February 4th is the Anniversary of Karen Carpenters Death

  1. I'll never be able to explain how much I love and adore Karen all these years later. She's still there for me.

    Anyway, a fan wrote this on a music site, a fan just like me, and I copied it, and left out his name. It says it all.

    "Feb. 4, 2003 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Karen Carpenter (where does the time go?). As a huge fan of the Carpenters to this day, I felt compelled to write, hoping that you would allow the occasion to be mentioned in your column.

    The impact the Carpenters had on the Billboard charts is well noted; among other accolades, they were the No. 1 American act of the 1970s (4th overall). Despite their popularity at their peak, as evidenced by record sales, concert receipts, Grammy wins, and other awards, they had their critics. I think it's safe to say that time has treated them kindly; more respect has been given to them, especially to Karen's haunting, angelic, sincere, mesmerizing voice and Richard's crisp arrangements.

    The tribute CD, "If I Were a Carpenter" from the mid-1990s, was a critical success and a labor of love. Richard and A&M Records still continue to release various hits compilations (or previously unreleased cuts) of the Carpenters in the U.S. and elsewhere; one such CD, "Love Songs" from just a few years ago, was a big seller, with a several-month Billboard chart run. I think it's also safe to say that the Carpenters were instrumental in introducing the "soft rock" genre.

    Their popularity, especially in Great Britain and Japan, is still great. To me, though, it wouldn't matter how popular they are now or even in their heyday, as long as I can still listen to Karen's voice, which was so unique that it was, in my opinion, peerless.

    She died way too young (at 32); yet her death brought international attention to an alarming disorder, anorexia nervosa. By many accounts, despite her fame and fortune, as evidenced by this disorder (with its underlying psychological etiology), her life may have not had the love she longed for, the unrequited love about which she often sang; her lone marriage was short-lived. And the sadness in her voice was evident in many of their songs.

    I will always cherish Karen, with her voice and beauty. And I lament the songs that were never song. And I will always miss her. And I know I am not alone."


    Nope you aren't alone.
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    I remember her too, beautiful voice. Has it been 20 yrs? Thanks for sharing that with us.

    Marie
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
    "Close to You" is our song.

    Long Ago----was a christmas time without first boyfriend.

    Were lucky to have heard that voice...miss her too.
  5. by   Mkue
    Did she and her brother sing a song called "Muskrat Love". something like that? I loved that song.
  6. by   renerian
    Miss their music as well.

    renerian
  7. by   RN-PA
    mkue, Muskrat Love was sung by the Captain & Tenille.

    I always loved Karen's voice, too, and "Close to You" was one of the first 45's I owned and learned all the lyrics to in 7th grade. At my parents' 25th Wedding Anniversary (25 years ago), we organized a slide show of their first years together with "We've Only Just Begun" playing in the background and the final slide showed my Mom 9 months pregnant with me-- Not a dry eye in the house.

    Rest in peace, dear Karen...
  8. by   researchrabbit
    I loved their songs. I was so sorry to hear of her early death.

    Mkue, I think that was Toni Tenille that sang Muskrat Love (but I could be mistaken).
  9. by   shygirl
    My favorite karen Carpenter song was...I can't think of the name, but it went...."Long ago, and oh so far away. I fell in love with you..before the second show. You're guitar, it sang so sweet and

    clear, but you're not really here. It's just the radio. I remember now! Don't you remember you told me you loved me baby. Said you'd be coming back this way again maybe...."

    What is the name of this song?

    Shygirl
  10. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by shygirl
    My favorite karen Carpenter song was...I can't think of the name, but it went...."Long ago, and oh so far away. I fell in love with you..before the second show. You're guitar, it sang so sweet and

    clear, but you're not really here. It's just the radio. I remember now! Don't you remember you told me you loved me baby. Said you'd be coming back this way again maybe...."

    What is the name of this song?

    Shygirl
    I don't know, but I loved that song too !
  11. by   night owl
    I will light a candle for her on Feb 4th. I don't have a favorite song because they were all great songs. I will always miss her.
  12. by   NRSKarenRN
  13. by   LasVegasRN
    Karen Carpenter had one of the most unique voices on the planet. Truly soulful to where it touched people to their very core - if they allowed it.

    Call me a geek, but yes, I have the Best of the Carpenters. Right along with my John Denver stuff. Some music just touches you. Some voices stir your soul. Her's was one of the very best.
  14. by   hapeewendy
    some voices are just silenced far too quickly

    and others cant be silenced soon enough (ala courtney love etc)
    no I'm not wishing death on her, just incurable laryngitis...........

    there are worse singers I'm sure ,but I just heard her on the radio here... bleh

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