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The Carpenters - Top Of The World.
Top Of The World.....
is not only the title of one of the bands most successful songs it was where they were until the untimely and shocking death of Karen Carpenter in her early thirties.
Richard and Karen Carpenter were at the pinnacle of their pop careers but had both been troubled by demons in their personal lives.
Quite typical of successful pop artists both back then and today. Drink, drugs and addiction abound with their high profile lifestyles and success it seems that most are never really expecting to be so successful and many find it hard to cope with everyday life after this kind of ultimate success. Imagine not being able to go about your everyday life without being swamped by adoring fans and photographers watching your every move.
No wonder they are pushed over the edge. After all these mega stars are, at the end of the day just like we are, with all the hang ups and confidence issues that we all have to carry throughout our lives.
A beautiful young woman at the height of her career when she was struck down as a constant battle with Anorexia Nervosa. I can remember having a schoolboy crush on her as she was 14 years my senior and would now be around the age of 62. This would make it around 30 years since her untimely death. A great loss to the music industry with her silky smooth and at times deep voice, nobody until recently could match her for the tone and range of her wonderful voice. That is until now. Rumer has been dubbed as the replacement for Karen Carpenter and the more I hear her the more I am believing this to be true.
At times she sounds just like KC and if you didn't know any different you would swear that Karen Carpenter has been reincarnated in the form of Rumer. Only you can decide this for yourself so why not have a listen to Rumer on her you tube channel.
Richard Carpenter the song writer of the brother and sister act had a phenomenal song writing ability. He had a great skill for writing songs and melodies for a commercial market and sold over 100 million albums over his career.
He now lives for his great car collection and charity work and the Carpenters have their own foundation.
Hit after hit.
For many years the hits and the success just kept coming and coming like an unstoppable train. Richard Carpenter could do no wrong and everything he wrote became massive.
The Carpenters Greatest Hits
1 Yesterday Once More (Remix)
2 Superstar (Remix)
3 Rainy Days And Mondays (Remix)
4 Top Of The World (Single Mix)
5 Ticket To Ride
6 Goodbye To Love (Remix)
7 This Masquerade
8 Hurting Each Other
10 We've Only Just Begun (Remix)
11 Those Good Old Dreams
12 Please Mr Postman
13 I Won't Last A Day Without You
14 Touch Me When We're Dancing
15 Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
16 For All We Know
17 All You Get From Love Is A Love Song
18 (They Long To Be) Close To You
19 Only Yesterday
20 Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft
The Future is Rumer.
The next Karen Carpenter with an equally velvety tone to her voice Rumer has made a big impression with her good looks and great presence on stage. Singer songwriter Rumer sounds as good live as she does on record.
Take a look for yourself on You Tube for both Rumer and The Carpenters and let me know what you think.
I always look forward and welcome comments on my articles.
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