“(They Long To Be) Close To You” first appeared as the flip side of Richard Chamberlain’s 1963 hit “Blue Guitar.” Who knew at the time that an obscure B side would become one of the biggest selling singles of 1970.
The Carpenters first reached the BILLBOARD Hot 100 with a cover of The Beatles “Ticket To Ride,” when it reached number 54. They decided to follow it with their version of “Close To You.” It proved to be a huge hit during the sunmer of 1970 when it topped the Hot 100 for four weeks. It also reached number one on the Adult Contemporary Chart. It made the Carpenters stars.
They would go on to place 29 songs on the pop chart during the next 11 years with three reaching number one and five reaching number two. Their popularity started with “Close To You,” which remains the biggest hit of their career.