Richard Lynn Carpenter
(born October 15, 1946) is an American pop musician
, best known as one half of the brother/sister duo The Carpenters
, along with his sister Karen Carpenter
. He was a producer, arranger, pianist and keyboardist, and occasional lyricist, as well as joining with Karen on harmony vocals.
Richard Lynn Carpenter was born in New Haven, Connecticut
. He was named after his father's younger brother, Richard Lynn Carpenter. Coincidentally, Carpenter and his uncle both married women named Mary.
He frequently played the piano while his sister, Karen, played baseball outside. He was introduced to Perry Como and Ella Fitzgerald, among many others, and by the age of 12, he knew he wanted to be in the music industry.
The Carpenter family moved from New Haven
to Downey, California
in June 1963. They wanted Richard to further his music career, and the family was fed up with the cold New England winters. At the time, Richard was 16 years old. Richard studied music at the California State University
at Long Beach
. There, he met Frank Pooler
, a conductor and composer. Pooler wrote the lyrics to the Christmas classic "Merry Christmas Darling
" in... Read More