The Carpenters (in French, the Carpenters) was an American musical group of the 1970s and 1980s whose central element was the duo formed by Karen (1950-1983) and his brother Richard Carpenter (1946) .
Originally from Connecticut, having moved to Los Angeles with their parents, who wanted to promote their son's musical career, the duo goes in fourteen-year career (1969-1983) record eleven albums, and place 12 songs in the top 10 of the charts in the United States, including three numbers 1 and five numbers 2 falling among the best record sales of all time. The group received the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1971. The band's success was based on Karen's vocal qualities: a warm, pure voice with beautiful lengths of notes.
The group's existence ended in 1983 with the death of Karen Carpenter as a result of heart problems related to anorexia.
In France, their famous song Sing will be adapted three times successfully: by Henri Salvador with Chante la vie in the 1970s, then by Thierry Gali with Chante Noël in 2002 and finally by Star Academy 8 with Chante in 2008. The singer Claude François took over their song Yesterday Once More to make Sha la la (Yesterday is near me) in 1974. The same song was taken by Laurent Voulzy and Lenou in the album La Septième Vague in 2006.