Richard Lynn Carpenter is a popular American pop artist. He is best known as one half of the Carpenters. He is a multi-talented person as he is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, lyrist, and much more. He has two albums to his name along with multiple super hit singles. Today, let’s learn more about the career, biography, and net worth of Richard Carpenter in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Richard was born on 15th October 1946 in Connecticut. His father used to work in a printing business. During his childhood, he used to play the piano. He also loved to listen to children’s record. At the age of 12, he decided to be in the music industry. At the age of 16, he already made his public appearance as a musician. With his earned money by playing at a local pizza parlor, he bought a car and moved to California. He studied at the California State of University.
There were a lot of controversies when Richard married his adopted cousin Mary Rudolph. In fact, her brother was his road manager. They started dating in the late 1970s, and no one in the family had any idea about their love affair. They have five children, and he performs with his children at times. Richard is known to be an automobile enthusiast, and along with luxurious cars, he has a wide collection of retro cars. The most precious of them is Plymouth Barracuda.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
Richard formed Carpenter Trio with his sister and friend. He played the piano; his sister played the drums and friend Wes played bass and tuba. They competed in a music show and won it and recorded three songs. Later, they expanded the group to a sextet and named it Spectrum. Richard produced several hits with John Bettis as a lyricist. Some of them are Goodbye to Love, Top of the World, Yesterday Once More, Only Yesterday and much more.
The first album that came out was in 1987 titled Time under the label A&M records. The second album came out nearly a decade later, and it was titled Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor. But it was a solo album as Karen died by that time in 1983. Richard funds an annual scholarship. Richard produced two documentaries named Close to You – Remembering The Carpenters and Only Yesterday – The Carpenters Story. Richard was inducted in Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth do you expect an American pop artist to have? Well, he has a net worth of over $12.5 million currently. They have come from his two albums and the singles. He has done so many stage performances all over the US. In fact, there endorsed many music instrument brands at the peak of his career. If it were not for the death of his sister, you could have made it bigger than what he did after getting discouraged.
The premature death of Karen Carpenter has left him devastated yet he did quite well with his solo albums and singles after her death. But his heart was never into it, and most of his music composed never made it public or mainstream.