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The Carpenters: Music, Music, Music (1980)

A salute to American popular music and composers.


Bob Henry


Rod Warren
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Karen Carpenter ... Herself
Richard Carpenter ... Himself
John Davidson ... Himself
Ella Fitzgerald ... Herself


A salute to American popular music and composers.

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16 May 1980 (USA) See more »

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The Carpenters: Music, Music, Music See more »

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This was the Carpenters 5th and final ABC TV special See more »


Richard Carpenter: Good evening and welcome to a show about the things we love. Music and the people who make it.
Karen Carpenter: Richard and I can think of no better way to spend an hour, than to fill it with music.
Richard Carpenter: Many hours in our lives have been spent that way and this one is special, because it includes America's first lady of song... Miss Ella Fitzgerald.
Karen Carpenter: And a man who's always welcome, because he's one of the best friends a good song ever had... John Davidson.
Richard Carpenter: So after all the hour's of music that have preceded this one ...
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Featured in E! True Hollywood Story: Karen Carpenter (1997) See more »


Ain't Misbehaving
Music by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks and lyrics by Andy Razaf
Performed by The Carpenters
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Karen and Ella, Two Giant Singers!
10 January 2007 | by stevehaynieSee all my reviews

This ABC television special is what its title claims: "Music, Music, Music." There was very little conversation, so a maximum amount of music was performed in the limited amount of time available. Guests were Ella Fitzgerald, John Davidson, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. John Davidson's musical talent may be overlooked, but he was able to sing quite well. He was upstaged, of course, by two of the best singers of the Twentieth Century. Ella Fitzgerald fans will appreciate seeing her perform an equal amount of time as Karen Carpenter, and she sang a wonderful duet of old standards with Karen as well. Richard and Karen did not rely on the early hits for this musical outing, but they did briefly touch on them toward the end. Some newer songs chosen for this presentation may not be familiar to those people looking for The Carpenters' best known hits, but this performance is still captivating.

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