|The Carpenters, Karen and Richard, two sibs- born in the very center of the 20th century, were the best selling American pop-music group between 1970 and 1980. Eight gold albums, five platinum and ten gold singles, the duo generated over 100-million record sales worldwide. "Close to You" and "We've Only Just Begun" are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. They remain second on the all-time list of Artists with the most #2 hits. The Carpenters had five and Elvis Presley had six. The duo outsold Simon and Garfunkel and the Everyly Brothers.
Growing up with their father's record collection, Richard and Karen spent their early childhoods singing and swinging to the tunes of Guy Mitchell, Perry Como, Patti Page, Les Paul and Mary Ford and Nat King Cole. Born a natural musician, Richard was enamored- enraptured- with the songs and proved himself a prodigy on the classical piano at age 6. Like Richard, Karen developed an interest in the structure of a sound. "She knew everything musically that I picked up from those years," said Richard.
The Carpenters signed with A&M records in April 1969. Their discography with A&M will surely get the reader humming: "Close To You," "Sing," "Hurting Each Other," "Goodbye to Love," "Kind Of A Hush" "Please Mr. Postman" and "Rainy Days and Mondays"- just a brief offering from their magnificent career.
Nine years ago Stephanie Duran began what was supposed to be a three-month hiatus in Santa Fe, New Mexico -- a brief respite from professional musical theater production company tours across the globe. Always running at a fast pace, Stephanie spent that summer vacation at La Cantina, where she sang for your supper. She also met her husband… and is now a realtor and mother of two wonderful boys, Noah and Adam. Stephanie's vocalizing continues to delight the patrons at La Cantina as well as concertizing throughout Santa
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