During my high school days (June 1970-September 1974), Karen and Richard Carpenter dominated the airwaves, and spent a whopping 71 weeks in the Top Ten. They were one of the early Two For Tuesdays, and as I said then, “A lot of times you don’t realize how much you like a group’s music until many years later.”
Ten of their songs reached the Top Ten over the period, but oddly only two of them peaked at #1. The first was “(They Long To Be) Close To You,” a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Released in May 1970, it reached the Top Ten on July 11 and was the #1 song in the country two weeks later. It spent a total of eleven weeks in the Top Ten.
Their other #1 was “Top Of The World,” a country-pop song written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis. From their 1972 album A Song For You, they hadn’t intended on releasing it as a single until Lynn Anderson recorded the song in June 1973 and it rose to #2 on the Billboard Country Singles chart. They released their version on September 19, it entered the Top Ten on November 10 and reached #1 on December 1, spending two weeks there. It spent eight weeks in the Top Ten.
The Carpenters, your Two For Tuesday, August 29, 2017. And, that’s a wrap on the “High School Days” theme. Next week, we start a new series, “The Baby Boom Years: 1946-1964.”