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Richard and Karen Carpenter's career musical accomplishments uniquely set within the context of world events at the time they were recording and their music is compared with top music and films by year. Each album and single shows its music chart performance from countries from five continents.

Carpenters features the highlights of Richard and Karen's music by year and is illustrated with exclusive concert photos and set lists, posters, official publicity photos and U.S. and international advertising from A&M Records. Also included are the music videos, television specials and guest appearances, and radio appearances, and reviews of the recordings.

CARPENTERS HIGHLIGHTS 1969

Karen and Richard Carpenter signed with A&M Records on April 22, 1969
Herb Alpert chose the cover photo for Offering album taken by Jim McCrary
A&M Records destroyed copies of Offering when it reissued the album as Ticket to Ride
One of the earliest Carpenters concerts was after the premiere of Hello, Dolly! in Los Angeles

Carpenters signature overdubbing was often a four part chord overdubbed twice which created a 12-part vocal. For "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" the overdub was a 13-part chord over three octaves and repeated three times to deliver 39 voices.

Karen Carpenter had a lead vocal range of an octave and a fifth plus falsetto. Her range was the C below middle C to the G above high C.

SOURCE:
Billboard. Carpenters Supplement. November 17, 1973.

WORLD NEWS 1969

TICKET TO RIDE
  • Apollo 11 makes the first moon landing
  • 100 countries sign nuclear nonproliferation treaty
YOUR WONDERFUL PARADE
  • Cigarette ads are banned on U.S. television
  • Scanning electron microscope developed
  • Muammar al-Quaddafi deposes the King of Libya
  • Five million people attend the concert at Woodstock

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1969

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:
  • Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In--Fifth Dimension
  • In the Year 2525--Zager and Evans
  • Get Back--The Beatles with Billy Preston
#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:
  • Hair--Original Broadway Cast
  • Abbey Road--The Beatles
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears--Blood, Sweat and Tears
  • Led Zeppelin II--Led Zeppelin
GRAMMY AWARDS
  • Song of the Year: Little Green Apples--O. C. Smith
  • Record of the Year: Mrs. Robinson--Simon and Garfunkel
  • Album of the Year: By the Time I Get to Phoenix --Glen Campbell
ACADEMY AWARDS
  • Best Motion Picture: Midnight Cowboy

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1969

OFFERING/TICKET TO RIDE ALBUM
CHARTPOSITION
Billboard Pop
Australia
Britain
Japan
150
17
20-35*
88

* Denotes original and reissue chart positions

TICKET TO RIDE SINGLE
CHARTPOSITION
Billboard Pop
Cash Box
54
78

By November 1970, Ticket to Ride had sold 200,000 copies worldwide.

CLOSE TO YOU

WORLD NEWS 1970

CLOSE TO YOU

  • IBM introduces the floppy disc
  • The Swiss invent the liquid crystal display (LCD)
  • The British introduce bar codes
  • ABC premiers Monday Night Football

HELP

  • The Beatles disband
  • Four Kent State University students are slain by the National Guard

WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN

  • The United States invades Cambodia
  • The films M*A*S*H, Patton and Love Story begin their journey to classics
  • Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin die

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1970

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Bridge Over Troubled Water--Simon and Garfunkel
  • I'll Be There--Jackson 5
  • Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head--B. J. Thomas
  • (They Long to Be) Close to You--Carpenters
  • My Sweet Lord--George Harrison

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Bridge Over Troubled Water--Simon and Garfunkel
  • Cosmo's Factory--Credence Clearwater Revival
  • Aabraxas--Santana
  • Let It Be--The Beatles
  • Woodstock--Soundtrack

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Song of the Year: Games People Play
  • Record of the Year: Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In--Fifth Dimension
  • Album of the Year: Blood, Sweat and Tears--Blood, Sweat and Tears

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: Patton

CARPENTERS HIGHLIGHTS 1970

Karen and Richard Carpenter debuted their Bacharach-David Medley February 27, 1970 at the Reiss-Davis Benefit honoring the composer and lyricist

Carpenters toured with Burt Bacharach as his opening act

At the time it was released, the Close to You single which ran 3:40 was one of the longest tracks ever.

Close to You/I Kept on Loving You was released as a double A sided single for radio in case program directors felt Close to You was too slow for airplay

A&M Records made promotional films of Close to You and Love Is Surrender

Carpenters made their first visit to Japan

During their Canadian tour in November, Carpenters recorded their first commercial for Morton's Potato Chips in Toronto.

Merry Christmas Darling released on November 20, 1970 as the B side of Mr. Guder. It became a seasonal standard and charted several times. In Canada, it was the top Christmas single of 1970.

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1970

CLOSE TO YOU ALBUM
CHARTPOSITION
Billboard Pop
Australia
Britain
Japan
20
14
23
53

By November 1970, Close to You had sold 2.5 million copies worldwide and 4 million copies by October 1977.

(THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU SINGLE
CHARTPOSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Australia
Britain
Canada
Japan
Malaysia
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Spain
1
1
1
1
6
1
71
1
4
33
9
10

"Close to You" was one of the longest running singles in 1970 at 3:40.

WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN SINGLE
CHARTPOSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Australia
Britain
Canada
Japan
Malaysia
2
1
1
28
5
2
71
6

By November 1970, "We've Only Just Begun" had sold 1.3 million copies worldwide.

MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING
CHARTPOSITION
Billboard Pop
Cash Box
Britain
Canada
1
41
45
1
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
CHARTPOSITION
Britain 35

CARPENTERS

WORLD NEWS 1971

RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS

  • Idi Amin takes over control of Uganda

LET ME BE THE ONE

  • President Nixon ends the trade embargo against China
  • The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passes lowering the voting age to 18

FOR ALL WE KNOW

  • The U.S. Supreme Court orders student busing to achieve desegregation
  • The Pentagon Papers are published

SUPERSTAR

  • China invites the U.S. ping pong team to Beijing
  • Intel introduces the microprocessor
  • Jim Morrison and Duane Allman die

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1971

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
  • One Bad Apple--Osmonds
  • Maggie May--Rod Stewart

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Tapestry--Carole King
  • Pearl--Janis Joplin
  • All Things Must Pass--George Harrison
  • Santana III--Santana

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Record of the Year: Bridge Over Troubled Water--Simon and Garfunkel
  • Song of the Year: Bridge Over Troubled Water--Simon and Garfunkel
  • Album of the Year: Bridge Over Troubled Water--Simon and Garfunkel

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: The French Connection

CARPENTERS HIGHLIGHTS 1971

From July 1970 to June 1971 the Carpenters released four consecutive million-selling singles.
The Carpenters album contained three hits and was certified quadruple platinum in the U.S.
A&M Records made promotional films of Superstar and Rainy Days and Mondays
Carpenters played 145 concerts this year including their first tour of Great Britain.
On May 14, 1971 Carpenters played their first performance at Carnegie Hall. The show featured:

  • Help
  • Love Is Surrender
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Reason to Believe
  • I Fell in Love with You
  • For All We Know
  • Mr. Guder
  • Rainy Days and Mondays
  • Cinderella Rockefeller
  • Close to You
  • Bacharach-David Medley
  • We've Only Just Begun

Billboard named Carpenters among its top artists for the year:

  • #1 Easy Listening Artists (Rainy Days and Mondays #4; Superstar #7; For All We Know #8)
  • #2 Top Singles Artists (Superstar #30; For All We Know #35; Rainy Days and Mondays #38)
  • The Close to You album was the #3 Top Album
  • #5 Top Group Close to You #3; Carpenters #39)
  • #7 Overall Album Artists (3 albums on the chart)
  • The Carpenters album was the #39 Top Album
  • Carpenters were also the #7 Top International Artist in both Canada and Mexico.

Carpenters starred in Make Your Own Kind of Music, an eight week summer replacement television show. They also made ten guest appearances on other television shows.

CARPENTERS 1971 CONCERT SET LIST

TRACK TITLE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Help
Love Is Surrender
Ticket to Ride
Reason to Believe
All I Can Do
For All We Know
Mr. Guder
Rainy Days and Mondays
Druscilla Penny
Close to You
Bacharach-David Medley
We've Only Just Begun

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1971

CARPENTERS ALBUM
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Australia
Britain
2
7
12
FOR ALL WE KNOW SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Canada
3
1
6
7
RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Japan
Canada
Netherlands
Singapore
2
1
2
72
3
21
2
SUPERSTAR SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan
Malaysia
Singapore
2
1
2
18
7
3
1
2
HURTING EACH OTHER SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Hong Kong
Japan
South Africa
2
1
2
8
56
18
BLESS THE BEASTS AND CHILDREN SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Japan
67
26
85

A SONG FOR YOU

WORLD NEWS 1972

ROAD ODE

  • President Nixon visits China

HURTING EACH OTHER

  • U.S. conducts Christmas bombing of North Vietnam
  • Eleven Israeli athletes are killed at the Olympic Games
  • Gov. George Wallace is shot while campaigning for President
  • Five arrested while trying to bug the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate

TOP OF THE WORLD

  • Apollo 17 makes the final moon landing
  • HBO becomes the first cable network while CBS debuts the show M*A*S*H
  • Atari introduces Pong as an arcade game

IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME

  • The CAT scan is developed in Great Britain
  • Prozac is developed
  • RCA developed the compact disc
  • Phillips Electronics introduces the video disc
  • E-mail is introduced

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1972

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face--Roberta Flack
  • Alone Again Naturally--Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • American Pie--Don McLean
  • I Can See Clearly Now--Johnny Nash

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Chicago V--Chicago
  • American Pie--Don McLean
  • America--America
  • First Take--Roberta Flack
  • Honky Chateau--Elton John
  • Seventh Sojourn--Moody Blues

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Record of the Year: It's Too Late--Carole King
  • Album of the Year: Tapestry--Carole King
  • Song of the Year: You've Got a Friend--Carole King

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: The Godfather

1972 CONCERT SET LIST

TRACK TITLE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Close to You/Introduction
Help
Love Is Surrender
Ticket to Ride
For All We Know
Oldies Medley
Mr. Guder
(They Long to Be) Close to You
Reason to Believe
Young Ladies That I Love Medley
Superstar
Bacharach-David Medley (extended)

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1972

A SONG FOR YOU ALBUM
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Australia
Britain
Japan
4
6
13
5
IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
12
2
17
18
4
48
1
GOODBYE TO LOVE SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
7
2
7
9
1
55
2

NOW & THEN

WORLD NEWS 1973

SING

  • A ceasefire ends the U.S. ground war in Vietnam
  • The United States stops bombing Cambodia
  • Egypt and Israel sign a cease-fire accord

END OF THE WORLD

  • Nixon accepts responsibility for the Watergate break-in
  • Spiro Agnew resigns as Vice President of the U.S.
  • OPEC hikes oil prices in retaliation for Yom Kippur War

OUR DAY WILL COME

  • Great Britain, Ireland and Denmark enter the EEC

ONE FINE DAY

  • TCP/IP internet protocol is designed
  • The technology behind the MRI is developed
  • Skylab, the first U.S. space station, is launched

DEADMAN'S CURVE

  • Lyndon Baines Johnson, Pablo Picasso, Pearl S. Buck and W. H. Auden die

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1973

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Killing Me Softly with His Song--Roberta Flack
  • Tie a Yellow Ribbon--Tony Orlando and Dawn
  • My Love--Paul McCartney and Wings
  • You're So Vain--Carly Simon
  • Crocodile Rock--Elton John

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road--Elton John
  • No Secrets--Carly Simon
  • Living in the Material World--George Harrison
  • Chicago VI--Chicago
  • Brothers & Sisters--Allman Brothers

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Record of the Year: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face--Roberta Flack
  • Song of the Year: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face--Roberta Flack
  • Album of the Year: The Concert for Bangladesh--George Harrison

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: The Sting

CARPENTERS HIGHLIGHTS 1973

Richard remixes Top of the World for the third time. This version became the U.S. single. It sold over one million copies.

