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Karen Carpenter
March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983
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Karen Carpenter
Karen Carpenter was the lead singer for the soft-rock duo the Carpenters, who scored a string of Top 10 hits in the early '70s, including "Close to You," "We've Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays," and "Yesterday Once More."

Karen Carpenter recorded one solo album in the late '70s, yet it was unreleased at the time.

Following the recording of the record, she returned to the Carpenters, and they had one final Top 40 hit: "Touch Me When We're Dancing" in 1981 before she tragically died of heart failure, brought on by anorexia nervosa, in February of 1983.

Karen's drumming was praised by fellow drummers Hal Blaine, Cubby O'Brien, Buddy Rich and Modern Drummer magazine.

Many people are unaware that Karen had an impeccable ability to play the drums, in part because the public wanted a singing Karen Carpenter, rather than a drumming Karen Carpenter.

However Karen always considered herself a "drummer who sang."

Carpenter started playing the drums in 1964. She was always enthusiastic about the drums, and taught herself how to play complicated drum lines with "exotic time signatures".

Her unreleased solo album, titled Karen Carpenter, was finally released in the fall of 1996.

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