(They Long to Be) Close to You: THE CARPENTERS

Australian singles charts:
(They Long to Be) Close to You entered the Kent charts on 3 August 1970 and was a #1 hit. The song was #6 on the Top 100 of 1970.

The song is on Close to You which entered the Kent album charts on 30 November 1970 and peaked at #16.

Burt Bacharach, Hal David

Jack Daugherty

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(They Long To Be) Close To You by The Carpenters was 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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