How to choose music - one CD - with Karen Carpenter is one I would take to a deserted Desert Island

My Favorite Music, is this what you would take to a desert island?

Friends and yours truly were listening to some great music. Namely The Carpenters, Karen Carpenter is my all time favorite female singer. Sitting around the old campfire celebrating my birthday (actually it was a Patio heater), getting too old for this outdoor kind of stuff, and our thoughts and conversions got around to the old desert island thing. You know, if you were marooned on a desert island and were only allowed to take one of a certain thing, what would you take?.

The subject which created the most heat (excuse the pun) was music.

You should try it if the parties getting a bit dull.

More specifically we narrowed it down to:- You are only permitted to take one cd and you have to nominate the name of the CD.

So we all selected our cd's and you know what , there was not two the same not even by the same performer.

What would you select

OK here's the deal:- If you can pick the cd album that I chose and I'll give you a clue in a tick, you will get a prize. Yes folks I'll let you join my Fan club.

And just to let you know that I will not cheat, I've written the name down on a piece of paper. Honest!, do I look like I would tell a lie.

The Mystery CD is Startrax by The Carpenters
The Mystery CD is Startrax by The Carpenters

Top of the World by The Carpenters

Clues

Here's the clues:-

1) " Its by a group, the lead singer is no longer with us and they were very popular. Not obscure".

2)The lead singer is a female.

3)You could understand the words.

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Stop the Press

Sorry folks the major prize has gone off and the winner is:


........SPRYTE...... check out her profile

And the title of the CD is Startrax by The Carpenters!

I would also like to hear what other people would like to take to their own desert island , so put on your thinking caps and let me know.



Brief History of the "Carpenters"


The "Carpenters" were a vocal and instrumental duo, consisting of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter. Though often referred to by the public as "The Carpenters", the duo's official name on authorized recordings and press materials is simply "Carpenters", without the definite article. It's pretty hard when your talking about them to just say "Carpenter".
 In the 1970s when louder and wilder rock was in great demand, Richard and Karen produced a distinctively soft musical style that made them one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
The "Carpenters'" melodic pop charted a record-breaking score of hit recordings on the American Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, becoming leading sellers in the soft rock, easy listening and adult contemporary genres. The Carpenters had three #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and fifteen #1 hits on the Adult Contemporary Chart. In addition, they had twelve top 10 singles (including their #1 hits). To date, The Carpenters' album and single sales total more than 100 million units.

During their fourteen-year career, The Carpenters recorded eleven albums, five of which contained top 10 singles including Close to You, Carpenters, A Song for You, Now & Then and Horizon, thirty-one singles, five television specials, and one short-lived television series. They toured in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium. Their recording career ended with Karen's death on February 4, 1983.

 Karen passed away on the morning of Friday February 4 1983 at the age of 32,after cardiac arrest due to complications of anorexia nervosa. Extensive news coverage of the circumstances surrounding her death increased public awareness of the consequences of eating disorders.

The Carpenter's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Carpenter's Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Movie History

Two movies have been made about Karen Carpenter. Her brother Richard apparently intervened to limit the distribution of one called "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story", which I believe used Barbie Dolls in one dipiction in the movie. Richard had the movie pulled on the basis that permission was not received to used the Carpenter's tracks!
 In 1989 another movie was made for TV called "The Karen Carpenter Story" starring Cynthia Gibb and was produced with Richard Carpenter's cooperation.
 The movie was well received and boosted record sales for many weeks when ever it was shown.

Richard Carpenter

At the time of researching this article Richard Carpenter lives with his wife Mary and their four daughters and one son in California, and they are supporters of the arts.
Some years ago the couple pledged a large sum of money in memory of his sister Karen to the Thousand Oaks Civid Arts Plaza Foundation.
On September 20 2006 the first annual "Richard Carpenter Scholarship Competition Award Show" was held at the Civic Arts Plaza.
Richard and daughters Traci and Mindi performed together after the show.
In 2007 Richard and his wife Mary won the Philanthropists of the Year Award of Ventura County.

My own desert island

Although the group was known as "Carpenters" I feel that Karen was the leading light and would have succeeded in her own right as a solo singer.

And if I was to chose I was have Karen Carpenter with me on My own desert island.

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earnestshub 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

Is it Seargent pepper?


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Nice try earnesthub but no cigar for you.

Here's another clue. One member plays the piano.


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Brainstormer 8 years ago from Australia

OK I will bite. I would have said the Beatles, I mean Paul plays the piano. Then going through your next clue I realised that a whole heap of bands have had their lead singer killed off. Queen, INXS, Boston, Quiet Riot, Warumpi Band, Big Country, stop me anytime soon please, Hi Five. I give up. Nother clue please.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Sorry Brainman, no cuppie doll for your either.

Another clue? OK the lead singer is female.

Don't forget I'm looking for the Album name.


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Wow, that is very interesting, but far to complicated for me:) However, I am very curious about your favorite packet to take with to the desert island. At the end of this show here, you could add a video from Youtube to this hub for us to taste your music taste:)


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Talk about complicated. I find Youtube very confusing to navigate around. OK for you young bucks. I would love to put up a video if you would please show me how?. (: P


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

I know!  I know!!!

 It's the Carpenters isn't it?  :) And of course their best album was their collection of greatest hits.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

(clap)(clap)(clap) Gold Star for Spryte. Well done!!!!!!!!

The Album in Australia was  called I think "Startrax" and my favorite song is "Make believe it's your first time",  beautiful "mood" song if you get my drift.

You sure wer'e not related?


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

*bows* ty ty...

I know that song :) And unless you've finally adopted me...we aren't related in the familial sense. But then again Mom may not have told me everything...

Where were you in 1962...September or October...


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

H'mmmmm. 1962 eh... Moms name happen to be ..........(thinks to ones self as one often does)..........."now what was that girls name with whom I celebrated my birthday?".

See I'm trying to talk proper in case good old Shade should ever drop in.

Does he get upset if you call him "shade".


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

I've seen people call him a lot of things...and he only seems to react to the word rediculous.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

He might be related to the girl on my Spider Phobia Hub who has a phobia about the color red?.


spryte profile image

spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

Bulls?

Smart bulls?


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Smart bulls eh. I wondered where SNAGS came from.


spryte profile image

spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

The 1990's...I think.

SNAG = Sensitive New Age Guy, right?


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

Bull=smart bull=SNAG=sausage=S.N.A.G.(must be the ozzie thing or the generation gap, I can't remember whitch. (now witch which is whitch).


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

You know...I even have one of those "How to understand an Aussie" books on my desk and I still didn't know what a snag was. My sausage usually comes from a pig...*nods*...yeah....well, I'm pretty sure that was the food source, but it's a sausage...which is only one step away from a hot dog, so who knows.


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

I may be a fox, but I'm not just a pretty face.

Sausages,aka "mystery bags"

You know what "happened" to B'man. We have to be vewy vewy careful!

Being what I am I much prefer Chicken Balls (you might know them as nuggets?.


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

I've heard of chicken nuggets...but I prefer chicken "tenders"...which are only breast meat and not as questionable as those served up by McDonalds. :)

Did something more happen to the B-man that I missed?


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agvulpes 8 years ago from Australia Author

No I see youv'e already "...*smacks you upside the head*... to good ol' B'man.

You haven't been channeling my Angel perchange, she's being a proper pill today, went shopping with swmbo and got lost (2min). wants to do handstands, tries to be coa ALL of the times, u know usual kids and spryte stuff.


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