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American brother and sister pop duo Richard and Karen Carpenter (1950 - 1983), back stage at the London Palladium.
The Carpenters Photo by Evening Standard - Getty Images

February 4th

1965The Righteous Brothers were at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Phil Spector song ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. Also a UK No.1 at the same time. In 1999 the PRS announced that it was the most played song of the 20th Century.

1978The Bee Gees started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Staying Alive’. From the film soundtrack Saturday Night Fever, it gave the brothers their fifth US No.1, also No.1 in the UK.

1983Karen Carpenter died age 32 of a cardiac arrest at her parent’s house in Downey, California; the coroner’s report gave the cause of death of imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa. The Carpenters 1970 album Close to You, featured two hit singles: ‘(They Long to Be) Close to You’ and ‘We’ve Only Just Begun.’ They peaked at No.1 and No.2, on the US chart. In 1975 – In Playboy’s annual opinion poll; its readers voted Karen Carpenter the Best Rock Drummer of the year.

2004Art Garfunkel pleads guilty to marijuana possession in Hurley, N.Y. He is fined $200. The singer was charged after police pulled his limousine over for speeding in January.

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