I would imagine that absolutely no one from this generation would know anything about The Carpenters. The Carpenter's music appeals to a specific type of audience, that I think hardly exists anymore. To be honest, I'm not sure what genre they even belong to; they weren't really country, and they weren't really folk artists either; yet quite a few of their music comes very close to sounding like elevator music. I guess the best category for them would be "easy listening?" Their music is extremely mellow. In fact, some of their music is so mellow that I wouldn't recommend listening to it if your mood is down. However, I think it's the perfect music to listen to whilst reading a magazine, or just chillin. Actually, a lot of their music would make great "cool down" choices (after an exercise). My favorites are, "(They Long To Be) Close To You (1970)," "We've Only Just Begun (1970)," "Rainy Days And Mondays (1971)," "Superstar (1971)," which was again redone by Luther Vandross in 1983, and "Yesterday Once More (1973)." Karen Carpenter died of cancer on February 1983. She had a very unique and distinct voice and music. There was no one else like them. Her brother, Richard Carpenter had made a couple of albums since Karen's death; however, they have not done well. I guess the public was to used to hearing Karen's distinct voice.