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"(They Long to Be) Close to You"
Single by The Carpenters
from the album Close to You
A-side "(They Long to Be) Close to You"
B-side "I Kept On Lovin' You"
Released May 15, 1970
Format 7" single
Recorded 1970
Genre Pop
Length 4:33
Label A&M Records
Writer(s) Burt Bacharach; Hal David
Producer Jack Daugherty
Certification Gold single
The Carpenters singles chronology
"Ticket to Ride" (1969) "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (1970) "We've Only Just Begun" (1970)
Close to You track listing
Side one
  1. "We've Only Just Begun"
  2. "Love Is Surrender"
  3. "Maybe It's You"
  4. "Reason to Believe"
  5. "Help!"
  6. "(They Long to Be) Close to You"
Side two
  1. "Baby It's You"
  2. "I'll Never Fall in Love Again"
  3. "Crescent Noon"
  4. "Mr. Guder"
  5. "I Kept on Loving You"
  6. "Another Song"

"(They Long to Be) Close to You" is a popular song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It was first recorded by Richard Chamberlain and released as a single in 1963 as "They Long to Be Close to You," without parentheses. However, it was the single's flip side, "Blue Guitar," that became a hit. Although Richard Chamberlain recorded the first version, the tune 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, and was released as the B-side of her 1965 single "Here I Am." Bacharach released his own version in 1968. But the version recorded by The Carpenters is the most well known, which became a big hit in 1970.


The Carpenters version

In 1970, it was released by Karen and Richard Carpenter on their album Close to You, and it became their breakthrough hit. The song stayed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. Richard had stated that when Herb Alpert introduced the song to him back in early 1970, he was a bit apprehensive about the song, and didn't have confidence in it. He and Alpert collaborated on the song, and the finished product was a 4-minute, 36-second long song. When A&M Records decided to release it in May 1970, it became A&M's biggest hit since Alpert's "This Guy's in Love with You" from 1968.

With "(They Long to Be) Close to You," The Carpenters earned a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus in 1971. It became the first of three Grammy Awards they would win during their careers.



Chart (1970) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 1
Record World 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Oricon (Japanese) Singles Chart 71
UK Singles Chart 6

Other cover versions

"Close to You," Harry Connick, Jr. single (2009)


  1. ^ Harry Connick Jr. Announces New Album Produced by Clive Davis, vintageguitar.com, July 30, 2009. Accessed 2009-08-13. Archived 2009-08-15.
  2. ^ Harry Connick, Jr. - Your Songs, Barnes & Noble. Accessed 2009-08-13. Archived 2009-08-15.
Preceded by
"Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" by Three Dog Night
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 25, 1970 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"Make It With You" by Bread
Preceded by
"A Song of Joy"
RPM number-one single
August 8 - August 15, 1970
Succeeded by
"As the Years Go By" by Mashmakhan
Preceded by
"In the Summertime" by The Mixtures
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
19 October 1970 - 2 November 1970
Succeeded by
"Lookin' Out My Back Door" by Creedence Clearwater Revival


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