Richard Carpenter

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Genres: Classical/Opera, Pop, Rock

Born in New Haven, CT on Oct. 15, 1946, Richard Carpenter was introduced to music prior to attending school by his father, who worked for a container corporation while maintaining a substantial record collection in his off hours. The younger Carpenter soon began to play music himself; his initial instrument of choice was the accordion, but he soon switched to piano. By his teenaged years, he was studying piano at Yale while performing in an instrumental trio in the evenings. The family, which grew to include sister Karen on March 2, 1950, moved to Downey, CA in 1963. There, Richard began playing piano with his high school concert band at the request of its director, Bruce Gifford, who later ... Continue Bio >>

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