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Drummer - Karen Carpenter


Welcome to our tribute to the great drummer Karen Carpenter. She was a fantastic drummer and musician...more than just a drummer who sang! Rather than go into her bio, we want to showcase her talents on the drums during her time with The Carpenters.

Karen was more than just a drummer.....really a percussionist who sang and played the drums. She loved studying complex time signatures and later incorporated these into her unique sound on the drums. A prefect example is in the video below...forward the clip to 2:30 and you will see!

Take some time to check out drumming videos of Karen.

Please contact us if you have any questions or have personal memorabilia to share, and let's preserve the history of this great female drumming legend!

Karen Carpenter playing "Mr. Guder" on The Tonight Show - 11/5/1973


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Girl Drums is a web site dedicated to girl drummers and girl drumming. We have a bunch of female percussionist history and literature going back to the 20's. There were a bunch of female drum lines and female groups that played drums and percussion. Today the girl drummer has moved into the spotlight! Drummers like Sheila E., Cindy Blackman, Hannah Ford, Gina Schock, Karen Carpenter and many others are well respected in the business and welcomed into the drumming community.

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