Car­pen­ters show has only just be­gun

Mandurah Coastal Times - - OPINION - WHAT: WHERE: WHEN:

THE short life Karen Car­pen­ter leg­endary.

Her mu­sic and that of her brother Richard made up one of the most in­flu­en­tial folk/pop acts of the 20th cen­tury and the mem­o­ries have not faded over the years.

Johnny Young, one of the coun­try’s big­gest pop stars in the 1960s and host of the long-run­ning Young Tal­ent Time, has in­tro­duced undis­cov­ered and tal­ented per­form­ers such as Tina Arena and Danni Minogue dur­ing his ca­reer.

But when he heard Aus­tralian singing sen­sa­tion Narelle Belle singing a Car­pen­ter song as it was orig­i­nally sung, he was thrilled.

He booked her for one show in Perth – An Evening with Karen Car­pen­ter – which show­cased Belle’s ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ents and broke all records with seven of is THE ES­SEN­TIALS An Evening with Karen Car­pen­ter Man­durah Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre Satur­day, Aug 26

sell-out shows.

This week­end it comes to Man­durah.

Young said it would be a mag­i­cal night of mu­sic and mem­o­ries, with Belle

and her seven-piece band fea­tur­ing the songs that made Car­pen­ter fa­mous: We’ve Only Just Be­gun, Rainy Days and Mon­day, Top of the World and Close to You, name a few.

Belle talks and sings her way through Car­pen­ter’s short life: she was just 32 when she died from anorexia in 1983.

“Belle is a mul­ti­skilled per­former who com­pletely cap­tures the essence of Car­pen­ter,” Young said. to

Narelle Belle and Johnny Young at the Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre.

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