(They Long to Be) Close to You – The Carpenters

Australian Charts:
(They Long to Be) Close to You hit no 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 7 November 1970.

(They Long To Be) Close To You was released by The Carpenters on their album Close to You and became their breakthrough hit.
Burt Bacharach and Hal David gave the song to Herb Alpert, who recorded it but was displeased with the recording and did not release it. After The Carpenters achieved their first chart success with ‘Ticket to Ride’, Alpert convinced them to record their version of ‘Close to You’, believing it was well-suited for them.
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U Discover Music:
‘Close to You’ was a Burt Bacharach-Hal David tune that had been kicking around for years. It was covered by everyone from Richard Chamberlain to Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield, but with little commercial success.
Herb Alpert recorded it but didn’t release it. He later handed it over to Richard Carpenter, who he was certain would find the song’s elusive sweet spot. Alpert said he felt ‘Close to You’ needed what would become Richard’s calling card: his multi-layered and intricate – but intimate – arrangements that would always provide the perfect vehicle for Karen’s once-in-a-generation voice: the so-called “Carpenters sound.”
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