The Yesterday Once More single sold over 700,000 copies in Japan. From its release on July 10 through November 1973, it sold over 500,000 copies.

The Yesterday Once More single sold more than one million copies in the U.S.

Now & Then was certified double platinum in the U.S.

Between October 1969 and July 1973, Carpenters sold 18.5 million records.

Carpenters were the top international artist in Japan.

Great Britain issued the first box set of the three Carpenters albums.

The Yesterday Once More single sold more than 354,000 copies in Britain. The Now & Then album sold over 111,000 copies during the year.

WDBQ radio in New Haven, Connecticut played the Oldies Medley as a complete radio show.

On May 1, 1973, Carpenters performed at The White House. They performed their hits songs:

  • Close to You
  • Love Is Surrender
  • Top of the World
  • For All We Know
  • Rainy Days and Mondays
  • We've Only Just Begun

One of the full concert set lists (Valley Forge Music Fair, Pennsylvania) included:

  • Superstar/Rainy Days and Mondays/Goodbye to Love
  • Help
  • Top of the World
  • For All We Know
  • Mr. Guder
  • Close to You
  • Jambalaya
  • Yesterday Once More
  • Oldies Medley: Little Honda/End of the World/Runaway/Da Doo Ron Ron/Leader of the Pack/Johnny Angel/Book of Love/Shu-Boom/Daddy's Home/Johnny B. Goode
  • Sing
  • We've Only Just Begun

Carpenters were the #6 Top Artist in Australia.
Carpenters gave 173 concerts including their first tour of Europe, Australia and Japan, and their American summer series.
Carpenters appeared as guests on three television shows.

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1973

NOW & THEN ALBUM
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Australia
Belgium
Britain
Denmark
Holland
Japan
2
1
3
2
11
3
1
SING SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Canada
Hong Kong
Malaysia
3
1
5
4
1
5
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Australia
Belgium
Britain
Holland
Hong Kong
Japan
Malaysia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Singapore
2
1
1
8
6
2
10
1
2
5
7
13
1
TOP OF THE WORLD SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Cash Box
Australia
Britain
Japan
Canada
Netherlands
1
1
2
5
18
3
14
JAMBALAYA SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Belgium
Britain
Japan
8
12
28

SINGLES 1969-1973

WORLD NEWS 1974

WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN

  • Nixon and Breshnev discuss arms limitations
  • The U.S. House Judiciary Committee adopts three articles of impeachment against Nixon. He resigns the next day.

TOP OF THE WORLD

  • India becomes the world's sixth nuclear power
  • OPEC ends its oil embargo

SUPERSTAR

  • Mao Zedung encourages cultural revolution in China
  • Patricia Hearst is kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army
  • Bud Abbott, Duke Ellington and Charles Lindbergh die

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1974

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • The Way We Were--Barbra Streisand
  • You're Having My Baby--Paul Anka
  • Seasons in the Sun--Terry Jacks
  • The Streak--Ray Stevens

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Greatest Hits--Elton John
  • You Don't Mess Around with Jim--Jim Croce
  • The Sting--Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Band on the Run--Paul McCartney and Wings
  • 461 Ocean Boulevard--Eric Clapton
  • Planet Waves--Bob Dylan

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Song of the Year: Killing Me Softly with His Song--Roberta Flack
  • Record of the Year: Killing Me Softly with His Song--Roberta Flack
  • Album of the Year: Innervisions--Stevie Wonder

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: The Godfather II

CARPENTERS HIGHLIGHTS 1974

Carpenters toured Germany, Scandanavia and Great Britain while giving 203 concerts during the year.
Carpenters set an industry standard selling out 18 consecutive concerts seen by 85,000 fans.
Tickets for the concerts in Japan sold out within the first hour of sale.

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1974

THE SINGLES 1969-1973 ALBUM
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Britain
Japan
1
1-24*
1

* Denotes original and reissue chart positions

I WON'T LAST A DAY WITHOUT YOU SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Canada
Hong Kong
Thailand
11
1
9
32
12
1
28
MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Britain 45-35*

* Denotes original and reissue chart positions

LIVE IN JAPAN

HORIZON

WORLD NEWS 1975

DESPERADO

  • Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge take over Cambodia
  • President Gerald Ford escapes two assassination attempts
  • Three of Nixon's aides are found guilty of the Watergate cover-up

AURORA

  • U.S. Apollo and Soviet Soyuz spacecraft link up

ONLY YESTERDAY

  • Saturday Night Live debuts on NBC television
  • Altair develops the first home computer kit
  • Sony develops Betamax while Matsushita pioneers VHS video tape formats
  • Aristotle Onasis, Casey Stengel and Hailie Selassie die

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1975

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Love Will Keep Us Together--Captain & Tennille
  • He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)--Tony Orlando
  • Island Girl--Elton John
  • Fly, Robin,Fly--Silver Connection

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy--Elton John
  • Physical Graffiti--Led Zeppelin
  • One of These Nights--Eagles
  • Chicago IX (Greatest Hits)--Chicago

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Song of the Year: The Way We Were--Barbra Streisand
  • Record of the Year: I Honestly Love You--Olivia Newton-John
  • Album of the Year: Fulfillingness' First Finale--Stevie Wonder

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

CARPENTERS HIGHLIGHTS 1975

Carpenters sold more than 25 million albums and singles in five years
By 1975, Carpenters earned 15 gold album and single awards in the U.S.
The Horizon album shipped gold. It eventually went platinum.
A&M Records made promotional films of Please Mr. Postman and Only Yesterday
Carpeners played 118 concerts and canceled 28 dates in Japan and 51 dates in Europe. Their show at Disneyland in February was filmed by Chuck Braverman for A&M Records.

