The Carpenters

The Carpenters hit songs and albums
The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings; singer and drummer Karen (born March 2, 1950, in New Haven, Connecticut) and musician, record producer, songwriter, and music arranger Richard Carpenter (born October 15, 1946). They first performed together as a duo in 1965 and formed the jazz-oriented Richard Carpenter Trio followed by the MOR group Spectrum, before settling on The Carpenters when they were signed to A&M by an impressed label owner and legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert in 1969. The Carpenters made their UK chart debut with the Bacharach & David standard (They Long To Be) Close To You after it had been a Number 1 in the US, kicking off a string of singles success through the seventies. The Carpenters had one of the biggest-selling albums of the decade with the compilation The Singles: 1969–1973, which became the first of their three Official UK Album Chart Number 1s. The Carpenters have sold over 90 million records throughout their career, but effectively ended when Karen died of heart failure as a result of a long-running battle with consequence of anorexia nervosa in February 4, 1983.
  • 0
    UK Number 1s
  • 7
    UK Top 10s
  • 17
    UK Top 40s
  • 22
    UK Top 75s
  • 0
    Weeks at Number 1
  • 24
    Weeks in Top 10
  • 130
    Weeks in Top 40
  • 173
    Weeks in Top 75
  • 3
    UK Number 1s
  • 11
    UK Top 10s
  • 21
    UK Top 40s
  • 25
    UK Top 75s
  • 29
    Weeks at Number 1
  • 138
    Weeks in Top 10
  • 446
    Weeks in Top 40
  • 665
    Weeks in Top 75
Date Title, Artist Peak
Pos
WoC Wks
No 1
Chart
Facts
05.09.
1970
(THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU
A&M AMS800
06 18 00
09.01.
1971
WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN
A&M AMS813
28 07 00
18.09.
1971
SUPERSTAR/FOR ALL WE KNOW
A&M AMS864
18 13 00
Buy
01.01.
1972
MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING
A&M AME601
45 01 00
23.09.
1972
I WON'T LAST A DAY WITHOUT YOU
A&M AMS7023
49 01 00
30.09.
1972
GOODBYE TO LOVE
CARPENTERS
A&M AMS7023
09 15 00
07.07.
1973
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE
CARPENTERS
A&M AMS7073
02 17 00
20.10.
1973
TOP OF THE WORLD
CARPENTERS
A&M AMS7086
05 18 00
02.03.
1974
JAMBALAYA
CARPENTERS
A&M AMS7098
12 11 00
08.06.
1974
I WON'T LAST A DAY WITHOUT YOU {1974}
A&M AMS7111
32 05 00
Buy
18.01.
1975
PLEASE MR POSTMAN
CARPENTERS
A&M AMS7141
02 12 00
19.04.
1975
ONLY YESTERDAY
CARPENTERS
A&M AMS7159
07 10 00
30.08.
1975
SOLITAIRE
CARPENTERS
A&M AMS7187
32 05 00
20.12.
1975
SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN
A&M AMS7144
37 04 00
Buy
27.03.
1976
THERE'S A KIND OF HUSH
A&M AMS7219
22 06 00
03.07.
1976
I NEED TO BE IN LOVE
A&M AMS7238
36 05 00
08.10.
1977
09 09 00
11.02.
1978
SWEET SWEET SMILE
CARPENTERS
A&M AMS7327
40 04 00
22.10.
1983
MAKE BELIEVE IT'S THE FIRST TIME
A&M AM147
60 03 00
08.12.
1990
25 05 00
Buy
13.02.
1993
RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS
A&M AMCD0180
63 02 00
24.12.
1994
TRYIN' TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN
A&M 5807612
44 02 00
Date Title, Artist Peak
Pos
WoC Wks
No 1
Chart
Facts
23.01.
1971
CLOSE TO YOU
CARPENTERS
A&M AMLS998
23 76 00
30.10.
1971
THE CARPENTERS
CARPENTERS
A&M AMLS63502
11 37 00
15.04.
1972
TICKET TO RIDE
CARPENTERS
HAMLET AMLP8001
20 05 00
23.09.
1972
A SONG FOR YOU
CARPENTERS
A&M AMLS63511
13 37 00
07.07.
1973
NOW AND THEN
CARPENTERS
A&M AMLH63519
02 65 00
26.01.
1974
THE SINGLES 1969-1973
A&M AMLH63601
01 137 17
Buy
28.06.
1975
HORIZON
CARPENTERS
A&M AMLK64530
01 31 05
Buy
03.07.
1976
A KIND OF HUSH
CARPENTERS
A&M AMLK64581
03 15 00
08.01.
1977
LIVE AT THE PALLADIUM
A&M AMLS68403
28 02 00
Buy
08.10.
1977
PASSAGE
CARPENTERS
A&M AMLK64703
12 12 00
02.12.
1978
THE SINGLES 1974-1978
A&M AMLT19748
02 27 00
Buy
27.06.
1981
MADE IN AMERICA
CARPENTERS
A&M AMLK63723
12 10 00
15.10.
1983
VOICE OF THE HEART
CARPENTERS
A&M AMLX64954
06 19 00
20.10.
1984
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE
CARPENTERS
EMI/A&M SING1
10 26 00
13.01.
1990
LOVELINES
CARPENTERS
A&M AMA3931
73 01 00
31.03.
1990
ONLY YESTERDAY
CARPENTERS
A&M AMA1990
01 73 07
15.10.
1994
INTERPRETATIONS - A 25TH ANNIVERSARY
A&M 5402512
29 13 00
Buy
31.12.
1994
ONLY YESTERDAY
CARPENTERS
A&M CDA1990
28 19 00
22.11.
1997
LOVE SONGS
CARPENTERS
A&M/UNIVERSAL TV 5408382
47 12 00
09.12.
2000
GOLD - GREATEST HITS
A&M 4908652
04 78 00
Buy
02.12.
2006
THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION
A&M 9844626
53 06 00
Buy
28.11.
2009
40/40
CARPENTERS
A&M B1322302
21 13 00
Buy
14.07.
2016
SINGLES 1969-1981
CARPENTERS
A&M 4904562
65 02 00
Buy
15.09.
2016
THE NATION'S FAVOURITE CARPENTERS SONGS
POLYDOR/UMC 5372270
02 14 00
20.12.
2018
CARPENTERS WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC
UMC 7719883
08 11 00
Buy