After being called chubby as a teenager, Karen Carpenter began dieting. When she slimmed down from 145 to 120 lbs., her friends and family praised her weight loss. American pop singer Karen Carpenter, of brother and sister duo The Carpenters, in performance at the Royal Festival Hall, London. By the time she was 24, Karen Carpenter was already famous, having released more than a dozen hit records with her brother, Richard, including Close to You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Rainy Days and Mondays, Superstar and Top of the World.
An Account of Karen Carpenter’s Brave Battle Over the Years Against Anorexia Nervosa. A Sweet Surface Hid a Troubled Soul in the Late Karen Carpenter, a Victim of Anorexia Nervosa. On this day in History, Karen Carpenter dies of anorexia on Feb 04, 1983. Learn more about what happened today on History.
The constant round of recording and touring was beginning to take its toll on Karen Carpenter. Slimming and health foods were becoming fashionable in the early 1970s, particularly in image-conscious California. It was hard-rock everywhere! But we were ready to make our music, you know? And it was such a turnaround, I guess it caught people by surprise. ON TUESDAY, A&M RECORDS WILL release ”Karen Carpenter,” 16 years after she delivered it to the label and 13 years after her death.
A Brother Remembers
Sure, you grumble, of course Karen Carpenter could sing a damn Christmas song, the Carpenters were schlocky as hell. Know that suspending your cynicism comes with a reward, and that reward is an entire tradition of holiday music as American as rock & roll. The Carpenters Exhibit features photos, artifacts and memorabilia from Richard and Karen’s life and career, from childhood through mega-stardom. It is open during all Carpenter Center events, and by appointment, subject to the availability of the Carpenter Center. Learn about Karen Carpenter: her birthday, what she did before fame, her family life, fun trivia facts, popularity rankings, and more. Singing a version of Yesterday Once More as covered by Aimee Mann.