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1975

HORIZON ALBUM
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Rock LP Best Sellers
Britain
Japan
13
1
10 on August 4, 1975
1
PLEASE MR. POSTMAN SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Billboard #1 Rock Singles Best Sellers
Cash Box
Brazil
Japan
Netherlands
South Africa
1
1
1
1
8
11
33
1
ONLY YESTERDAY SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan
Canada
4
1
8
7
12
8
SOLITAIRE SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan
Canada
Netherlands
17
1
15
32
44
23
14

A KIND OF HUSH

WORLD NEWS 1976

BOAT TO SAIL

  • Viking I lands on Mars
  • Air France and British Airways begin cross-Atlantic flights with the Concorde
  • The U.S. celebrates its Bicentennial as tall ships sail into New York Harbor

YOU

  • Richard Leaky discovers a 1.5 million-year-old skull in Kenya
  • The U.S. Supreme Court rules that minorities are entitled to retroactive job seniority
  • Israeli commandos free 103 hostages held by Palestinian hijackers on an Air France plane

THERE'S A KIND OF HUSH

  • Legionnaire's Disease strikes in Philadelphia at an American Legion meeting
  • The U.S. Supreme Cour rules that the death penalty is an acceptable punishment
  • Agatha Christie dies

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1976

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Tonight's the Night--Rod Stewart
  • Silly Love Songs--Paul McCartney and Wings
  • Disco Lady--Johnny Taylor
  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart--Elton John & Kiki Dee

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Songs in the Key of Life--Stevie Wonder
  • Frampton Comes Alive!--Peter Frampton
  • Wings at the Speed of Sound--Paul McCartney and Wings

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Song of the Year: Send in the Clowns
  • Record of the Year: Love Will Keep Us Together--Captain & Tennille
  • Album of the Year: Still Crazy After All These Years--Paul Simon

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: Rocky

CARPENTERS HIGHLIGHTS 1976

Carpenters tour of Japan was the largest grossing in Japanese history. Their appearance in Osaka featured

  1. We've Only Just Begun
  2. Only Yesterday
  3. Top of the World
  4. Superstar
  5. Rainy Days and Mondays
  6. Goodbye to Love
  7. Strike Up the Band/S'Wonderful/Fascinatin' Rhythm
  8. Flat Baroque
  9. I Dig Me (Doug Strawn solo)
  10. Yesterday Once More
  11. Little Honda
  12. End of the World
  13. Please Mr. Postman
  14. Da Doo Ron Ron
  15. Leader of the Pack
  16. Johnny Angel
  17. Book of Love
  18. Johnny B. Goode
  19. Sing (with childrens choir and performed in Japanese and English)
  20. There's a Kind of Hush
  21. Close to You
  22. We've Only Just Begun

Carpenters toured Great Britain and Europe in November with their new show. It included an updated Oldies Medley with costumes and a motorcycle that Richard rode onto the stage. On November 16, Carpenters played at Jaap Eden Hall. The show included:

  1. There's a Kind of Hush
  2. Jambalaya
  3. I Need to Be in Love
  4. Close to You (in Spike Jones style)
  5. Yesterday Once More
  6. Piano Picker
  7. Strike Up the Band/S'Wonderful/Fascinatin' Rhythm
  8. Warsaw Concerto
  9. From This Moment On
  10. Close to You
  11. For All We Know
  12. Top of the World
  13. Ticket to Ride
  14. Only Yesterday
  15. I Won't Last a Day Without You
  16. Hurting Each Other
  17. Please Mr. Postman
  18. Superstar
  19. Rainy Days and Mondays
  20. Goodbye to Love
  21. We've Only Just Begun

By 1976, Carpenters sold over 30 million albums and singles.

A&M Records made promotional films of I Need to Be in Love and There's a Kind of Hush

Carpenters were named Billboard Top Artists in these categories:

  • #10 Single--There's a Kind of Hush
  • #43 Single--I Need to Be in Love
  • #65 Singles Artists with three singles on the Billboard charts.

Carpenters' first television special aired on December 8, 1976 on ABC.

By 1976, the Oldies Medley was 30 minutes in concert.

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1976

A KIND OF HUSH ALBUM
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Britain
Japan
33
3
5
THERE'S A KIND OF HUSH SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan
Canada
12
1
12
22
27
11
I NEED TO BE IN LOVE SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Canada
25
1
31
36
31
GOOFUS SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Cash Box
56
87

CARPENTERS CONCERT SET LISTS 1976

TRACK TITLE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12


13
14
15
16
17
18
Overture
We've Only Just Begun/Introduction
Only Yesterday
Top of the World
Superstar
Rainy Days and Mondays
Goodbye to Love
Karen's drum solo
Strike Up the Band/S'Wonderful/Fascinating Rhythm
Flat Baroque
Yesterday Once More
Oldies Medley:
(Little Honda/End of the World/Please Mr. Postman/De Do Ron Ron
Leader of the Pack/Johnny Angel/The Book of Love/Johnny B. Goode)
Sing
There's a Kind of Hush
(They Long to Be) Close to You
We've Only Just Begun
Yesterday Once More/Exit
Jambalaya
TRACK TITLE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

11
12
13
14
15




16
Singles Overture
Flat Baroque
Only Yesterday
There's a Kind of Hush
I Need to Be in Love
(They Long to Be) Close to You
Don't Be Afraid
Sing
Yesterday Once More
Greased Lighntin'/We Go Together/Beauty School Dropout/
Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee
Yesterday Once More/Greased Lightnin'/
Piano Picker
Karen's drum solo
Warsaw Concerto
Hits Medley:
Close To You/For All We Know/ Top of the World/Ticket to Ride/
Only Yesterday/I Won't Last a Day Without You/
Hurting Each Other/Superstar/Rainy Days and Mondays/
Goodbye to Love
We've Only Just Begun

LIVE AT THE PALLADIUM

Live at the Palladium ad from Japan
Carpenters on the front cover of People magazine 1976

PASSAGE

WORLD NEWS 1977

CALLING OCCUPANTS...

