“(They Long to Be) Close to You” gave the Carpenters their first No.1 in 1970

The song was originally recorded by artists such as Dionne Warwick

“(They Long to Be) Close to You” gave the Carpenters their first No.1 in 1970

Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David First, and first recorded in 1963 as “They Long to Be Close to You” by Richard Chamberlain. This popular song was also recorded as a demo by Dionne Warwick in 1963 and re-recorded with a Burt Bacharach arrangement for her 1964 album “Make Way for Dionne Warwick”. But it was in 1970, when released by the Carpenters on their album “Close to You”, that met it’s most famous version. re-titled by the Carpenters as “(They Long to Be) Close to You”, it served as their breakthrough hit, peaking to No.1 on July 25, 1970 and staying at that position on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. It also earned the duo the first of three Grammy Awards throughout their career, for Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus in 1971. “(They Long to Be) Close to You” remains one of the Carpenter’s signature songs, and the original or early versions of the song by other artists are not even close in popularity to the Carpenters version.

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