Photograph showing Richard Carpenter sat at a Steinway piano.


Richard Carpenter tours the UK as a solo artist for the first time, performing the hits of The Carpenters and telling amazing stories about how the songs were made. Discover how, alongside his sister, Karen, he helped establish one of the most successful duos of all time.

The Carpenters were the biggest-selling group of the 1970s. No fewer than ten of their singles were million-sellers and, by 2020, combined worldwide sales of albums and singles well exceeded 150 million units. Yet the Carpenters were much more than creators of beautifully crafted and hugely successful hit records. Within the space of just a few years their unique and inimitable sound had brought a new dimension to the world of popular music. During their 14-year career, they won three Grammy Awards, from a dizzying 15 nominations.

They first performed together as a duo in 1966 and formed the jazz-oriented Richard Carpenter Trio. Then Richard and Karen signed as Carpenters to A&M Records in 1969, they achieved major success the following year with the hit singles '(They Long To Be) Close To You' and 'We’ve Only Just Begun'.

Rolling Stone ranked the Carpenters number 10 on its '20 Greatest Duos of All Time' list.

Some of their hits include:
(They Long To Be) Close To You
Yesterday Once More
Top Of the World
Rainy Days And Mondays
Only Yesterday
Please Mister Postman
There’s A Kind Of Hush
Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
Goodbye To Love
We’ve Only Just Begun

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Richard Carpenter


Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AB
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Richard Carpenter (22 Sept 2024)

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