Karen Carpenter was one half of the Carpenters, her brother Richard being the other half. Richard played electric piano (and a variety of other similar instruments), Karen played drums, and both sang – although it was Karen’s voice that was the more popular. Offering a softer, more melodic alternative to the loudness and wildness of Seventies rock (the golden age of heavy metal), they became among the best-selling artists of their age. Their output consisted mostly of covers, such as “(They Long to Be) Close to You” was a #1 hit for them in America, “Please Mr. Postman” and “We’ve Only Just Begun”.
Karen Carpenter was longtime sufferer of anorexia nervosa. She died in 1983 of complications resulting from her anorexia, but in doing so, she helped to bring anorexia into greater prominence, leading to greater attention from the medical and psychiatric community.
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