  • The space shuttle Enterprise makes its first test glide
  • The motion picture Star Wars debuts

MAN SMART...

  • Lasers create the first nuclear fusion
  • The neutron bomb is developed
  • Fifteen countries sign a nuclear nonproliferation pact

SWEET, SWEET SMILE

  • Saturday Night Fever is big at the box office and in record stores
  • The television miniseries Roots draws 130 million viewers

DON'T CRY FOR ME...

  • Elvis Presley, Charlie Chaplin, Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx die

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1977

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • You Light Up My Life--Debby Boone
  • Best of My Love--Emotions
  • How Deep Is Your Love--BeeGees
  • Sir Duke--Stevie Wonder
  • Evergreen--Barbra Streisand

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Rumours--Fleetwood Mac
  • Hotel California--Eagles
  • A Star Is Born--Soundtrack
  • Simple Dreams--Linda Ronstadt

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Song of the Year: I Write the Songs
  • Record of the Year: This Masquerade--George Benson
  • Album of the Year: Songs in the Key of Life--Stevie Wonder

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: Annie Hall

CARPENTERS HIGHLIGHTS 1977

By 1977, Carpenters were awarded 11 gold records
The Sweet Sweet Smile single was the first song by Carpenters to chart on Billboard's Country Chart.
In Japan, initial orders for Passage were over 150,000 copies.
A&M Records made promotional films of Calling Occupants from Interplanetary Craft and All You Get From Love Is a Love Song
Carpenters began using a digital delay tape loop echo system in concert to suggest their multiple overdubbing.

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1977

PASSAGE ALBUM
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Britain
Japan
49
12
7

Initial orders in Japan for Passage were over 150,000 copies.


ALL YOU GET FROM LOVE IS A LOVE SONG SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Billboard Easy Listening
Cash Box
Japan
35
4
29
43
59-68*

* Denotes original and reissue chart positions

CALLING OCCUPANTS OF INTERPLANETARY CRAFT SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan
Canada
Netherlands
32
18
24
9
5
9
7
SWEET, SWEET SMILE SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan
Canada
Netherlands
44
7
42
40
21
33
14
I BELIEVE YOU SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
68
9

CHRISTMAS ALBUMS

CARPENTERS HIGHLIGHTS

On September 4, 1978, Carpenters played their last concert in Las Vegas.

In December, Karen and Richard appeared at the Cal State Long Beach Christmas Concert. The short set featured:

  • It's Christmas Time/Sleep Well, Little Children
  • Merry Christmas Darling
  • Silent Night
  • Close Encounters/Star Wars
  • Ave Maria

Carpenters were named the best selling artist of the 1970s
In May 1980, Karen Carpenter shelved her solo album

CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT HIGHLIGHTS

In 1977, it peaked at #27 on the Billboard rock album best-sellers.
In 1994, the album peaked at #43 on the Billboard catalog album chart.
In 1995, both Carpenters Christmas albums were repackaged as Christmas Collection.
In 2000, it peaked at #29 on the Billboard catalog album chart.
In 2001, it peaked at #27 on the Billboard catalog album chart.

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS

CHRISTMAS PORTRAIT ALBUM
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
145-159-190*
Billboard Christmas Chart
      1984
      1994
      1995
      1998
      2000
      2001
      2006
 
2
25
19
29
36
32
41

* Denotes original and reissue chart positions

MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Cash Box
Britain
1
41
45-35*
THE CHRISTMAS SONG SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan

 ;
 ;

MADE IN AMERICA

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1981

MADE IN AMERICA ALBUM
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Britain
Japan
52
12
44
TOUCH ME WHEN WE'RE DANCING SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
16
1
17
(WANT YOU)BACK IN MY LIFE AGAIN SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
72
14
75
THOSE GOOD OLD DREAMS SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
63
21
78
BEECHWOOD 4-5789 SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
74
16
88

WORLD NEWS 1981

WHEN YOU'VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES

  • Sandra Day O'Connor is the first woman nominated as a justice to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S.-Iran agreement frees 52 Americans held hostage since 1979
  • MTV goes on the air

WHEN IT'S GONE

  • Ronald Reagan is wounded by would-be assassin John Hinckley
  • Pope John Paul II survives an assassination attempt
  • Ronald Reagan fires air traffic controllers who went on strike
  • AIDS is first identified
  • Egyptian President Sadat is assassinated
  • Bill Haley and Joe Lewis die

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1981

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Physical--Olivia Newton-John
  • Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie
  • Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
  • Arthur's Theme--Christopher Cross
  • Kiss on My Lips--Hall and Oates

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Hi Infidelity--REO Speedwagon
  • 4--Foreigner
  • Tattoo You--Rolling Stones
  • Mistaken Identity--Kim Carnes

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Song of the Year: Sailing--Christopher Cross
  • Record of the Year: Sailing--Christopher Cross
  • Album of the Year: Christopher Cross--Christopher Cross

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: Chariots of Fire

CARPENTERS HIGHLIGHTS 1981

By 1981, Carpenters sold over 55 million records
In 1981, Carpenters were the artists who had the most top singles by a duo according to Billboard.
Carpenters toured Brazil.
A&M Records made promotional films of Touch Me When We're Dancing, Those Good Old Dreams and Beechwood 4-5789

WORLD NEWS 1983

LOOK TO YOUR DREAMS

  • Motorola begins testing cellular telephone service
  • Sally Ride becomes the first woman astronaut to go into space

