I'll admit straight out that I was in love with Karen Carpenter. It broke my heart when she died...the Carpenters were a group that comes along once in a lifetime. In my world, they were up there with the rest of the classic bands, except there was one big difference. They were professional musicians of the highest caliber...pop stardom notwithstanding, they were musical peers of Burt Bacharach, Herb Alpert, Jimmy Webb, Henry Mancini and Dave Brubeck. For 15 years they were a major influence on my compositional and arranging style. There are a number of truly gifted musicians in pop music, but the ones I was familiar with are my age or older now. Edgar Winter, Todd Rundgren, John Hall, Donald Fagen, Don Henley, Lindsey Buckingham, I could fill a page with names...Cold Play can play. BP's nephew plays in a great band, Tickle Me Pink. But the Carpenters defined class and style in a way no other group ever came close to, in my opinion...they were about the music when it was all said and done, and they played the instruments on their records, too. Cheers, WC1
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