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Friday, January 07, 2011

Wandering Through the Forgotten Pathways of My Memories

Getting the tickets for the Kingston Trio concert started me searching for the songs of my youth.  Peter Paul and Mary, The Mamas and Papas, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, etc. Then I hit upon the Carpenters.  Karen, who considered herself to be "a drummer who sang" (and acknowledged as a great drummer by Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, among others) had a vocal range of three octaves but usually sang in contralto.  In my opinion, the most beautiful voice of the 20th Century.  Their hit song We've Only Just Begun was originally the musical background for a Crocker Bank TV/radio ad campaign.  Richard heard it and decided it was a perfect tune for his sister.  BOY! Was he ever right!
Here are two video captures recorded a few years apart.  I hope you enjoy them...

My wife and I were headed into the LA basin when the news came over the radio about her death in 1983.  We both softly wept.
"Let's all be careful out there!"


Anonymous said...

Hello Will,
I have never posted here but have read your blog for years.. I kinda lost track and was thinking about it today and looked it up... Sorry for your illness... Seems like your taking it pretty well. Hang in there and keep fighting... I will bookmark your sight this time... Stay strong...


jo said...

Hi Wil - I loved Karen Carpenter's voice. I remember singing to my children ' Top of the World' they loved it!

Thanks for the memories. x

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