YOUR BABY DOESN'T LOVE YOU

  • The United States invades Grenada
  • 237 U.S. Marines are killed in an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Soviets shoot down a South Korean jet killing all aboard

NOW

  • The compact disc is introduced
  • Crack cocaine is developed

PRIME TIME LOVE

  • 125 million television viewers tune in for the final episode of M*A*S*H

AT THE END OF A SONG

  • Tennessee Williams, Joan Miro, Buckminster Fuller and Jack Dempsey die

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1983

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Every Breath You Take--The Police
  • Billie Jean--Michael Jackson
  • Flashdance...What a Feeling--Irene Cara
  • Say Say Say--Paul McCartney
  • All Night Long--Lionel Ritchie

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Thriller--Michael Jackson
  • Synchronicity--The Police
  • Business As Usual--Men At Work
  • Can't Slow Down--Lionel Ritchie

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Record of the Year: Rosanna--Toto
  • Album of the Year: Toto IV--Toto
  • Song of the Year: Always on My Mind

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: Gandhi

CARPENTERS HIGHLIGHTS 1983

Karen's last recording session was in April 1982. The last track she recorded was the song Now.
Karen passed away on February 4, 1983.
Voice of the Heart was released on October 17, 1983.

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1983

VOICE OF THE HEART ALBUM
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Britain
Japan
46
6
41
MAKE BELIEVE IT'S YOUR FIRST TIME SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Britain 60

LOVELINES

WORLD NEWS 1989

THE UNINVITED GUEST

  • Ayatollah Khomeini declares the book The Satanic Verses offensive and sentences author Salmon Rushdie to death.
  • Chinese students take over Tiananmen Square in Beijing as they rally for democracy. Thousands of students are killed.
  • Deng Xiaoping resigns as China's leader and P. W. Botha quits as President of South Africa.

WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE

  • The Berlin Wall is opened after 28 years.
  • Romania and Czechoslovakia end Communist government.
  • The first World Wide Web server, browser and internet indexing system are developed.
  • Voyager 2 sends information about the planet Neptune and its moons back to Earth.
  • The Exxon Valdez spills 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound.

YOU'RE THE ONE

  • Oliver North is convicted in Iran-Contra affair.
  • Gen. Colin Powell becomes the first African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

LITTLE GIRL BLUE

  • Lucille Ball, Salvador Dali, Billy Martin, Sugar Ray Robinson and Andrei Sakharov die

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1989

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Another Day in Paradise--Phil Collins
  • Miss You Much--Janet Jackson
  • Straight Up--Paula Abdul
  • Right Here Waiting--Richard Marx
  • Lost In Your Eyes--Debbie Gibson

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • The Raw & the Cooked--Fine Young Cannibals
  • Like a Prayer--Madonna
  • Batman--Prince/Soundtrack
  • Electric Youth--Debbie Gibson
  • Rhythm Nation 1814--Janet Jackson

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Record of the Year: Don't Worry Be Happy--Bobby McFerrin
  • Album of the Year: Faith--George Michael
  • Song of the Year: Don't Worry Be Happy

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: Rain Man

CARPENTERS HIGHLIGHTS 1989

In 1997, Billboard reported Carpenters were the artists who had the most #1 singles (15) on the Adult Contemporary chart.

CARPENTERS ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1989

LOVELINES ALBUM
CHART POSITION
Britain 73

COMPILATION ALBUMS

The Carpenters catalog leads all A&M Records artists for the number of compilation albums created from original material. It is also the catalog that has been reissued most often.

The compilations show how beloved the Carpenters were around the world. Richard Carpenter chose to include different mixes in each--his acknowledgements to the fans and also his trademark care to continue to get the songs as close to the sound that he wanted. The cover and liner art often changes with the country of release lending uniqueness and generating interest among collectors.

The compilations were often best-sellers. In its first three months of release in late 1995, Polydor K.K.'s single with "Top of the World/I Need to Be in Love" sold over 450,000 copies. In Japan, the CD Twenty-Two Hits of the Carpenters sold nearly one million copies in its first four months of availability. It went on to sell over two million copies and recieved a special gold disc award in Japan.

