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10 facts about the Carpenters that every fan should know
In 1979, Karen recorded an album with producer Phil Ramone. It was met with a tepid response from Richard and A&M executives, and was shelved by A&M Records co-owner Herb Alpert, despite attempts by producer Quincy Jones to convince him to release it after a remix. A&M charged the Carpenters $400,000 to cover the cost of the album, to be paid out of the duo's future royalties. It was finally released as 'Karen Carpenter' in 1996.