11 August 2010

K is for Karen Carpenter

"Why do birds suddenly appear?
Everytime you are near
Just like me they long to be
Close to you"

Karen Carpenter (1950 –1983) was a singer who topped the charts with her brother Richard as The Carpenters. Karen's talent as a drummer was great, however it would be her vocal talent that would make her world-famous. Richard was a child prodigy on the piano, however his sister just wasn't interested when she was growing up. Eventually taking up percussion and working with Richard, it was her distinctive vocal range which brought her out from behind the drum kit. There were very few alto singers in popular music, and Karen had a wide vocal range that spanned about three octaves. Karen's lower range (her "basement" as she called it) was her greatest strength.

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