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Karen Carpenter

Karen Carpenter was the lead singer for the soft-rock duo the Carpenters, who scored a string of Top 10 hits in the early '70s, including "(They Long to Be) Close to You," "We've Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays," and "Yesterday Once More." Carpenter recorded one solo album in the late '70s, yet it was unreleased at the time. Following the recording of the record, she returned to the Carpenters, and they had one final Top 40 hit -- "Touch Me When We're Dancing" -- in 1981 before she tragically died of heart failure, brought on by anorexia nervosa, in February of 1983. Her unreleased solo album, titled Karen Carpenter, was finally released in the fall of 1996. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Track List: Karen Carpenter

1. Lovelines

2. All Because Of You

3. If I Had You

4. Making Love In The Afternoon

5. If We Try

6. Remember When Lovin' Took All Night

7. Still In Love With You

8. My Body Keeps Changing My Mind

9. Make Believe It's Your First Time

10. Guess I Just Lost My Head

11. Still Crazy After All These Years

12. Last One Singin' The Blues

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Still the best voice in pop!
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Unfortunatel y Karen died recovering from anorexia. Her heart was so damaged by the disease when she began to gain weight it was not strong enough and gave out. Karen was one of the greats.
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Very soothing, relaxing voice
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I still love ms carpenter after all these yrs bless her n fam
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I've always believed she had the voice of an angel cut short by a horrible disease.
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Thank You GOD.......
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le_be
Killed by her own brother!
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le_be
My love- Touch me when we're dancing!
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I wish the younger ppl. Knew about her and her brother and all their great hits.
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Amen, James Glover
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love you Karen!
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willicrl
DID HE WORK U TOO HARD?
WE LOVE AND MISS U BABY...
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jay.koplove
1973....my high school girlfriend.. . . m e r r y Christmas, darling....w h a t e v e r happened to you, Karen? So sorry for your torment
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Karen Carpenter is the one artist who gives me the most spirit of her songs most especially during Christmas, my favorite that always touches my heart is Merry Christmas Darling - still listen to her voice...wish she is still around because I didn't even get to see one of her concerts with her brother Richard... miss them both!!!
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enjoying her legacy everyday here at Pandora..... my life wouldn't be the same without listening to her sing about love, life, dreams, heartbreak, hope.... and so much more
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Her voice..soul and smile is missed every day
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Karen. The ONLY artist of any kind that I cried for when I heard she died. Just sat in my car and cried like a baby, wondering what Anarex....ne r v o u s . . . . was.
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Still crazy for without a doubt best rendition of this song ever I'm almost brought to tears
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It sounds like she was trying to break away from the ballots and turn into a rock and roll or pop star. Why can't people be happy with where they are and what they have. Her strength was in the soft rock ballots with her brother. Oh well, God was missing in her heart evidently.
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halnjoy
Amazing how this thread has gone on for 7 years or more. All of us feeling the same. Just finished reading Little Girl Blue by Randy Schmidt. Karen's life story. A very enlightening read. A must read for anyone who has someone in their life with an eating disorder. Tragic loss of a voice that truly was from heaven. Even sadder knowing it could have been prevented.
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myerspercuss i o n
Simply the best female pop singer.... ever. Perfect intonation, timbre, phrasing. What a gift from God. Unfortunatel y , He needed a lead singer in heaven much too soon.
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Always touches my soul in such a rich and meaningful way every time I hear her voice.
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One of the few flawless voices out there!
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mrkorienek
An Angel's voice and my favorite female singer of all time, love the Carpenters, can't be sweeter than them! My husband and I have been married for 37 years and Close to you was are church song. God Bless you Karen. RIP
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A voice that always touches my heart and will live on forever. jazzy
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alanmc3
MY FAVORITE SINGER AND GROUP/DUO OF ALL TIME. NO ONE ELSE EVEN CLOSE. SUCH A TRAGIC LOSS...SEE YOU IN HEAVEN, KAREN, BEST WISHES RICHARD!
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Clearest female voice of all time, blessed by God!
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a voice GOD given beautifull!!
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sisteror
I love hearing all the Carpenter's songs
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latinprlover 1 9 9 1
She was truly amazing woman who has god gifted voice
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She had an amazing voice!!
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bonnie452
I remember the first time I ever hear her sing on the radio! I picked We've Only Just Begun to be played at my wedding in 1972.
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This was the version Karen recorded on her solo album. It was many years before her solo album would be released. My all time favorite singer/group .
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itsjustbigji m
So incredible.. . . . . s o tragic......
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lakecasa7
Those people that bugged Karen about being fat, her mother & the music critic, deserve - but no doubt never got their just deserts for her death!
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dinablacksto n e
I still have every album - the old records, 33s, many duplicated on CDs. I will never get rid of them. Karen's voice still sends me. Nobody else has that voice
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positively_o l i v i a
Karen with the purity and richness in her voice and her brother that created arrangements for her that was more than music. Karen reaches my soul where the mind can create new intent, decide to give, forgive and love. She stirs the better me.
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Saw her in concert...sh e couldn't hit a bad note if she tried. Her voice was truly from the Angels above. How I miss her.
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Karen's Angelic Voice Touched The Hearts & Soul Of Her Many Fans:) Her Music Is Timeless & Beautiful:)
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What a marvelous voice!
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Karen Carpenter had the clearest, most beautiful voice of any singer that I
have ever heard. You can hear and understand every word, unlike most
of the trash that is broadcast today. We all lost something special!
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no other singer but Karen Carpenter, can take me to another place...
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When my wife was a young child use to want to play the drums just like Karen Carpenter. One Christmas she got a set of toy drums, but she loved them so. Karen voice still gives her the chills, she was to young to die. IMy wife looks at how Karen died and knows she don't want to die like that. May Karen RIP and God to with Richard.
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Karen Carpenter's voice still resonates with me today, 40 years after I became a fan. I am sorry that in 1980, and keeping up with what was current, I strayed to other female vocalists like Pat Benatar, Ann Wilson, ONJ, etc. but Karen is the one I still listen to today.
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bernar6
Wonderfull and sweet songs, with the Karen mark.
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alsalazar48
On my honeymoon in 1970, the song played most was We've Only Just Begun. I felt a deep loss when she died. I am so grateful her music lives on.
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I am 50 and have always been a huge Carpenter Fan. I am so broken hearted that such a beautiful girl didn't know how important she was to this world. She has given so many of her fans so much enjoyment and pleasure listening to her magical voice. Her brother was very talented as well , I hope is doing well. We will always love The Carpenters. Never think you are forgotten... . G o d Bless and May Karen Rest in Peace.
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The purest voice God ever gave anyone--EVER .
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brendafos1
she was a beautiful woman!! What is Richard doing these days?
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There's never been another Karen. She was beautiful on the inside and out, even though she never thought so. Her death was a tragic loss to all of us who grew up on the music of The Carpenters.
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