The song was recorded time and time again during the sixties, but didn't do well at all until the Carpenters version. It stayed at number 1 for 4 weeks, and became the Carpenters' iconic song. The commercial showed a couple getting married and starting their life together. Richard regards this as the duo's signature song. Several of the overtly Christian lyrics were changed for this version, notably from "Without Him, love is not to be found" to "Without love you are not to be found" and "You must surrender to His will" to "You must surrender if you care.
This version was released, along with other songs for that broadcast, on an album, "Love Is The Carpenters' recording is one of only two tracks on the album on which Richard Carpenter performs lead vocals. It's a very low-key song, with an oboe solo by Doug Strawn. Rod Stewart made a hit with it in Karen claimed in a live concert that the reason why they love the song is because it was one of the first songs they performed together as a group.
Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. A committee reviewed their recordings and chose not to produce them, so the trio were released from RCA. Karen graduated from high school in early , and was awarded the John Philip Sousa Band award. They were expected to play turn of the 20th century songs in keeping with the shop's theme. The shop's patrons had other ideas; many requested the musicians to play current popular music.
When the pair tried pleasing their customers and honoring the requests, they were fired by a Disneyland supervisor, Victor Guder, for being "too radical". Guder" about their former superior. Richard and Karen then teamed up with student musicians from Long Beach State to form the band Spectrum.
Part of the problem was the group's middle-of-the-road sound, which was different to the psychedelic rock popular in clubs. Richard bought a Wurlitzer electric piano as an additional instrument to complement his acoustic piano onstage. By , Spectrum had disbanded, finding it difficult to get gigs as their music was not considered "danceable" by rock and roll standards. Later in the year, the duo received an offer to be on the television program Your All American College Show.
Their performance on the program, playing a cover of " Dancing in the Street ", was their first television appearance, with new bassist Bill Sissoyev. Label owner Herb Alpert was intrigued by Karen's voice, later saying "It touched me I felt like it was time". On meeting the duo, Alpert said "Let's hope we can have some hits! Most of the album's material had already been written for and performed with Spectrum; "Your Wonderful Parade" and "All I Can Do" both came from demos recorded with Osborn.
Richard rearranged the Beatles' " Ticket to Ride " in a melancholic ballad style. Karen also played bass on "All of My Life" and "Eve", after being taught the relevant parts by Osborn. Richard Carpenter decided the song would work as a standalone piece, and wrote an arrangement from scratch without being influenced by any earlier recordings. Larry Knechtel was tried out as a session pianist, but was replaced by Richard for the final take.
The song became the first hit single for Williams and Nichols, who think the Carpenters' version is definitive. Guder", the song inspired by Disneyland supervisor Victor Guder, who had dismissed the young songwriters for playing popular music when they worked at the park.
The Carpenters began touring, attempting to recruit Jacobs and former Spectrum members. Jacobs decided to continue with the Detroit Symphony, but Woodhams and Sims agreed to be part of the live band, which was completed with Doug Strawn and Bob Messenger. As a result of their chart success, the group made several television appearances in , including The Ed Sullivan Show. The duo rounded out the year with the holiday release of "Merry Christmas, Darling", which they had been playing for several years.
The single scored high on the holiday charts and would repeatedly return to the holiday charts in subsequent years. The Carpenters had a string of hit singles and albums through the early s. Their song " For All We Know " was recorded the previous year by members of the pop group Bread for a wedding scene in the movie Lovers and Other Strangers.
Richard saw the song's potential for the Carpenters and recorded it in the autumn of The track became the duo's third gold single, and later won an Oscar for "Best Original Song".
The duo's fourth gold single, " Rainy Days and Mondays ", became Williams' and Nichols' second major single with the Carpenters. The demo was written by Williams about his mother, which led to the line, "Talking to myself and feeling old". Richard rearranged the song to include a saxophone solo, played by Bob Messenger.
The single peaked at No. Karen was familiar with the album, but Richard first heard the song when it was covered by Bette Midler on The Tonight Show , and realised its potential as a Carpenters hit. The duo changed the line "I can hardly wait to sleep with you again" to " The album won a Grammy Award, as well as receiving three nominations.
Shortly after the third album, the duo recorded a short television series, Make Your Own Kind of Music , which drew mixed reviews. Richard and Bash tried to persuade her to sing out-front. Consequently, Jim Anthony was hired as a touring drummer. Later that year, Richard was watching a Bing Crosby movie, Rhythm on the River , in which Crosby played a country singer whose career was in decline and whose most famous song was "Goodbye to Love".
The song was never performed in the film, so Richard imagined what it might sound like and wrote down some initial lyrics. These were finished off by Bettis, and became " Goodbye to Love ". He resisted suggestions to get an experienced session player in, and instead asked Tony Peluso , whose band Instant Joy had supported the Carpenters on an earlier tour. Peluso was a typical rock guitarist and did not read music, so Richard wrote out a chord chart for him to follow.
Having been instructed to play the first five bars of the melody and then improvise, he recorded the solo in two takes. Bettis later described "Goodbye to Love" as his favorite single he has worked on in his career. The title track, a cover of a song on Leon Russell's debut album , was considered as a single, but rejected owing to its length.
It was released in September and became the Carpenters' second Billboard No. The Carpenters met the President again on April 30, , when they performed a special concert at the White House, though the event was overshadowed by the resignation of the White House Chief of Staff , Bob Haldeman , and assistant John Ehrlichman over the Watergate scandal , which would ultimately also lead to Nixon's resignation.
In , the Carpenters achieved a significant international hit with an up-tempo remake of Hank Williams's " Jambalaya On the Bayou ". Baby It's You 2. I'll Never Fall in Love Again 3. Crescent Noon 4.
Guder 5. Superstar 5. For All We Know 6. Rainy Days And Mondays 7. Touch me When We are Dancing 8. Housed in a 12" x 12" box with gold embossed titles, along with a page booklet featuring phot os and track-by-track notes. The box has some storage wear with some minor foxing, but the contents remains in a really nice condition. Apart from a very small amount of foxing on the cover, this sheet music shows few signs of its forty year. The sleeve shows just light shelfwear and despite a few light surface sc uffs, the vinyl remains in excellent condition AMLS The disc appears in unplayed condition and comes with the fold-out picture sleeve inlay featuring track by track insights, a bonus Japa nese booklet and obi-strip UICY The sleeve shows light wear with a little foxing, whilst the vinyl is Excellent with very little sign of play AML The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear with a bit of edge scuffing and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with f ew signs of play AMLHClose to You original first pressing with Ansel Adams "Preserve the Sound Outside" inner sleeve, is the second studio album by American duo The Carpenters, released on August 19, With the backing of the 'Wrecking Crew' the album was ranked number on Rolling Stone Magazine' s list of the greatest albums of all clubexandalynewlapeconmembspanat.coinfo Rating: % positive.