These albums also charted. For example,

  • The Singles 1974-1978 was a Top 5 album in Great Britain in its third week in release;
  • Yesterday Once More (1985 double album) peaked at #11 in Great Britain, and
  • I Need to Be in Love/Best of Carpenters peaked at #4 in Japan.
COMPILATION ALBUMS
YEAR TITLE COUNTRY
1970 We've Only Just Begun Germany
1971 Golden Prize Japan
1972 GEM 1
Golden Double Deluxe
Greatest Hits of the Carpenters
Japan
Japan
Australia
1973 Carpenters Collection
GEM II
Max 20
World of Carpenters (the)
Great Britain
Japan
Japan
Japan
1974 Greatest Hits of the Carpenters Vol. 2
Golden Prize Vol. 2
Australia
Japan
1975 12 Best Pops Vols. 1 and 2
Carpenters
GEM III and IV
Japan
Mexico
Japan
1976 Carpenters Collection
Golden Prize Vol. 3
Love Sounds Special
Canada
Japan
Japan
1977 Grandes Exitos
Stereo Labratory Vol. 19
Superdisc and Superdisc 77
Argentina
Japan
Japan
1978 Carpenters Collection
Classics
First 10 Years
Singles 1974-1978 (the)
Sound Capsule Vol. 1
Canada
Hong Kong
Japan
Britain & Canada
Japan
1979 Sound Capsule Vol. 2
Ticket to Ride
Japan
Great Britain
1980 Best of Carpenters (the)
Yesterday Once More Vols. 1 and 2
Great Britain
Japan
1981 Carpenters Vols. 1 and 2 Japan
1982 Very Best of the Carpenters Australia
1984 Yesterday Once More
With Love
Britain & U.S.
Brazil
1985 Anthology
Best of the Carpenters
Yesterday Once More
Japan
Japan, Australia
CA, DE,JP,UK, US
1986 A&M Gold Series Vols. 1 and 2
Carpenters Collection
Japan
Japan
1987 A Arte de Carpenters
Classics Collection Vol. 2
Classics Collection Vol. 5
Treasures
Brazil
CA, DE, UK, US
Japan
Japan, Britain
1988 Collection
Compact Hits
Composers Series Vol. 2
Reminiscing
Netherlands
Great Britain
Japan
Canada
1989 Anthology
Collected Works
Collection
Compact Disc Collection
O Melhor de Carpenters
Japan
Japan
Japan
Great Britain
Brazil
1990 A&M New Gold Series, Vols. 1 and 2
Carpenters Cassette Collection
Compact Disc Collection
Their Greatest Hits
Only Yesterday
Japan
Great Britain
Great Britain
AU, MX, NL
CO, DE, UK
1991 A&M New Gold Series
From the Top
Startrax
Treasures
Britain, Germany
Japan, UK, US
Australia
Great Britain
1992 Best of the Best + Master Karaoke
From the Top
Japan
DE, NL, UK
1993 Singles 1969-1973/Singles 1974-1978 Great Britain
1994 Yesterday Once More Original Master Karaoke
Interpretations
Best Vols. 1 and 2
Japan
Japan
AU, DE, JP, UK, US
1995 Carpenters Collection Series
Interpretations
Reflections
Twenty-Two Hits of the Carpenters
Very Best of Carpenters
Australia
AU, CA, US
Britain, Germany
HK, JP, SG
Japan
1996 Christmas Collection
Treasures
DE, JP, NL, UK
Japan
1997 Anthology (reissue)
Love Songs
Original Album Collection
Japan
Great Britain
Japan
1998 Christmas Collection
LoveSongs
Australia, US
FR, JP, US
1999 Evergreen Japan
2000 As Time Goes By
By Request
Carpenters Collection
Compact Disc Collection
Gold
Sweet, Sweet Smile
Yesterday Once More (30th Anniversary)
Japan
Japan
Great Britain
AU, DE, UK
DE, UK, US
United States
Singapore
2001 As Time Goes By
Interpretations (reissue)
DE, HK, JP, KR, NL, US
Japan
2002 20th Century Masters
Essential Collection
Gold Millenium Collection
Their Greatest Hits
United States
DE, UK, US
United States
Japan
2003 Carpenters Perform Carpenters
Twenty-Two Hits of Carpenters (reissue)
JP, NL, UK, US
Japan
2004 As Time Goes By (reissue)
Gold 35th Anniversary Edition
Love Songs (reissue)
Singles 1969-1973 (reissue)
Singles 1969-1981 (SACD)
Singles 1969-1981 (Sound + Vision)
Their Greatest Hits (reissue)
35th Anniversary Collector's Edition
United States
United States
Japan
Japan
United States
UK, US
Japan
Japan
2005 Chronicles
Essential Collection 1965-1997
Gold (2 CDs, DC + DVD)
Reflections (Ltd. Ed. reissue)
Singles 1969-1981(SACD)
Twenty-Two Hits 10th Anniversary Ed.
United States
Germany
Japan
Japan
United States
Japan
2006 Essential Collection (reissue)
Gold 35th Anniversary
Singles Box
Ultimate Collection (2 CD or 3 CD set)
Netherlands
Great Britain
Japan
Netherlands
2007 A Kind of Hush/Passage (2 CD)
Carpenters/A Song for You (2 CD)
Gold (35th Anniversary CD/DVD)
Horizon (CD)
Love Songs (CD)
Made in America/Voice of the Heart (2 CD)
Now & Then (vinyl)
Now & Then (CD)
Now & Then/Horizon (2 CD)
Single Box Collection (33 CD)
Singles 1969-1981 (CD)
20th Century Masters (CD reissue)
Ticket to Ride/Close to You (2 CD)
Yesterday Once More (2 CD)
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
United States
Japan
Japan
2008 Mastertones/Ringtones
40/40 (CD and CD + 2 DVDs)
Carpenters Box (40th Ann. Ltd. Ed. CD)
Gold: Greatest Hits (DVD)
Now & Then (CD and Ltd. Ed. CD)
Their Greatest Hits (Ltd. Ed. CD)
United States
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
2009 40/40 Best Selection
40th Anniversary Collector's Edition
An Old Fashioned Christmas (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Best Selection (SHM-CD)
Carpenters (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Christmas Portrait (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Close to You (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Horizon (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Kind of Hush (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Live in Japan (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Live in London (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Lovelines (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Made in America (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Now & Then (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Offering (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Passage (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Reflections (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Song for You (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Voice of the Heart (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
2010 An Old Fashioned Christmas (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Carpenters (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Carpenters Best (Best Price) (Ltd. Ed.)
Christmas Portrait (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Close to You (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Horizon (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Kind of Hush (a) (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Live in Japan (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Live in London (Palladium) (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Lovelines (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Made in America (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Now & Then (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Passage (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Song for You (a) (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Ticket to Ride (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Voice of the Heart (Ltd. Ed. SHM-CD)
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
2011 Singles 1969-1981 (E album) US
2012 Carpenters (SHM-CD)
Close to You (SHM-CD)
Horizon (SHM-CD)
Kind of Hush (SHM-CD)
Now & Then (SHM-CD)
Song for You (SHM-CD)
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
2013 Singles 1969-1981 (E album) US
2014 ICON
Singles 1969-1973 (Platinum SHM-CD)
Singles 1969-1973 (SHM-CD)
Singles 1969-1973 (SHM-SACD)
Singles 1974-1976 (Platinum SHM-CD)
Singles 1974-1976 (SHM-CD)
Singles 1974-1976 (SHM-SACD)
Singles 1974-1976 (CD)
US
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan
Japan

A&M Records, Ltd. in Great Britain ran a $580,000 campaign or The Singles 1974-1978. The four-week campaign was the largest A&M had undertaken. By its third week, Singles was in Britain's Top 5 albums.

