She and her brother, Richard Carpenter, formed the 1970s duo The Carpenters.
Although her skills as a drummer earned admiration from drumming luminaries and peers, she is best known for her vocal performances. Karen Anne Carpenter was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Agnes Reuwer (née Tatum) (March 5, 1915 – November 10, 1996) and Harold Bertram Carpenter (November 8, 1908 – October 15, 1988).
The family moved in June 1963 to the Los Angeles suburb of Downey.
When Carpenter entered Downey High School, she joined the school band.
I had to pinch myself a couple of times to make sure I was not imagining this visit!