of Girls) -- Alpert likes to kibitz with the audience, asking for questions -- this is the ultimate in interactive, with one caveat, no requests. But that didn't stop first-nighters, including Regis and Joy Philbin and producer Tommy LiPuma and a fan all the way from Korea among them, from shouting out favorites anyway. "Rise," yelled one enthusiast, and they did. On ...
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Donnie Demers: How The Carpenters Fan Club Changed My Life
Huffington Post - about 4 years
A wise person once told me, "The past is a nice place to visit, but you don't want to live there." I understood what that meant, but frequent visits sure do go great with a quad espresso and a snowy Sunday morning. For many of us growing up in the 1970's, long before ADHD was the 'diagnosis du jour,' it wasn't uncommon for youngsters to belong to fan clubs. There were fan clubs for just about everything; your favorite recording artist, movie or television star, or even that chiseled athlete or voluptuous model. I seem to recall Mr. Peanut from the Planters Peanut brand even having a fan club! Fan clubs were often sanctioned by the objects of our affection (or their representatives) allowing us the unique ability to receive first hand information from those icons that we faithfully and unequivocally worshipped and supported. For me, it was The Carpenters fan club, more specifically, Karen Carpenter. It's difficult to imagine that on February 4, 2013, it will be thirty ...
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22-year-old man charged in Texas college shooting, authorities say
Fox News - about 4 years
A 22-year-old man has been charged in the shootings at a Houston-area community college campus that left him and two others wounded. A statement from the Harris County Sheriff's Office identifies the suspect as Carlton Berry. Spokesman Alan Bernstein says Berry is charged with aggravated assault but remains hospitalized with wounds suffered in the shooting. Bernstein said no other identities are available. Investigators say a fight between two people erupted in gunfire Tuesday at a Houston-area community college, catching a maintenance man in the crossfire and leaving students and others cowering in classrooms. No one was killed, but the volley of gunshots heard just before 1 p.m. sparked fear of another campus massacre less than a month after 26 people were killed at elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The shooting happened outside between an academic building and the library where Luis Resendiz, 22, was studying on the second floor. An employee called police and then h ...
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Lone Star College System receives NAACP Houston Branch's President's Award
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
Dr. Richard Carpenter and the Lone Star College System received the NAACP Houston Branch's President's Award on Friday, Oct. 26.
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LSC to partner with Brazil's Institute of Petroleum
Houston Chronicle - almost 5 years
Lone Star College System Chancellor Dr. Richard Carpenter and Houston Mayor Annise Parker have signed a memorandum of understanding in Brazil with the country's Institute of Petroleum for the third...
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Catweazle creator Richard Carpenter dies
Broadcast - almost 5 years
Richard “Kip” Carpenter, the Bafta-award winnning television screenwriter behind Catweazle and Robin of Sherwood, has died aged 78.
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Comment on It’s a girl: The three deadliest words in the world by Richard Carpenter
The Independent - about 5 years
Perhaps Western Civilization is not such a bad idea after all. Of course all societies have their faults. We kill babies before they are born and with little regard to sex.  Some cultures find even THAT practice repugnant.  They are called pro life.  It is easy to look down on the pro life community. Yes, they tend to be less educated, less wealthy, and less fun than the pro choice community. Perhaps this story will make it easier to understand how they feel.
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Lone Star College-Montgomery Welcomes Twelve New Faculty Members - The Paper Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery,
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Players line-up for mixed pairs final - Wellington Times
Google News - over 5 years
Last Wednesday 18 players did battle with Pat Cassidy and Richard Carpenter victorious. Runners-up Brian Charlton, Allan Manning. Michael Smith&#39;s hair cut not played-jackpot $60 this week, Charlie Morley won the raffle. Travelling bowlers meet Sunday
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Lone Star College-Tomball president named to national commission - The Paper Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
As president of LSC-Tomball for the past two years, Karr is also a member of LSCS Chancellor Dr. Richard Carpenter&#39;s Executive Council. She came to LSCS from Ouachita Technical College in Malvern, AR., where she had served as vice president of
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Google News - over 5 years
“This is a very satisfying affirmation for Lone Star College, but our real goal is creating an environment that values the needs and contributions of each individual,” said Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor. “When people enjoy where they work,
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Lone Star College again named as "Great College to Work For" - The Paper Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
“This is a very satisfying affirmation for Lone Star College, but our real goal is creating an environment that values the needs and contributions of each individual,” said Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor. “When people enjoy where they work,
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Council puts a hold on semi-detached home - Brantford Expositor
Google News - over 5 years
Richard Carpenter and Dave Wrobel asked that the rezoning of 137 Campbell St. be deferred for a month to allow for discussion with the developers, to address residents&#39; concerns. This comes after the community development committee -- minus Wrobel,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Carpenter
  • 2008
    Age 61
    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."
