The Carpenters were always different. In a world of glitter, glam, prog, rock and myriad styles of music they followed their own musical mantra, one where harmony, love of the old songs and melody reigned supreme. Yet theirs was no bland pop, not formulaic nor predictable, they produced some of the most inventive pop during their 14-year career. The Carpenters recorded 11 albums, released 31 singles, and toured the world with drummer/vocalist Karen beguiling audiences with her beautiful voice and Richard wowing the public with his keyboard skills and arranging abilities. 1976's gold certified A Kind of Hush was issued in the midst of changing musical tastes on Top 40 radio. The biggest hit on the album is a cover of Herman's Hermits' "There's a Kind of Hush," which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Follow up, "I Need to Be in Love," failed to make the Top 20, but is a stellar song and vocal performance from Karen nonetheless.