Karen Carpenter Funeral

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Karen Carpenter Funeral

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  • Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo The Carpenters. Her drumming skills were considerable, but it is for her vocal performances that she is best remembered.
  • Karen Carpenter is a solo CD released by A&M Records in 1996. All of the songs on the album were from the New York solo sessions with producer Phil Ramone in 1979 and 1980.


  • The ceremonies honoring a dead person, typically involving burial or cremation
  • A sermon delivered at such a ceremony
  • A procession of mourners at a burial
  • A funeral is a ceremony for celebrating, sanctifying, or remembering the life of a deceased person. Funerary customs comprise the complex of beliefs and practices used by a culture to remember the dead, from the funeral itself, to various monuments, prayers, and rituals undertaken in their honor
  • Funeral is the debut full-length album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on September 14, 2004 in North America by Merge Records and on February 28, 2005 in Europe by Rough Trade Records.
  • a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated; “hundreds of people attended his funeral”

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Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters
Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters
A fascinating look at one of the most unforgettable groups of the ’70s. You’ll see Richard and Karen Carpenter performing lots of their classic songs, plus rare archival footage and tributes by Herb Alpert, Les Paul, Burt Bacharach and more. Contains exclusive footage not seen on the PBS broadcast. 1997/color/75 min/NR/fullscreen.

When Karen Carpenter died on February 4, 1983 at the age of 32, more than one generation mourned. Karen and her brother, Richard, had achieved monumental success as purveyors of soft-rock soulfulness, aided by their wholesome, wistful looks. After all, these were the hard-rocking, disco-throbbing ’70s, yet with classics like “Close to You,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” and “We’ve Only Just Begun,” the pair blurred the lines of musical class. But no one knew–or at least talked about–Karen’s debilitating bouts of bulimia and ongoing battle against the ravaging effects of anorexia. Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters is more a gracious memento than a documentary and presents a rather biased view, heavily influenced by Richard’s opinion and commentary. Beginning with the duo’s early major success, winning a Battle of the Bands at the Hollywood Bowl, it’s a quick trip through the salad years including the first record deal with Herb Alpert’s A&M Records. Alpert calls his initial listen to the Carpenters’ demo tape “love at first hear.” That appears to be true for everyone who came into contact with them, as band members, songwriters Burt Bacharach and Paul Williams, and singer Petula Clark readily testify. The hits and the TV specials are reviewed, too, but something feels missing from this glimpse, which barely scratches the surface. It’s obvious to anyone watching the film that Karen, who really wanted to be known as a drummer who sang, not the other way around, was in immense pain and terribly conflicted. Yet by the final credits, we know little more about her than we did before. She remains an enigma and this peek at her life–and Richard’s–feels too protective of her memory to tell the whole truth. –Paula Nechak

Karen Carpenter & Her Father…

Karen Carpenter & Her Father...
Photo of a photo taken by me back in December of 1982. This is Karen and her father Harold Carpenter (A Real Gentlemen).

Unfortunately this was Karen’s last Christmas, a season she loved so very much.

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The marquee at the church where Karen Carpenter’s funeral was held.

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Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter
Little Girl Blue is an intimate profile of Karen Carpenter, a girl from a modest Connecticut upbringing who became a Southern California superstar.
Karen was the instantly recognizable lead singer of the Carpenters. The top-selling American musical act of the 1970s, they delivered the love songs that defined a generation. Little Girl Blue reveals Karen’s heartbreaking struggles with her mother, brother, and husband; the intimate disclosures she made to her closest friends; her love for playing drums and her frustrated quest for solo stardom; and the ups and downs of her treatment for anorexia nervosa. After her shocking death at 32 years of age in 1983, she became the proverbial poster child for that disorder; but the other causes of her decline are laid bare for the first time in this moving account.
Little Girl Blue is Karen Carpenter’s definitive biography, based on exclusive interviews with her innermost circle of girlfriends and nearly 100 others, including childhood friends, professional associates, and lovers.