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Karen Carpenter
(1950-1983) born on
Mar 02
US singer. She sold, with brother Richard, over 80 million records; first hit was "Close to You," 1970.
I had no idea whether I could play 'em or not, but I wanted to and I was very determined. . . but the band director said #That's not really normal.' Of course, all you have to tell me is that something's not normal and I'll go for it!!

I remember thinking back then, 'Oh God, if we don't get a hit by the time I'm 20 I have to kill myself!' Well, we JUST made it, because it came out in late May, right after I turned 20, and within 6 weeks it was number one.
We came out right in the middle of the hard-rock period . . . it was hard-rock everywhere! But we were ready to make our music, you know? And it was such a turnaround, I guess it caught people by surprise.
Our first single, 'Ticket To Ride', was a kind of half-hit, half flop: in some places it was number one, in others it was ash-tray material.
It's kinda nice to be remembered by your peers and your fans, because you can achieve a lot of success and be a creep too! But we try to be nice, just normal people.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: On her love for playing drums; from a "BBC Radio Special Tribute", 1993.
R: On "Close to You," the Carpenter's first hit, 1970.
A: On the surprising popularity of their soft hits; from a "BBC Radio Special Tribute", 1993.
N: From a "BBC Radio Special Tribute", 1993.
K: From a "BBC Radio Special Tribute", 1993.

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