In the 70's, I was a long haired teen partying, and listening to rock music like the rest of my peers. Unbeknownst to them however, I had a secret
that no one knew save my best friend who tolerated it because he felt sorry for me, and just knew I wasn't quite right. You see, I was a closet
Carpenters fan. Specifically Karen Carpenter. I first heard that golden voice in 1969, and came to love hearing her sing. For those who have no idea
who I'm talking about...
Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo,
the Carpenters. Although her skills as a drummer earned admiration from drumming luminaries and peers, she is best known for her vocal performances.
She had a contralto vocal range. Carpenter suffered from anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder which was little known at the time. She died at age
32 from heart failure caused by complications related to her illness. Carpenter's death led to increased visibility and awareness of eating
Now for a guy who was into Black Sabbath, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Renaissance, Yes, and more obscure bands like White Witch, Camel, Nektar,
and Aphrodites Child, among others, it was a bit out of the ordinary to be glued to the radio whenever Karen started singing, but even more so, to be
glued to the TV when the Carpenters Christmas special aired. But there I was in 1977...
and again in 1978...
I was truly saddened when Karen passed away in 1983, but she left behind a legacy of music, from her expert drumming skills, to her beautiful vocals.
Every year at Christmas time, I listen to her and Richard's Christmas Carols, and remember Christmas past. RIP Karen, and thank you for sharing your
talent with us.
I hope you enjoy these old Christmas specials as much as I did, and still do. Yes, they're dated and 70ish, but the music and talent is still as good
as it ever was to me.
Happy Holidays to All, and to all a good night.
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