Karen Anne Carpenter was born on March 2, 1950, she was an American drummer and singer who, along with her elder brother Richard, was part of the duo The Carpenters.
She was praised for her 3-octave contralto vocal range. Her drumming abilities were viewed positively by other musicians and critics. Her struggles with eating disorders would later raise awareness of anorexia and body dysmorphia.
Karen Carpenter’s last Photo
Some of her songs include; Rainy days and Mondays, Yesterday Once More, Close to you, Top of the World, Goodbye to love, Let me be the one, happy, 1980 Medley and many others.
In early interviews, Carpenter showed no interest in marriage or dating, believing that a relationship would not survive constant touring, adding “as long as we’re on the road most of the time, I will never marry”.She later dated several notable men, including Mike Curb, Tony Danza, Terry Ellis, Mark Harmon, Steve Martin and Alan Osmond. After a whirlwind romance, she married real-estate developer Thomas James Burris on August 31, 1980, in the Crystal Room of The Beverly Hills Hotel. Burris, divorced with an 18-year-old son, was nine years her senior. A new song she performed at the ceremony, “Because We Are in Love”, was released in 1981. The couple settled in Newport Beach.
Cause of death
The lead singer of The Carpenters, the Grammy-winning band she’d formed with her brother, died on this day, Feb. 4, in 1983, of heart failure related to her years-long struggle with anorexia.