'40/40' Celebrates The Carpenters' 1969 Debut

It's been 40 years since the hit brother-sister duo The Carpenters signed with A&M Records and released their debut album, Offering. With top hits such as "Close to You", "We've Only Just Begun" and "Yesterday Once More", The Carpenters became the best-selling U.S. music act of the 1970s. Karen Carpenter died in 1983.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the duo's 1969 debut, Richard Carpenter has produced a two-CD set called 40/40: 40 digitally remastered recordings of the duo's best-loved songs.

He joins Fresh Air for a conversation about the compilation, about his late sister and about their storied career.

Listen to the interview or read the transcript here. I just love the Carpenters.

Tags: 1970s, Fresh Air, NPR, The Carpenters, bands, music, songs

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The Carpenters were the first concert I paid to go see. From what little I remember these many years later, it was an awesome show. The opening act was a pair of Vegas comedians, and Bernie from "Room 222" played drums when Karen wanted to step downstage for a while...

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