To play media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. The Carpenters. By , they were working in a jazz trio Richard playing keyboards, Karen playing drums, and Wes Jacobs on bass and tuba , and were living in Downey, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. It was quite clear that Richard was destined to make music his career, and his mastery not only of the piano, but also of arrangement, composition, production, and vocal harmonies made it obvious that he possessed extremely impressive musical talents. Richard and Karen worked with West Coast studio bassist non pareil Joe Osborn, whom they had met in Osborn strongly believed in the Carpenters and allowed them to record a demo in his studio, acting as engineer and even playing bass on several of the tracks. As Richard had created the arrangements, he decided that now he and Karen should overdub all of the vocal parts themselves. Over the years, the Carpenters not only have racked-up many 1 and Top Ten singles, but their albums also became top-of-the-chart fixtures, and virtually all of their early LPs and 45s were multi-million sellers and awarded platinum and gold plaques by the RIAA. Watch Video. Update Required To play media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin Update Flash.
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Both grew up in Downey, California and were very musical at an early age. Richard helped Karen develop her singing voice and started to make demo tapes with her after the Richard Carpenter Trio split up. In the Carpenters made their first album called "Offerings. In the Carpenters made their second album called "Close To You. This earned them 2 Grammy Awards and made them millionaires. The Carpenters were ridiculed, because they didn't fit into the rock-and-roll, drug scene during the early 70s. They were considered "goody two shoes" and "square" by most, but their music was very much loved by people of all ages. But nevertheless, the Carpenters continued to make hits songs and albums.
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The most well-known version is that recorded by American duo The Carpenters for their second studio album Close to You and produced by Jack Daugherty. It also reached the top of the Canadian and Australian charts, and peaked at number six on the charts of both the UK and Ireland. Dusty Springfield recorded the song in August , but her version was not released commercially until it appeared on her album Where Am I Going? Bacharach released his own version in But the version recorded by Carpenters with instrumental backing by L.