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Brother and sister singing duo The Carpenters (Richard and Karen) started their musical careers early. They became one of the best-selling groups of the 1970s - take a look at some career highlights in pictures.
Richard and Karen Carpenter formed the Richard Carpenter Jazz Trio with friend Wes Jacobs. Their record label dropped them soon after they have had become a six piece called Spectrum. To date, they have reportedly sold more than 100 million copies of records worldwide.
The Carpenters recorded a ballad version of The Beatles hit ‘Ticket To Ride’. It peaked at number 54 in the Billboard Hot 100.
Karen and Richard Carpenter pose with their Grammys during the 14th annual 1971 Grammy Awards. Ten of the Carpenters' singles sold a million copies or more and back in the 1970s, Karen’s voice was always heard on the radio. However, according to her brother Richard, Karen really thought of herself as a “drummer who happened to sing”.
Richard and Karen pose with their Grammy during the 13th annual 1970 Grammy Awards. The group’s official name (according to Richard) is simply ‘Carpenters’ (i.e. without ‘The’)
Bette Midler, centre, is flanked by Karen and Richard Carpenter as she poses backstage with her Grammy statuette, during the annual Grammy Awards presentation in Los Angeles in 1974
Karen Carpenter was born March 2, 1950 and sadly died on February 4, 1983, following a long battle with anorexia and bulimia. A self-titled solo album from Karen Carpenter was released in 1996 – 13 years after her death.
Richard Carpenter smiles as he speaks during a news conference in Japan in 2008. He said he was ‘almost ready’ to make a comeback, but we're still waiting. (AP Photo)