    More Details Hide Details The 43-minute film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987) was directed by Todd Haynes and was withdrawn from circulation in 1990, after Haynes lost a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Richard. The film's title is derived from The Carpenters' 1971 hit song, "Superstar." Over the years, it has developed into a cult film and is included in Entertainment Weeklys 2003 list of top 50 cult movies. Richard helped in the productions of the documentaries Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters (1997) and Only Yesterday: The Carpenters Story (2007). He funds an annual scholarship/talent show for people with artistic abilities that is held at the Thousand Oaks Civic Center. Richard used a wide range of keyboard instruments including grand piano, Hammond organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, ARP Odyssey, Fender Rhodes electric piano, harpsichord, celesta, synthesizer and tack piano. His favourite grand piano was Baldwin and initially in the 1970s, he endorsed and used Wurlitzer electric pianos before switching to the Fender Rhodes electric piano around the 1970s. He says that at A&M Studios, he regularly used a Steinway piano on the Carpenters' records with the exception of the A Song for You album. On stage, he initially had both a Wurlitzer electric piano and grand piano, but after switching to the Fender Rhodes, he would typically alternate between the three for different songs on stage. He has described the sound of the Wurlitzer electric piano as "warm" and "beautiful" and via overdubbing in the studio, he would regularly supplement his grand piano with a Wurlitzer electric piano to thicken the sound, thus creating a distinctive keyboard sound.
  • 1995
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The DVD follows the compilation album of the same name, which had been released earlier the same year, and includes eleven Carpenters' tracks never before available on DVD (including "From This Moment On," an outtake from the Carpenters' fifth television special), all of them digitally enhanced and feature remastered in stereo audio.
  • 1985
    Age 38
    On June 26, 1985, he started recording the solo album Time and finished it on July 5, 1987.
    More Details Hide Details The album features Dusty Springfield singing "Something in Your Eyes," Dionne Warwick singing "In Love Alone," and a song Richard created – dedicated to Karen – called "When Time Was All We Had," which starts off a cappella, but then Richard's piano fades in as well as Herb Alpert's flugelhorn. Lyrics include: 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 television movie, The Karen Carpenter Story (1989).
  • 1983
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Richard said in his speech, "This is a sad day, but at the same time a very special and beautiful day to my family and me. My only regret is that Karen is not physically here to share it with us, but I know that she is very much alive in our minds, and in our hearts."
  • 1979
    Age 32
    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."
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  • 1978
    Age 31
    In 1978, the Carpenters stopped touring and in 1979 Richard went into treatment to cure his dependency on this drug."
    More Details Hide Details Nick Talevski similarly observes in Rock Obituaries – Knocking on Heaven's Door (2010): "Constantly on the road since 1970 with their Vegas-style act, both Karen and Richard Carpenter were in ill health by late 1975. With Karen's weight down to 80 pounds, a tour had to be cancelled. Richard, meanwhile, had become addicted to a prescription drug, Quaalude." By late 1978, Richard was receiving "much encouragement (and brow-beating) from family and friends, to ‘face the music.’" Finally, in January 1979, semicomatose on Quaaludes, Richard fell down a flight of stairs backstage and finally confronted his addiction." He checked into a six-week treatment program at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, and kicked his habit. "For any number of reasons, the first three weeks were 'hell-on-earth,' Richard says, 'but after that, things really started to change, and of course, all for the better.'
  • 1969
    Age 22
    Richard and Karen signed with A&M Records on April 22, 1969. "Let's hope we have some hits," Herb Alpert told the two.
    More Details Hide Details According to Richard, Alpert gave them carte blanche in the recording studios, but after Offering, their first album, was released and wasn't a big seller, it was rumored that some of A&M's people were asking Alpert to release the Carpenters, but he believed in their talent and insisted on giving them another chance. Alpert suggested that the Carpenters record a Burt Bacharach and Hal David song called "(They Long to Be) Close to You" written in 1963. Though Richard worked up an arrangement only after Alpert's insistence, his arranging talents clearly shone in the finished product. His arranging and musical talents, as well as Karen's vocals, helped the song climb to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for a month. "(They Long to Be) Close to You" gained public recognition seemingly overnight. According to Richard, even though the song became popular overnight, the Carpenters themselves did not.
  • 1967
    Age 20
    Around 1967 Richard and Karen joined four other student musicians from Long Beach State to form a sextet, Spectrum, consisting of:
    More Details Hide Details Although Spectrum played frequently at LA-area nightclubs such as Whisky a Go Go, they met with an unenthusiastic response — their broad harmonies and avoidance of rock 'n' roll limited the band's commercial potential. Yet Spectrum was fruitful in another way, providing the raw material of future success: Bettis went on to become a lyricist for Richard's original compositions, and all the other members, except Leslie Johnston, went on to become members of the Carpenters.
  • 1965
    Age 18
    Carpenter created the Richard Carpenter Trio in 1965 with sister Karen and friend Wes Jacobs.
    More Details Hide Details Richard played the piano, Karen played the drums, and Wes played the tuba and bass. In 1966 the Richard Carpenter Trio played "Iced Tea" and "The Girl from Ipanema" at the Hollywood Bowl Battle of the Bands. They won the competition, and shortly afterward recorded three songs at RCA Studios: "Every Little Thing", "Strangers in the Night", and the Carpenter original, "Iced Tea". "Iced Tea" is the only recording that was officially released to the public.
  • 1946
    Born on October 15, 1946.
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