Karen Carpenter Tribute

MaryO

Platinum Member
31 years ago today we lost one of my greatest influences: Karen Carpenter. Gone way too soon. In tribute I thought I would post one of my favorite vids of her playing drums. Check her out starting about the 3:05 mark on this video...amazing stuff. And she always seemed to just purely love playing the drums. RIP Karen...you are missed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm0kdP8LnLY
 

larryz

Platinum Member
And also in my top 3 all time favorite singers regardless of genres. Every singer on these reality shows should listen and watch Karen's total classy style. Understated with absolutely no need to shout or do vocal runs.
 

drummer-russ

Gold Member
Great Thread Mary. Also one of my influences and a great drummer. I also agree with the comment about her vocals. Clean, perfect pitch, controlled and just right for the music. What a loss.
 

MasterCylinder

Senior Member
31 years ago today we lost one of my greatest influences: Karen Carpenter. Gone way too soon. RIP Karen...you are missed.
During the last 3 months of 1973 I was on a sound company crew (roadie) that did a Carpenter's tour throughout the Southeast USA. At that time there was no evidence of her secret -- she was not as thin then as she is in this video.
 

MaryO

Platinum Member
During the last 3 months of 1973 I was on a sound company crew (roadie) that did a Carpenter's tour throughout the Southeast USA. At that time there was no evidence of her secret -- she was not as thin then as she is in this video.
I think this video was around 1980 so only about 3 years prior to her death. I'm not sure when it became a real problem but I don't think it was until her later years. Still a shame.
 

MasterCylinder

Senior Member
If I recall correctly, the autopsy revealed abuse of ipecac.
This abuse over many years will affect the muscles and heart.
Sounds like a horrible way to go...........
 

MaryO

Platinum Member
I read that the autopsy showed heart failure first, secondary to complications of the anorexia. Either way, it's a sad statement that she felt the pressure of what she felt society needed her to be. One day we will teach our girls to love WHO they are and embrace their physical idiosyncrasies.

But then I digress and preach....I'm sure these are not the things she would want to be remembered for.
 

larryz

Platinum Member
I recall in VH1 Behind the Music on Karen had an interview with her former fiancee or husband (?).. Some real jerk who non-chalantly said there was nothing he could do for her that he felt sorry for her blah blah. Like it was not his fault or his problem. A real piece of crap who seems like he was the problem. If anyone recalls who this jerk was please let us know.

Anyway, long live Karen :)
 

MasterCylinder

Senior Member
On the tour I worked (1973), she was very private and insecure.
Her brother, Richard was the exact opposite.

Karen was not yet married at that time.
 

MaryO

Platinum Member
She didn't marry until 1980 and it didn't last because he lied to her about having a vasectomy. Here's what Wikipedia says :

Carpenter dated a number of well-known men, including Mike Curb, Tony Danza, Terry Ellis, Mark Harmon, Steve Martin and Alan Osmond.[3] 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 performed by Carpenter at the ceremony, "Because We Are in Love", was released in 1981. Burris concealed from Carpenter, who desperately wanted children, the fact that he had undergone a vasectomy. Their marriage did not survive the deceit and ended after 14 months.[17]
 

larryz

Platinum Member
She didn't marry until 1980 and it didn't last because he lied to her about having a vasectomy. Here's what Wikipedia says :

Carpenter dated a number of well-known men, including Mike Curb, Tony Danza, Terry Ellis, Mark Harmon, Steve Martin and Alan Osmond.[3] 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 performed by Carpenter at the ceremony, "Because We Are in Love", was released in 1981. Burris concealed from Carpenter, who desperately wanted children, the fact that he had undergone a vasectomy. Their marriage did not survive the deceit and ended after 14 months.[17]
Thanks Mary. I think the developer guy was the culprit. Sounds like a real class act, huh? Here's an old thread that confirms my suspicions. The guy needed hit butt kicked. So it turned out the one guy Karen finally felt she could trust and take the leap with was a liar. Oh well. Again a great talent Karen was. Thanks for the reminder Mary.

http://www.amcorner.com/forum/threads/why-hasnt-tom-burris-ever-spoken-about-karen-carpenter.1859/
 
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