He was the voice of the BBC's boxing coverage for nearly 50 years, becoming the subject of Bruno's 'Know what I mean, 'arry?
However, RCA did not see a future in jazz tuba, and the contract was short-lived.
Karen and Richard formed another band, Spectrum, with four other fellow students from California State University at Long Beach that played several gigs before disbanding.
But after a routine hospital check-up on March 17 this year he took a nap after feeling unwell and then fell down the stairs.
Mr Carpenter's granddaughter Aurelie, said: 'He wasn't feeling well that day.
What is it about her story that resonates so strongly?