Happy birthday Richard Carpenter. Half of the top family duo of the 70s turns 67 this week. Richard and his sister Karen Carpenter gave us some of the most memorable pop hits of the 70s.
Karen and Richard were raised in Downey, California. Beginning in 1969, they scored with a series of huge hits including Close To You, Superstar, Yesterday Once More and many others, including several #1 hits.
Karen died of heart failure from anorexia back in 1983. Richard continues to record and tour some. The Carpenters' unique sound, spotlighting Karen's vocals, sold millions of records in the 70s.