Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, this song became a hit thanks to The Carpenters: (They Long to Be) Close To You.
First recorded and released by actor/singer Richard Chamberlain in 1963, Bacharach fave Dionne Warwick also recorded the song for her 1964 album Make Way for Dionne Warwick.
In 1968, Bacharach recorded his own version, while Dusty Springfield also recorded the song in 1967.
In 1970, The Carpenters included it on their album Close To You, after being given the song by Herb Alpert, who decided not to release the song on his album, despite his previous hit being a Bacharach penned song.
The song and first single from the album was released in May 1970, and was The Carpenters break out hit. Quickly ascending the Billboard Hot 100 and gaining the duo their first number one song, the song stayed at the number one spot for four weeks.
The Carpenters earned a Grammy nomination for the Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus in 1971 and the song was chosen as the number two song of the year for 1970. The group’s next single from the album was also a hit – We’ve Only Just Begun.
Yet despite the success of The Carpenters with this song, it was recorded in the same time period by many other singers including Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Englebert Humperdinck and Isaac Hayes.