Frequently Asked Questions

I receive quite a few emails from readers and thought it would help lower the amount of emails by making a list of frequently asked questions.

  1. Does Richard Carpenter own this website and/or do you have his address?
    Simple answer here… no to both.
  2. What was Karen’s drumset setup?
    Karen used Ludwig drums, 2 sets. Each set consist of: bass, 20″ snare, high hat, 13″ top tom, 2floor tom toms, 14″& 16″, concert toms – 4″, 6″, 8″ & 10″ and Zildjian cymbals. Her petal is a
    Rogers pedal and she used No. 11A drumsticks.
  3. Where can I find their TV specials?
    Their TV specials were not released to my knowledge. And really don’t have hopes of them ever being released. A lot of trouble to go through I suppose in getting permissions because of all the special guests that appeared in them.
  4. Where can I find the lyrics to ‘this song’?
    There are many lyric sites out there. I would rather put my focus on developing other aspects of this site and leave the lyrics to them. If you do a google.com search, you will find just about any song of the Carpenters. Example: Close To You Carpenters lyrics
  5. Were Karen Carpenter and her parents moved from Forest Lawn?
    Yes. Richard Carpenter moved them closer to his home in Thousand Oaks, CA.
  6. What exactly is Anorexia Nervosa?
    You can find a lot of information on Anorexia Nervosa online. Doing a search comes up with hundreds of links.
  7. Who is Steven Levenkron?
    He was Karen Carpenter’s therapist in New York City for a year.  This is an article concerning his idea’s on treatment for Anorexia Nervosa. You can find an audio of an interview with him (not regarding Karen) here and also his website.
  8. Movie about Karen Carpenter?
    A movie was made about The Carpenter’s.  Mostly about Karen Carpenter’s life and struggles with Anorexia Nervosa.  The movie isn’t completely accurate but a good one to see anyway.  You can only find this in auctions unfortunately.
    Also, what is the last song Karen is singing in this movie? The song is called “Now”. Said to be the last song recorded and the only recording of the song. It was a track made for the musicians to work off of.
  9. Autopsy Report?
    This is a copy of the report as posted on the called VarietyPortal: Click Here to See.
  10. Did the Carpenters own apartment complex’s?
    Yes they did! They bought two which are found in California. They are called “Close To You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun”.
  11. What do you know about Tom Burris?
    Absolutely nothing. The last time Tom Burris saw Karen alive was November of 1981 during a birthday of Harold Carpenter (the father of Karen and Richard). He left the party saying “you can keep her” and that was that. Karen was going with Olivia Newton-John to sign the final divorce papers on the day of her passing. I have heard nothing of Tom Burris. No interviews or comments regarding Karen or the family. Maybe out of respect for the family? Who knows.
  12. Where can I find ‘this or that” album or CD?
    A lot of their CD’s have been remastered and you can find them in stores or online CD stores, including imports. Click here to visit the “online with Carpenters” albums page, where you will find all their albums available on Amazon.com.
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