40 years without Karen Carpenter. Individual vocals of the singer appear on the networks

Karen Carpenter was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful, strong and sweet voices in the history of world music. A complete artist, she was able to combine a contralto voice with the drums she mastered like few women at the time. And this month, when it’s been 40 years since the Carpenters singer’s death, an exciting surprise for fans.

Some of the artist’s songs with featured vocals appeared on Youtube: “Close to You” and “Yesterday Once More”. Now you can see how special he was. (see below)

In the videos, you can clearly see and hear the tuning, bass and treble that Karen has achieved, even while playing drums in the band. She had a distinctly impressive three-octave contralto range.

revered by giants

American singer and drummer Karen worked with her brother Richard, who is 3 years older than her and a piano prodigy. They formed the duo Carpenters and burst onto the scene in the 1970s.

Karen Carpenter is often considered one of the greatest singers of all time. Paul McCartney said he had “the best female voice in the world”.

Elton John said he had “one of the greatest voices of our life”.

2010 Rolling Stone She was ranked number 94 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, calling her voice “incredibly lush and almost shockingly intimate”. […] “Even the sweetest songs sound like he’s looking straight into your eyes.”

early departure

Karen Carpenter was born on March 2nd, 1950 and died at the very young age of 32 from anorexia nervosa on February 4th, 1983.

The untimely death drew media and world attention to the disease, which was little known at the time. The cause of eating disorders has gained greater visibility and awareness.

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that causes an excessive concern about body weight, causing a distorted image between what the patient sees and what is real, as well as causing serious psychiatric problems. A person looks in the mirror and, despite being extremely thin, sees himself as fat.

The official cause of death was heart failure caused by complications from anorexia nervosa, a disorder she had suffered from a young age.

He weighed 41 kg

Karen Carpenter began dieting in high school on medical advice. He even reduced the weight to 54 kg at that time.

As an adult, she continued to think she was fat and lost another 9 kg.

In September 1975, Carpenter weighed 41 kg and was 1.63 m tall.

Fans reacted with surprise at their skeletal appearance during live performances, with many writing to the pair to ask what was wrong.

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Medical assistance

The family sought medical help several times. In September 1982, he was admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, where he was put on intravenous parenteral nutrition.

The procedure was a success, and she gained weight in a relatively short time, but it put a strain on her heart, which was already weakened by years of poor diet.

On February 1, 1983, Karen Carpenter saw her brother for the last time and discussed new plans for The Carpenters and resuming touring.

Three days later, on February 4th, she collapsed in her bedroom at her parents’ home in Downey shortly after waking up that day.

Paramedics found her heart was beating every 10 seconds. He was pronounced dead at 9:51 a.m. at PIH Health Hospital – Downey.

The family then established the Karen A. Carpenter Memorial Foundation, which raised money for research into anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders.

Family problems

Karen had a difficult relationship with her parents. They hoped that the musical talents of the singer’s brother Richard would be recognized and he would enter the world of music, but they were not prepared for the success of their daughter.

The singer continued to live with them until 1974. In 1976, Carpenter bought two apartments in Century City and turned them into one. The interesting thing was the call. it only played the opening notes of We’ve Only Just Begun; The Carpenters immortalized song says that we are just getting started and that there is a future ahead.

The marriage did not work out

Karen married real estate developer Thomas James Burris on August 31, 1980.

Divorced with an 18-year-old son, Burris was nine years Karen’s senior and didn’t want any more children.

Her then-husband refused the surgery in favor of a vasectomy, and their marriage did not survive the impasse. It ended 14 months later.

huge success

The Carpenters scored dozens of historic hits, the first of which was Ticket to Ride, a Beatles cover that later became the album’s title track.

The song was released as the Carpenters’ first single and peaked at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The follow-up album, 1970’s Close to You, contained two hit singles: (They Long to Be) Close to You and We’ve Only Just Begun. They reached number one and number two respectively on the Hot 100.

In addition to other hits such as Please Mr. Postman, only yesterday, I must fall in love, this masquerade, yesterday once again, rainy days and Mondays, there is a kind of rush, for all we know and a soloist.

In 1980, Karen performed an incredible and historic duet with Ella Fitzgerald on the Carpenters’ TV show Music, Music, Music. (see below)

Karen Carpenter was a truly brilliant artist.

Karen and her brother and partner Richard Carpenter in the 1970s – Photo: Publicity

Check out NetMusic’s video below, back isolated vocals From “(They Long to Be) Close to You” by The Carpenters. Just below, another video with a delicious Close To You.

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