A lot of people laughed at The Carpenters. I did, you probably laughed too. Think of how many brides and grooms danced to that dorky song, "We've Only Just Begun".
Karen and Richard were so "uncool" when I was in school. A girl drummer and a goofy crushed velvet wearing wimpy looking guy. To top the geekness off, they were a brother and sister act.
A few of the blogs I read on a daily basis have been reminiscing about their favorite music from high school, college, and the 80's.
I was in high school in the early 70's. Not one person would ever admit to listening to or liking The Carpenters. Who on Earth would ever buy one of their albums?
::: Raises Hand :::
Hello, my name is Nancy, I am a recovered closet Carpenter fan. I no longer deny how great I think they are.
"Close to You" ..."Rainy Days and Mondays" ... "Top of the World" ... and my favorite "Superstar" were chart topping hits, never to be played at a school dance or house party. We would switch the radio station if they came on because who would actually listen to THAT?
They achieved number one hit after hit ... platinum records ... an extremely successful career. Albums, tours, television shows, performances for royalty and presidents. Someone was buying into them. Perhaps I wasn't the only one stashing Carpenter albums under my bed.
Besides being professionally accomplished musicians and song writers, they had an ability to captivate and entertain with a polished, clean, and fine tuned sound of their own. I am sure, at the time, they were mostly appreciated by a more adult contemporary listener ... and uh, closet high school fans.
Karen married and unfortunately died at an early age from an eating disorder, anorexia and bulimia. Richard married and has three daughters and one son. He has continued to keep The Carpenters legacy going.
Rarely do I hear a Carpenter song on the radio, but when I do, I no longer switch stations, but blare it as loud as I can.
Do you have a "closet" favorite band or singer?
"Superstar" ... yes she is.