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Millennium Music Profile: 19:19 - The Carpenters

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Artist Details

Artist:

The Carpenters.



Origin:

New Haven, Connecticut


Genre:

Pop

Active:

1969 - 1983.



Music Labels:

A&M Records


Group Members:

  • Richard Carpenter (1969-present)
  • Karen Carpenter (1969-1983)

Millennium Episode Details

Episode Title:

 19:19



MLM Code:

#MLM-206


Production Code:

5C06


Season:

2


Original Airdate:

1997-11-07

Episode Summary:

Frank Black, Peter Watts, and Lara Means race against time to locate a busload of kidnapped children who’ve been buried alive in a nearby quarry by a prophecy dictating madman who believes that World War III has begun and he is the one destined to carry out the Book of Revelation’s instructions.

Main Crew:

Written by Glen Morgan & James Wong
Directed by Thomas J. Wright
Edited by James Coblentz

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Music by The Carpenters used in the Millennium episode 19:19

 
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The Carpenters were a vocal and instrumental duo, consisting of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter. With their brand of melodic pop, they charted a score of hit recordings on the American Top 40, becoming leading exponents of the soft rock or adult contemporary genre and ranking among the foremost recording artists of the decade. It has been estimated that The Carpenters' album and single sales total more than 100 million units, easily making them part of the list of best-selling music artists.


 

Where The Carpenters can be heard in 19:19

The Millennium episode 19:19 contains the following music by The Carpenters:

  • Bless the Beasts and the Children

    Audibly heard by Frank Black, Sheriff John Cayce and Peter Watts on the radio as a message: "And I saw the Beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army."


The Carpenters - additional music heard in Millennium

Millennium's producers would occasionally use additional music from the same artist, band or composer. Sometimes a track or song could be heard in more than one episode of the series.

Music from The Carpenters was used in a total of 2 episode/s of Millennium. Below is a complete list of all music by The Carpenters heard throughout the series and the episodes in which it was used, including links to the relevant music and episode profiles:



About The Carpenters

With their light, airy melodies and meticulously crafted, clean arrangements, the Carpenters stood in direct contrast with the excessive, gaudy pop/rock of the '70s; yet they became one of the most popular artists of the decade, scoring 12 Top Ten hits, including three number one singles.

Karen Carpenter's calm, pretty voice was the most distinctive element of their music, settling in perfectly amidst the precise, lush arrangements provided by her brother Richard. The duo's sound drew more from pre-rock pop than rock & roll, but that didn't prevent the Carpenters from appealing to a variety of audiences, particularly Top 40, easy listening, and adult contemporary. While their popularity declined during the latter half of the '70s, they remained one of the most distinctive and recognizable acts of the decade produced.

The Carpenters formed in the late '60s in Downey, CA, after their family moved from their native New Haven, CT. Richard had played piano with a cocktail jazz trio in a handful of local Connecticut nightclubs. Once the family had moved to California, he began to study piano while he supported Karen in a trio that featured Wes Jacobs (tuba/bass). With Jacobs and Richard forming her backup band, Karen was signed to the local Californian record label Magic Lamp, who released two unsuccessful singles by the singer. The trio won a Battle of the Bands contest at the Hollywood Bowl in 1966, which led to a record contract with RCA. Signing under the name the Richard Carpenter Trio, the group cut four songs that were never released. Jacobs left the band at the beginning of 1968.

Following Jacobs' departure, the siblings formed Spectrum with Richard's college friend John Bettis. Spectrum fell apart by the end of the year, but the Carpenters continued performing as a duo. The pair recorded some demos at the house of Los Angeles session musician Joe Osborn; the tape was directed toward Herb Alpert, the head of A&M Records, who signed the duo to his record label in early 1969.

Offering, the Carpenters' first album, was released in November 1969. Neither Offering or the accompanying single, a cover of the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," made a big impression. However, the Carpenters' fortunes changed with their second single, a version of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "(They Long to Be) Close to You." Taken from the album Close to You, the single became the group's first number one, spending four weeks on the top of the U.S. charts. "Close to You" became an international hit, beginning a five-year period where the duo was one of the most popular recording acts in the world. During that period the Carpenters won two Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist of 1970, and had an impressive string of Top Ten hits, including "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Superstar," "Hurting Each Other," "Goodbye to Love," "Yesterday Once More," and "Top of the World."

After 1975's number-four hit "Only Yesterday," the group's popularity began to decline. For the latter half of the '70s, the duo were plagued by personal problems. Richard had become addicted to prescription drugs; in 1978, he entered a recovery clinic, kicking his habit. Karen, meanwhile, became afflicted with anorexia nervosa, a disease she suffered from for the rest of her life. On top of their health problems, the group's singles had stopped reaching the Top Ten and by 1978, they weren't even reaching the Top 40. Consequently, Karen decided to pursue a solo career, recording a solo album in 1979 with Phil Ramone; the record was never completed and she returned to the Carpenters later that year. The reunited duo released their last album of new material, Made in America, in 1981. The album marked a commercial comeback, as "Touch Me When We're Dancing" made it to number 16 on the charts. However, Karen's health continued to decline, forcing the duo out of the spotlight. On February 4, 1983, Karen was found unconscious at her parents' home in Downey; she died in the hospital that morning from a cardiac arrest, which was caused by her anorexia.

After Karen's death, Richard Carpenter concentrated on production work and assembling various compilations of the Carpenters' recorded work. In 1987, he released a solo album called Time, which featured guest appearances by Dusty Springfield and Dionne Warwick.


Song 1: Bless the Beasts and the Children


Bless the Beasts and the Children by The Carpenters.

Album Title:
A Song for You (LP 1972 & CD 1999)


Scene:
Bless the Beasts and the Children can be heard during the following scenes in the Millennium episode 19:19:

Audibly heard by Frank Black, Sheriff John Cayce and Peter Watts on the radio as a message: "And I saw the Beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army."


Details:

The Carpenters sang the theme song to the movie Bless the Beasts and Children in 1971. The song was a B-side to their recent hit, "Superstar". The B-Side charted on the Billboard Hot 100, eventually topping out at number 67. In order to promote it, the Carpenters performed it on their television series, Make Your Own Kind Of Music as "F" for "Film Music".



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Lyrics for Bless the Beasts and the Children:

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(Perry L Botkin, Jr. / Barry De Vorzon)

Bless the beasts and the children
For in this world they have no voice
They have no choice

Bless the beasts and the children
For the world can never be
The world they see

Light their way when the darkness surrounds them
And give them love, let it shine all around them

Bless the beasts and the children
Give them shelter from the storm
Keep them safe, keep them warm

Light their way when the darkness surrounds them
And give them love, let it shine all around them

Bless the beasts and the children
Give them shelter from the storm
Keep them safe, keep them warm

(the children)
(the children)
(the children)





Official Website:

An official website for The Carpenters is listed at:

richardandkarencarpenter.com - Official site (Online again as of Jan. 24, 2007)


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With grateful thanks to the following sources:

Wikipedia contributors, "Carpenters (band)," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The Carpenters

http://www.allmusicguide.com/