She Sang, Played the Drums and Was Half of a Super Duo 50 Years Ago – Remember?

Take a moment to enjoy the precious gem of a video embedded below, a nostalgic throwback to the early 70s. The video features the Carpenters, the beloved brother-sister duo, performing their iconic 1971 hit, “Rainy Days and Mondays.” This song, written by the talented Paul Williams and Roger Nichols, quickly became a staple of the Carpenters’ repertoire, following the success of their previous hit “We’ve Only Just Begun,” also penned by Williams and Nichols.

The story behind the creation of “Rainy Days and Mondays” is as intriguing as the song itself. A demo was initially sent to Richard Carpenter by the songwriters. Upon hearing it, Richard was instantly captivated, believing it to be the perfect song for him and his sister, Karen Carpenter, to record. The recording process began a few weeks before Karen’s 21st birthday, a milestone in her life that added a layer of significance to the song.

Richard Carpenter’s vision for “Rainy Days and Mondays” was to keep the song’s arrangement simple and sparse. His intention was to allow Karen’s adorable, soulful voice to shine through, and indeed it did. The song’s heartfelt lyrics, combined with Karen’s emotive delivery, resonated with listeners, making it a timeless classic.

“Rainy Days and Mondays” was a commercial success, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Over the years, the song has remained a beloved piece of music history, a testament to the Carpenters’ enduring appeal. The video below offers a delightful glimpse into the past, reminding us of the duo’s incredible talent and the timeless charm of their music. Watch the video below and please leave us a Facebook comment to let us know what you thought!

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