There is no denying the fact that The Carpenters were a huge hit during the 70’s. Richard and Karen Carpenter undoubtedly helped shape the current state of the music industry. The siblings have become known for their “Sunshine Pop” works, but do not let the name of the subgenre fool you into thinking it was a smooth-sailing ride. The two had more than their fair share of problems over the years, in fact. Keep reading to learn more about the story kept hidden from the general public.
Agnes Reuwer and Harold Bertram Carpenter had two children between them: Richard and Karen. The siblings had musical tendencies from the very beginning. However, they had different interests during their youth. Richard tended to spend time indoors and play the piano, whereas Karen liked to play sports with her friends. Nonetheless, their love for music would offset the differences.
In the beginning, their parents were unsure which direction Karen would go. In order to determine this, they presented the child with plenty of options. Not everyone can say that they took both ballet and tap dance at four years old.