The carpenter never wanted to be known for the trademark music only. They desired to be known as the versatile singer of all time. So for that, they both decided to produce the kind of music that is a bit more sophisticated and mature. Karen carpenter decided to focus on the theme songs that were more exotic and sexy. The first love theme song was named “Making love on Saturday afternoon”. Making love was not the only song that was sung by the carpenters, there were two other song’s name “My Body Keeps Changing My Mind” and “Make Believe it’s Your First Time. Karen and Richard were certain and confident enough that they had a wonderful composition of the songs and the album would is expected to do well. But the things got complicated when the team carpenters gathered at A&M studios. Phil was the one that hated the album when they first listened to the songs, later on Karen and Richard were also convinced that they were now able to produce the kind of album that can get the attention of the listeners. So it was finally decided that the album will not be launched, but it will rather be postponed.
Phil Ramone was the key man for the carpenters, the exercise done by the carpenters was not up the musical standards and it was quite disappointing, not only for the carpenters but for Phil Ramone was equally disappointed with the efforts.
In the year 1980, Karen started thinking of getting married. In the same year Karen and Thomas Burris were seen together on different occasions. Thomas Burris was a wealthy man and he owns a real estate business. When Karen was asked about whom she should like to marry, she said she would like to marry a man that is not only financially strong but also support her in persuading music career. Karen thought Thomas Burris would be a right man to marry and then she deiced to marry in the 1980. The marriage ceremony was held at Beverly Hills Hotel with few of the close family friends were invited only.
After settling down, Karen and Richard decided to wear on another album. The album was named “”Made in America.” No one knows that Karen would be suffering from a lethal disease and the album produced by the carpenters proved to be the last album before the death of Karen Carpenter. The album, however managed to get the attention of the listeners. Proving the critics wrong, reasonable business was gained from the last album by the carpenters together.
Karen and Thomas were not compatible as a pair and they didn’t have the kind of synchronization that was needed in marriage. One day both had a fight at Richard place and then Thomas decided to let Karen go. Karen and Richard started preparing the divorce papers, but at the same time Karen’s health was deteriorating constantly by anorexia Nervosa. Divorce papers were never filed or signed due to the health issues faced by Karen. Karen then moved to New York to see a psychotherapist.