TVparty viewer Sal Gomez sends us a home video of a trip through the Carpenter's Newville Avenue home:
"I have included a tour of the former Carpenter home in Downey California. This was shot in 1999 as part of a tour package from an convention celebrating 30 years since the release of the 1st Carpenter album.
"The house (no longer owned by Richard Carpenter) is located on Newville Ave and is referred to as the Newville home. It was purchased by Richard and Karen in 1970, just after the success of the "Close To You" single, as a place where the brother and sister could live in and use as a home, office and rehearsal room. They bought the empty lot next door and expanded the house to include a Billiards room, wine cellar, soundproof music room and garage.
"Richard and Karen bought another home located 2 1/2 miles away on Lubec Street for their parents but when their parents temporarily moved into the Newville house they refused to leave so the house became the home of their parents. Richard & Karen moved into the much smaller Fidler Ave home together until Karen moved out in the late-seventies into a high-rise condo on the Avenue Of The Stars in Century City.
"Karen Carpenter died in the Newville Ave home. She had gone there the night before have dinner with her parents and to spend the evening so she could go shopping with a friend of hers at a local Downey Gemco the following morning.
"The Newville home is also famous to Carpenter fans for appearing on one of the duo's album covers ("Now & Then").
"Richard Carpenter continued to live in Downey California (a very middle class neighborhood) until February of this year. The Newville house and Richard's home were both extensively decorated for the Christmas holiday seasons over the years so you could infer that their specials were true to their feelings for Christmas.
"Richard stayed in Downey to be near his mother until she passed away 5 years ago, he left Downey in the summer of 2000 to live in his new home in Thousand Oaks. He has also begun to work more in recent years and has appeared in a video concert special featuring Petula Clark that aired on PBS stations in December. Richard accompanies Petula on a couple of numbers made popular by the Carpenters."
Replacement series - 1971
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"Make Your Own Kind of Music" was produced by Tomka Productions. Photos © 1971 Tomka Productions in association with Stan Harris Productions
Produced and directed by: Stan Harris
This show was the summer replacement for the cancelled Don Knotts Show.
Guest: Herb Alpert - Appearances by Bob Hope, Don Knotts, Ed McMahon, and Vincent Price.
Songs performed: "This Guy's in Love with You" & "Summertime" - Herb Alpert "Night and Day" & "Wolverine Blues" - Al Hirt "We've Only Just Begun" & "Close to You" - Carpenters "Rainy Days and Mondays" - Karen Carpenter "Come Saturday Morning" - Mark Lindsay "I Feel the Earth Move" & "Oh, Happy Day" & "At the Hop" - Pipers Zodiac medley - Ensemble
July 27 - Regulars on the show: Al Hirt, the Carpenters, comics Patchett and Tarses, Mark Lindsay, and the New Doodletown Pipers. Guest: Jack Jones
Songs peformed: "I Believe in Music" & "I Will Wait for You" - Jack Jones "Help" & "For All We Know" & "Mr. Guder" & "I Kept on Loving You" & "Wishin' and Hopin' " - Carpenters "St. Jones Infirmary" & "Muskrat Ramble" and "Cotton Candy" - Al Hirt
August 3 - Regulars on the show: Al Hirt, the Carpenters, comics Patchett and Tarses, Mark Lindsay, and the New Doodletown Pipers. Guest: Dusty Springfield
Songs performed: "Haunted" & "Jolly Good" & "Someone Who Cares" - Dusty Springfield "Royal Garden Blues" & "New Orleans" & "Darktown Strutters' Ball" & "September Song" & "Goin' Home" - Al Hirt Bacharach/David medley: ("Knowing When to Leave" & "Make It Easy On Yourself" & "There's Always Something There to Remind Me" & "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" & "Walk On By" & "Do You Know the Way to San Jose") - Carpenters "One Love" & "Drusilla Penny" - Carpenters "Miss America" - Mark Lindsay "Hey Jude" - Pipers
August 10 - Regulars on the show: Al Hirt, the Carpenters, Patchett & Tarses, Mark Lindsay, and the New Doodletown Pipers. Guest: Jose Feliciano
Songs performed: "Proud Mary" & "I Only Want to Say" & "California Dreamin' " - Jose Feliciano "Don't Be Afraid" & "Hideaway" & "I Kept on Lovin' You" & "Love is Surrender" & "What's the Use" - Carpenters "Bourbon Street Parade" & "Creole Love Call" & "Carolina in the Morning" & "Lover Come Back" - Al Hirt "A Better Day" & "Only Me" - Pipers "Jean" & "Lazy Day" - Mark Lindsay
August 17 - Regulars on the show: Al Hirt, the Carpenters, Patchett & Tarses, Mark Lindsay, and the New Doodletown Pipers. Guest: Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
Songs performed: "All God's Lonely Children" & "Camptown Ladies" & "Something's Burning" - Kenny Rogers and the First Edition "Rainy Days and Mondays" & "Baby, It's You" - Carpenters "Tailgate Ramble" & "Night Life" & "Sugarlips" - Al Hirt "Never Can Say Good-bye" & "Something" & "Fire and Rain" - Mark Lindsay "Promises, Promises" - Mark Lindsay and Pipers
August 24 - Regulars on the show: Al Hirt, the Carpenters, Mark Lindsay, comics Patchett & Tarses, and the New Doodletown Pipers. Guest: B.J. Thomas and Anne Murray
Songs performed "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" & "Mighty Clouds of Joy" - B.J. Thomas "Snowbird" & "It Takes Time" - Anne Murray "All I Can Do" & "Let Me Be the One" & "Trains and Boats and Planes" & "Maybe It's You" - Carpenters "Bye-Bye Blackbird" & "Gypsy in My Soul" - Al Hirt "Leaving On a Jet Plane" - Mark Lindsay "Save the Country" & "Up-Up and Away" - Pipers "This Land Is Your Land" - Ensemble
August 31 - Regulars on the show: Al Hirt, the Carpenters, Mark Lindsay, comics Patchett & Tarses, and the New Doodletown Pipers. Guest: Mac Davis and Helen Reddy
Songs performed: "Something's Burning" & "Poem for My Lady" - Mac Davis "I Don't Know How to Love Him" & "Best Friends" - Helen Reddy "Your Wonderful Parade" & "Bless the Beasts and Children" & "Superstar" & "Ticket to Ride" & "I Wanna Be Free" - Carpenters "I Walk the Line" & "Java" - Al Hirt "Brand New Me" - Mark Lindsay and Pipers "Help Me Make It Through the Night" & "All I Really See Is You" & "Snowbird" - Mark Lindsay "You've Made Me So Very Happy" & "Windy" - Pipers
September 7 - Regulars on the show: Al Hirt, the Carpenters, Mark Lindsay, comics Patchett & Tarses, and the New Doodletown Pipers. Guest: The 5th Dimension
Songs performed: "Time and Love" & "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" - 5th Dimension "Close to You" & "Reason to Believe" & "We've Only Just Begun" & "New World Coming" - Carpenters "Basin Street Blues" & "South Rampart Street Parade" - Al Hirt "Amanda's Theme" & "It's Too Late" - Mark Lindsay "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" & "Splish Splash" - Pipers
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