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Richard Carpenter was one of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time, scoring many hits with his sister Karen Carpenter as part of the brother-sister duo Carpenters.
Richard Carpenter is an American musician, record producer, songwriter, who formed half of the duo The Carpenters alongside his sister Karen.
With the group, he was their record producer, arranger, pianist, keyboardist, lyricist, and composer, as well as joining with Karen on harmony vocals.
In later years, he also had a small acting career, including a cameo in the Karen Carpenter Story.
Richard Carpenter was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the same hospital where his sister Karen was later born.
His parents were housewife Agnes Reuwer Tatum (1915-1996) and Harold Bertram Carpenter (1908-1988).
His father was born in China, where Richard's grandparents were missionaries, and was educated at boarding schools in England.
Richard Carpenter studied music at California State College (now known as California State University, Long Beach).
There, he met conductor and composer Frank Pooler, and close friend, John Bettis, who co-wrote songs with Richard.
Richard then created the Richard Carpenter Trio in 1965 with sister Karen and friend Wes Jacobs. Richard played the piano, Karen played the drums, and Wes played the tuba and bass.
In 1966, the group won the Hollywood Bowl Battle of the Bands event, and soon recorded three songs at RCA Studios.
In 1969, Richard and Karen signed a record deal as a duo with A&M.
In 1984, Richard married his adopted cousin (they have no blood relationship), Mary Rudolph. Her brother, Mark Rudolph, was the Carpenters' road manager.
Richard and Mary Carpenter have five children together: Kristi Lynn (the name Karen said she would have given to a daughter) was born on August 17, 1987.
Traci Tatum was born on July 25, 1989, Mindi Karen on July 7, 1992, Collin Paul on July 20, 1994, and Taylor Mary on December 5, 2000.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Richard Carpenter has an estimated net worth of around £7.4 million ($10m).
Since Karen's death in 1983, Richard Carpenter has continued to mark the legacy of his sister and the group by performing and bringing out new compilations.
In 2018, Richard released a new compilation of classical updates of Carpenters songs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, reaching number 8 in the UK singles chart.