August 1970 – (They Long To Be) Close To You

August 1970 – a song popular in this month – (They Long To Be) Close To You by The Carpenters

This was written by the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It was originally released as the B-side of “Blue Guitar” by Richard Chamberlain in 1963.

Interesting facts about (They Long To Be) Close To You & The Carpenters –

The Carpenters signed with A&M Records in 1969, which was co-owned by Herb Alpert. Burt Bacharach asked Alpert to record the song himself, but he didn’t feel comfortable with the lyrical content – “Moondust in your hair” – and instead produced a new arrangement for the Carpenters.

In their first sessions for this song, Karen Carpenter played the drums, which Alpert didn’t like. Said the producer: “I thought it was a little light. And so I asked them to go back in the studio again, because Karen was playing drums. And they recorded it the second time and I still felt they were missing a little something on the groove, so I suggested very carefully to Karen that maybe Hal Blaine should come in and play drums on it.”

This was the first of a string of hits for the Carpenters. They dominated Easy Listening radio in the early ’70s.

The Carpenters’ first single was a cover of The Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride,” which hit #54 in the US. This was their second single.

This was featured in the 1989 movie Parenthood, starring Steve Martin. It was used in a scene where Rick Morranis’ character sings to apologize to his wife in the middle of teaching her class.

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13 thoughts on “August 1970 – (They Long To Be) Close To You

  1. They are a bit before my time but I listen to The Carpenters regularly. I’ve been searching on Craigslist for a vinyl version of their album. I don’t even have a record player…haha. I think a lot of people around my age remember “Close To You” on an episode of The Simpsons.

    I remember watching Parenthood in the theaters when I was a kid. Don’t remember anything from it except that I enjoyed it.

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