In the early s, The Carpenters - brothers Karen and Richard - topped the charts, but behind the scenes, things were far from rosy. And around 80 million people agreed with me, so there. But love them or loathe them, most are familiar with the tragedy behind the 70s pop icons, with Karen a victim of anorexia nervosa. The eating disorder eventually led to her death from heart failure in — she was just And it seems that behind the all-American smiles, there were other difficulties for the pair, who notched up hit after chart-topping hit.
Karen Carpenter: all she needed was love
Karen Carpenter: all she needed was love — The Downey Patriot
The Carpenters were one of the biggest-selling American musical acts of all time. They notched up 10 gold singles, nine gold albums, one multi-platinum album and three Grammy awards. Richard was the musical driving force but it was Karen's effortless voice that lay behind the Carpenters' hits. Promoted from behind the drums to star vocalist, she became one of the decade's most instantly recognisable female singers. But there was a tragic discrepancy between her public and private selves. Offstage, away from the spotlight, she felt desperately unloved by her mother, Agnes, who favoured Richard, and struggled with low self-esteem, eventually developing anorexia nervosa from which she never recovered. She died at the age of
Karen Carpenter and the mystery of the missing album
Karen Carpenter was the instantly recognisable smooth voice of the wholesome s brother-sister band, The Carpenters. Together, they sold million records and had 17 hits before Karen's shocking death from anorexia at the age of 32 in In those days, eating disorders like anorexia were little-heard of and even less understood. Today, an estimated , people suffer from eating disorders in Ireland.
Please refresh the page and retry. Which raises the question, how do you lose an album? It is not the kind of thing you leave on the bus. The truth, astonishingly, is that it was lost on purpose.