We’ve Only Just Begun peaked at no 5 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 16 January 1971.
The song debuted within a wedding-themed television commercial. Richard Carpenter and the song’s lyricist Paul Williams (who sung it on the commercial) were both under contract to A&M Records. Carpenter asked Williams if a full-length version was available. Although the TV commercial had only two verses and no bridge, Williams stated that there was a bridge and an additional verse, forming a complete song, which they then delivered.
Williams went on to write several more hits for the Carpenters, as well as songs for Barbra Streisand, Carole King and Three Dog Night. He also worked on many films as both a songwriter and an actor, composing the classics “Evergreen” from A Star Is Born and “Rainbow Connection” for The Muppet Movie.
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