December 1970 – a popular holiday song this time of year – Merry Christmas Darling by The Carpenters
This was the Carpenters’ first attempt at Christmas music.
Interesting facts about Merry Christmas Darling & The Carpenters –
The lyric was written in 1946 by Frank Pooler, who was the choir director at California State University, Long Beach. Karen and Richard Carpenter were both part of the choir.
In 1966, at Pooler’s request, Richard composed the music for this ballad, which was first released in 1970.
The brother-sister duo the Carpenters was one of the best-selling recording acts of the 1970s.
The Carpenters broke into recording when they were signed to A&M Records in 1969. By 1970, on the strength of the title track to Close to You and the single “We’ve Only Just Begun,” the Carpenters became a music sensation.
The Carpenters recording career came to an abrupt and tragic end in 1983. Karen battled anorexia nervosa for many years, at a time when relatively little was known about the condition. She was visibly underweight and began to suffer the effects of her disease in the late 1970s. Attempts at treatment were unsuccessful and on February 4, 1983, she was discovered collapsed in her home. She died from heart failure and complications of anorexia.
This information was provided by Songfacts.com