image we have would be impossible for
Mickey Mouse to maintain.
We're just....normal people."
had no idea whether I could play 'em or not, but I
wanted to and I was very determined. . . but the band
director said "That's not really normal." Of
course, all you have to tell me is that something's
not normal and I'll go for it!!"
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"She has to be looking down and
just enjoying it all!"
"She was a good friend, a lovely person and very funny.
She had the most incredible voice and her death was a big
shock to me. I miss her."
Karen gave voice to my lyrics and in the process really launched
my career. I'll be forever grateful for the all too brief
association. Her golden voice and magical personality will
live forever. It was an honor to be a part of her repetoire
( Thanks to Mr. Williams for sending this!)
"We were just born to be a team" (R. Carpenter)
"They'll never be part of the Rock & Roll Hall
of fame, neither will I" (John Denver)
"She (Karen) was a very nice girl" (Alan Osmond)
"Everything they did was great as far as we were concerned" (Agnes
"Richard was a key ingredient for Karen's performance" (Herb
"I feel like Karen and I were friends, and had I not
been in so much in my own stuff at the time I might have
recognized a bit of the pain that she was going through...and
quite honestly I can't hear one of their records without
feeling that I could have been a better friend of her" (John
"Karen was not happy, she had moments of happiness,
but overall, I think her heart was pretty heavy" (Maria
"To be around Karen's anorexia was frustrating" (John
"I miss her terribly but I know she watching with a
"In a way, Karen was like my little sister, says John
Bettis, who wrote the lyrics to many Carpenters hits. "In
a way, she was also like my big sister. She was the voice
for my words for a lot of years."
"My words have lost the best voice they ever had"
"She won the battle but lost the war"
the president of A&M Records
Described her; she was "...the girl next door, always
up even when she was down"
Observation of Karen in the beginning
"Karen was 19 looking like she was 13, very unsophisticated,
let's go bowling, grab a coke and a hot dog, put the car
top down and go cruising."
"....seemed to want success mostly for Richard's sake."
Karen was very slow to carry herself with confidence as
being a focal point. At the Grammy Awards, 1971, she was "shy
and retiring, not even holding her head straight but looking
Close friend to Karen
"She really gave me a lot of support. She was a true
friend before we were really friends. You know, that's a
quality that not too many humans have."
Former International Publicity Director, A & M
"I think there were two sides to Karen. I mean, there
was this intelligent, witty, sarcastic, funny woman....who
had a...I think she had a really good grasp on reality and
then there was this fantasy child, you know, who wanted to
go to the Cinderella castle and get married and live happily
"She was gifted with a tremendous instrument she knew
how to use."
"I just want to tell you, love, that I think you've
got a fabulous voice"
ELIZABETH VAN NESS
(Friend of KC)
"People say she sang from the heart, but I feel it was
from her soul, some sort of soul that she wasn't even in
touch with. She was a very smart girl but not particularly
intellectual. Yet when she sang there was an intelligence,
a message that borders on profundity, so well thought out
and expressive that it came from something beyond her."
"and I never understood the, nor will I ever understand,
what it was that she saw through her eyes, in the mirror"