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  posted on 7/30/2009 at 09:41 PM
every time. I've got my iTunes on shuffle and a Carpenters' song just came on. It's been a long time since I've heard one of their tunes. I don't know; it kind of gave me the chills and took me some place I haven't thought about in a long time.

Granted some of their songs were a little corny but no one could sing like her. Tragic she died so soon. RIP Karen.

 

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  posted on 7/30/2009 at 11:14 PM
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every time. I've got my iTunes on shuffle and a Carpenters' song just came on. It's been a long time since I've heard one of their tunes. I don't know; it kind of gave me the chills and took me some place I haven't thought about in a long time.

Granted some of their songs were a little corny but no one could sing like her. Tragic she died so soon. RIP Karen.


Love her voice and she was a pretty good drummer too

 

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  posted on 7/30/2009 at 11:32 PM
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every time. I've got my iTunes on shuffle and a Carpenters' song just came on. It's been a long time since I've heard one of their tunes. I don't know; it kind of gave me the chills and took me some place I haven't thought about in a long time.

Granted some of their songs were a little corny but no one could sing like her. Tragic she died so soon. RIP Karen.
Love her voice and she was a pretty good drummer too
And do-o-o-o-o-o-n't you fergit IT!

 

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  posted on 7/30/2009 at 11:33 PM
I always thought she was a great singer..loved/still love her voice....what a shame how she ended up...very tragic....

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 01:55 AM
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So they sprinkled moondust in his hair
And golden starlight in his eyes of blue................

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 03:46 AM
try this one the next time you and your girlfriend are
at the park feeding the ducks at the pond :

"Why do ducks suddenly appear ?...
Everytime ... you are near? ....
Just like me .. they long to be ....
Flockin' you ...

ohhh ... oh ... oh ... oh ... oh
flockin' you "

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 07:31 AM
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On the day StratDal was born, the angels got together
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So they sprinkled moondust in his hair
And golden starlight in his eyes of blue................


LMAOOL!!! You should hear Mrs. Strat's version!

moondust in his hair... maybe that's why I'm losing it now (and not just my hair!)

Thanks Rob! Made my day and it's only 5:30 a.m.!

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 07:44 AM
She has a nice voice and all but I have a theory that the Carpenters helped kill rock n roll........

In the early 70s after Hendrix and Joplin and Morrison died and when the Beatles broke up, little by little the music industry was replacing great rock n roll with "insipid" and "bland" non-rockers. By the mid 70s there were too many of em and little by little rock was taking a commercial back seat to pop and disco. If artists like the Carpenters never came around perhaps classic rock no roll might have been going strong thru the 70s and into the 80s.

Just my theory!

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 07:51 AM
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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 08:34 AM
The Carpenters were the first live band I ever saw. It was in Indiana, at Notre Dame. I was on vacation with my parents, and they saw advertisements & got tix. I was probably about 10 years old or so.

Little did my folks realize that they created a monster when it came to going to live shows. I guess I should thank them, even if it was the Carpenters.

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 09:39 AM
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The Carpenters were the first live band I ever saw. It was in Indiana, at Notre Dame. I was on vacation with my parents, and they saw advertisements & got tix. I was probably about 10 years old or so.

Little did my folks realize that they created a monster when it came to going to live shows. I guess I should thank them, even if it was the Carpenters.


my first was Bob Seger (68), but saw Karen and Richard a couple years later...

she was not only talented but easy on the eyes as well.
Most guys my age had a huge crush on her

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 10:30 AM
I think Karen Carpenter had a beautiful voice. It's sad that this lovely, talented woman didn't realize how special she was...

 

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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 10:59 AM
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she was not only talented but easy on the eyes as well.
Most guys my age had a huge crush on her


Remember back around '71, I had a girlfriend that looked exactly like Karen Carpenter, she even played drums, unfortunately she didn't have Karen voice.

Btw, y'all do know the writers of the Carpenter's hit "Superstar" are Leon Russell & Bonnie Bramlett. Bonnie herself sings a great version of the song.

Anyway, here's a cool story about the song. Didn't know Karen's vocals on this song was a "first take".

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Occasionally, the Carpenters return home early enough from the recording studio or concert dates to catch Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. One evening as Richard was watching the show, a female singer with a Mae West strut was going to perform a love song of today about a groupie. It was Bette Midler singing Superstar. Again, Richard heard the song as a totally different musical conception in his mind and was excited by its potential.

Ironically, although it was first recorded by Rita Coolidge on the Joe Cocker Mad Dogs And Englishmen album, Superstar is a song almost tailored to Karen's voice. Heavy on the most singable vowel sounds and perfect for her vocal range, it is a natural. The vocal track that you hear on this album is the first time that Karen ever sang Superstar, reading the lyrics written on a napkin. Her interpretation was so perfect, they decided to utilize this "first take luck." Even though the album with that song on it had already sold a million copies by the time that Superstar was released, it became the fifth gold single for the Carpenters within eight weeks.



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  posted on 7/31/2009 at 08:59 PM
Barry wrote:
"In the early 70s after Hendrix and Joplin and Morrison died and when the Beatles broke up, little by little the music industry was replacing great rock n roll with "insipid" and "bland" non-rockers. By the mid 70s there were too many of em and little by little rock was taking a commercial back seat to pop and disco. If artists like the Carpenters never came around perhaps classic rock no roll might have been going strong thru the 70s and into the 80s."

I agree to an extent (and particularly the mid-70s), but Rock n Roll came back in the late 70s as Disco passed it's peak. While surely not like the late 60s/early 70s, these are rock albums just from 1977-1979: Street Survivors, Draw The Line, Running on Empty, Slowhand, Rumours, Point of Know Return, Animals, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Hotel California, Outlandos d'Amour, Champagne Jam, Waiting for Columbus, Van Halen, Dire Straits, The Cars, At Budokan, Highway to Hell, Damn the Torpedoes, In Through The out Door, Rust Never Sleeps, Strangers in The Night, The Wall, Unleashed In The East, London Calling, Stranger in Town, Who Are You...

If that is after classic rock n roll had died off, give me another round!

 

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  posted on 8/1/2009 at 10:56 AM
Superstar was my favorite, but honestly, I don't see how anyone can listen to that voice and not appreciated it. Just think what she could have done given more time. Bette Midler also did a pretty sweet recording of Superstar.
 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 03:19 AM
She had one of the most rich, deep, and soothing voices ever. I have their greatest hits and give it a spin every once in a while.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 09:43 AM
First record I ever bought when I was a kid was a Carpenters record
The harmonies ( or layered vocals ) on Close to You
gave me goosebumps.....but that may have been because
I had a a huge crush on her.......

....soon the Carpenters were replaced by Three Dog Night
and the Grassroots......

....and then I heard a friend play his copy of LAFE.....and I was gone.....
...wow LOL !

 

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  posted on 8/4/2009 at 09:13 AM
much agreeded ~ she had a very soothing & simply beautiful voice...

 

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  posted on 8/4/2009 at 09:17 AM
My first concert was Muddy Waters backing up Sha Na Na.

My second was BW Stevenson (My Maria) backing up the Carpenters.

Liked her voice, still have a couple of their albums.

 

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