Yesterday Once More was #11 in Great Britain on December 15, 1984.

All of the compilations issued before 1985 contained the original album versions of the songs. Richard started remixing and remastering for the Yesterday Once More compilation. The Silver Eagle set in the US contained remastered versions of all 24 songs.

Twenty-Two Hits of the Carpenters was released in Japan during November 1995. It sold nearly one million copies by April 1996 and received a special gold disk award.1
Best of was #4 in Japan on February 10, 1996.1
Love Songs was #106 on Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart on May 16, 1998.
Interpretations was #29 in Britain on October 22, 1994.
Polydor K.K. released "Top of the World/I Need to Be in Love" which sold over 450,000 copies.1

SOURCES:
1. Billboard, February 10, 1996.

Gold 35th Anniversary was #101 on the Billboard Hot 200 cchart on April 3, 2004.

COMPILATION ALBUMS

KAREN CARPENTER SOLO ARTIST

WORLD NEWS 1980

I GUESS I JUST LOST MY HEAD

  • The Iran-Iraq war begins
  • Abscam implicated U.S. government officials

MY BODY KEEPS CHANGING MY MIND

  • The U.S. Supreme Court upholds limits on Federal aid for abortions

ALL BECAUSE OF YOU

  • CNN launched

STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU

  • John Lennon, Alfred Hitchcock, John-Paul Sartre, Jesse Owens and Mae West die

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1980

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Lady--Kenny Rogers
  • Call Me--Blondie
  • (Just Like) Starting Over--John Lennon
  • Upside Down--Diana Ross
  • Another Brick inthe Wall, Part II--Pink Floyd

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • The Wall--Pink Floyd
  • Glass Houses--Billy Joel
  • Emotional Rescue--Rolling Stones

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Record of the Year: What a Fool Believes--Doobie Brothers
  • Song of the Year: What a Fool Believes
  • Album of the Year: 52nd Street--Billy Joel
  • Against the Wind--Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer

UNRELEASED TRACKS

  • Love Making Love to You
  • Don't Try to Win Me Back
  • Something's Missing
  • Keep My Lovelight Burning
  • Midnight
  • Jimmy Mack
  • I Do It for Love
  • Truly You
  • Last One Singing the Blues
  • It's Really You

AWARDS

  • 1975--Best Rock Drummer of the Year--Playboy
  • 1999--#29 of 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll--VH1
  • 2008--#94 of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time--Rolling Stone

WORLD NEWS 1987

SAY YEAH!

  • British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wins third term
  • Ronald Reagan accepts responsibility for the Iran-Contra affair.
  • The U.S. Senate rejects Robert Bork as a Supreme Court justice.
  • Prozac is released in the U.S.
  • Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand make the first transatlantic hot-air balloon flight.

I'M STILL NOT OVER YOU

  • Andy Warhol, John Huston and James Baldwin die

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1987

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Faith--George Michael
  • Livin' on a Prayer--Bom Jovi
  • Alone--Heart
  • With or Without You--U2
  • La Bamba--Los Lobos

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Whitney--Whitney Houston
  • The Joshua Tree--U2
  • Dirty Dancing--Soundtrack
  • Slippery When Wet--Bon Jovi
  • Licensed to Ill--Beastie Boys

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Record of the Year: Higher Love--Steve Winwood
  • Song of the Year: That's What Friends Are For
  • Album of the Year: Graceland--Paul Simon

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: Platoon

RICHARD CARPENTER ON WORLD MUSIC CHARTS 1987

TIME ALBUM
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Britain
Japan

 ;
 ;

SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES SINGLE
CHART POSITION
Billboard Pop
Billboard Adult Contemporary
Cash Box
Australia
Britain
Japan

 ;
12

TIME PHOTOS

ime album and Ars Nova ad
Something in Your Eyes ad

WORLD NEWS 1997

WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN

  • Dolly, the genetically engineered sheep, is created
  • The U.S. begins exploring Mars; the space shuttle joins the Russian space station
  • A U.S. company launches the first commercial spy satellite

PRELUDE

  • The television show rating system debuts
  • J. K. Rowling publishes "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" in the U.K. In the U.S. it is retitled "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
  • The Hale-Bopp comet is at its closest point to Earth and won't be as close again until the year 4397.

FOR ALL WE KNOW

  • O. J. Simpson is found guilty in the civil suit of murdering his ex-wife and her friend
  • Two people are convicted in the first World Trade Center bombing
  • Timothy McVeigh is sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing
  • Israel gives up part of Hebron but sets the peace process back by approving a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem

TIME

  • William S. Burroughs, Jacques Cousteau, Xianoping Deng, Princess Diana, Mother Thereas, Allen Ginsberg, James Stewart, James Michener and Gianna Versace die

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 1997

#1 SINGLES WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Candle in the Wind 1997--Elton John
  • Something About the Way You Look Tonight--Elton John
  • I'll Be Missing You--Puff Daddy & Faith Evans
  • Can't Nobody Hold Me Down--Puff Daddy
  • Wannabe--Spice Girls

#1 ALBUMS WITH THE LONGEST RUN ON BILLBOARD:

  • Tragic Kingdom--No Doubt
  • Spice--Spice Girls
  • Life After Death--Notorious B.I.G.
  • Sevens--Garth Brooks

GRAMMY AWARDS

  • Record of the Year: Change the World--Eric Clapton
  • Song of the Year: Change the World
  • Album of the Year: Falling Into You--Celine Dion

ACADEMY AWARDS

  • Best Motion Picture: The English Patient
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