If she were still living, Karen Carpenter would have been 59 years old this week. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, on March 2, 1950, Karen and her brother Richard had a string of top 10 hits as the Carpenters in the 70's, including "Close To You" "We've Only Just Begun" "Yesterday Once More" and "Rainy Days and Mondays".
Karen actually recorded one solo album, "Karen Carpenter", in the late 70's. However, it wasn't released until after her death.
I remember exactly what I was doing when i heard the news about her death in early February of 1983. I was getting ready to go to work at my first radio job when I heard the news on the radio that she had died. She had battled anorexia nervosa, and ultimately died of heart failure. I was deeply saddened, as the Carpenters had been one of my favorite groups when i was growing up. I always thought Karen had one of the smoothest, most distinctive female voices ever, and i still enjoy playing the Carpenters on Majic.
Enjoy the music!