CARPENTERS: THE MUSICAL LEGACY
By Mike Cidoni Lennox & Chris May with Richard Carpenter
The definitive biography of one of the most enduring and endeared recording artists in history—the Carpenters—is told for the first time from the perspective of Richard Carpenter, through more than 100 hours of exclusive interviews and some 200 photographs from Richard’s personal archive, many never published.
After becoming multi-million selling, Grammy-winning superstars with their 1970 breakthrough “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” Richard and Karen Carpenter would win over fans worldwide with a record-breaking string of hits including “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Top of the World” and “Yesterday Once More.” In Carpenters: The Musical Legacy, Richard Carpenter tells their story with candor, heart and humor, chronicling the ups and downs of the duo, whose work remains the gold standard for melodic pop.
CARPENTERS: THE MUSICAL LEGACY is coming to bookstores on October 19th. Pre-order your copy today: Carpenters
50 years ago, A&M Records released the second album by Carpenters, titling it after their monster hit single, CLOSE TO YOU. Join us in discussion as we celebrate the 50th on the A&M Corner Forum.
Fifty years ago, on May 15th, 1970, A&M Records released Carpenters second single for the label. After the middling success of their prior attempt at a hit with “Ticket To Ride”, this one rode all the way to the top of the charts. Come visit the A&M Corner and discuss your first experience with “(They Long To Be) Close To You”.
By this time, A&M was pretty much all stereo with most of their singles. Pictured here is the rare mono promotional single issued to AM radio stations.
Paul Grein has written a great article on Carpenters 50th anniversary of their first appearance on the Billboard chart with “Ticket To Ride”. Read the article here and be sure to join in our discussion at the A&M Corner Forum.
Out now is an exciting new book for Carpenters fans, a lushly illustrated discography by forum member and longtime Carpenters fan Randy Schmidt. This coffee-table presentation is chock-full of pictures, some never-before seen, interviews and facts about the discography of our favorite duo. Check it out at bookstores everywhere, or use this handy Amazon link:
Then, join in the discussion at the A&M Corner Forum: https://forum.amcorner.com/threads/carpenters-an-illustrated-discography-new-book-by-randy-schmidt.16715/
Carpenters fans from all over the world are gathering in Thousand Oaks, California to see the sites, intermingle with each other, and enjoy panel discussions with some Carpenters “Insiders”. Learn more at http://www.carpenters50th.com/index.html
And join in the discussion on A&M Corner where details and photos are sure to emerge: