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Richard Carpenter - Musician Who is Late Karen Carpenter's Brother

Published Tue Jul 06 2021 By Aashika
Richard Carpenter - Musician Who is Late Karen Carpenter's Brother

Richard Carpenter is a well-known singer, musician, record producer, songwriter, and music arranger. He has been contributing to the music industry since 1969 and his genre is Pop. 

On 15th October 1946, he was born in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. His parents are Agnes Renuwar Tatum and Harold Bertman Carpenter. He studied music at California State College at Long Beach where he met Frank Poller and John Bettis. 

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How Much Does He Have Net Worth? 

Richard Carpenter has a whopping amount of net worth which is $10 million. He has accumulated through his successful career as a singer, musician, music arranger, pianist, lyricist, and film producer. 

At the age of 16, he made public appearances in New Haven with his two members. Richard collaborates with his sister and Wes Jacobs and played in "Iced Tea" and "The Girl from Ipanema". 

He got immense fame after he got signed by "A&M Records". The singer released two albums "Time"  in 1987 and "Pianist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor" in 1998. He composed songs like "Goodbye to Love", "Top the World", "Only Yesterday", and so on. 

Collection of Music Instruments

The musician has a collection of keyboards that he has used in his music career. He has a grand piano, "Hammond organ", "Harpsichord", "Celesta", "tack piano", "synthesizer", and many more. 

Richard's one of the favorites among them is "Baldwin". Likewise, he has endorsed some of them "Wurlitzer electric piano", and "Fender Rhodes Electric Piano". 

A childhood picture of Richard Carpenter playing his piano that shows his passion
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Married Life 

Richard Carpenter is married to Mary Rudolph, who is his adopted cousin. In 1984, the couple tied the knot which was the grand wedding. They started dating in the late 1970s. They have been in a happy married life for almost four decades. 

Richard Carpenter with his lovely wife Mary Rudolph.
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Has Five Children

The musician Carpenter is the proud father of five children with his wife. His first child is Kristi Lynn Carpenter who came into this on 17th August 1987. 

Likewise, Traci Tatum Carpenter on 25th July 1989, Mindi Karen Carpenter on 7th July 1992, Collin Paul Carpenter on 20th July 1994, and Taylor Mary Carpenter on 5th December 2000. 

Moreover, his two daughters name has kept after their aunt's name. Richard has always kept his children away from the limelight. But sometimes, they appear on the red carpet with their father. The family is residing in Thousand Oaks, California.  

Richard Carpenter with his spouse and five children.
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Sister: Karen Carpenter 

Richard is the brother of Karen Carpenter, who was a popular singer and drummer. Her career began with the band "Two Plus Two", a girl trio. She has released numerous studio, posthumous, and solo albums such as "Offering", "A Song for You", "Christmas Portrait", "Voice of the Heart", "An Old-Fashioned Christmas", and so on. 

The siblings' duo were too close and were supporters of each other. Unfortunately, at just 32 years Karen passed away from heart failure due to complications from anorexia nervous. 

Richard Carpenter with his sister, Karen Carpenter.
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Health Issue

From this tragic death of his sister, Richard Carpenter suffered the most which dropped his health. He suffered from insomnia, panic attacks, and depression. He is also addicted to Quaalude, a sedative and hypnotic medication. 

Later, Mr. Carpenter got encouragement from his close one and took a six-week treatment program at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, and became free from the bad habits. 


Carpenter is an automobile enthusiast of Mopar, the parts, service, and customer care division of the former Chrysler Corporation. He is the original owner of a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda with the unusual 400+6 V8 engine and automatic transmission package.  

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