This article is about the song. For the album, see Close to You. Confusion
"(They Long to Be) Close to You"
Single by The Carpenters
from the album Close to You
Close to You

Front cover scan of The Carpenters' second album, Close to You.

B-side "I Kept on Loving You"
Recorded 1970
Released May 15, 1970
Length 3:46
Genre(s) Pop
Producer(s) Jack Daugherty & The Carpenters
Record label A&M Records
Letter (Make Your Own Kind of Music) Y, for "you"
Tracks from Close to You

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"Help!" (5)
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"Help!" (5)

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"Baby It's You" (7)

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Singles by The Carpenters

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"Ticket to Ride" (1969)

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"We've Only Just Begun" (1970)

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"(They Long to Be) Close to You" is The Carpenters' second official single, from their second album of the same name, Close to You. Released on May 15, 1970, "(They Long to Be) Close to You" became the Carpenters' first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

Song History Edit

"They Long to Be Close to You" was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in the early 1960s and originally recorded by artists such as Richard Chamberlain and Dionne Warwick. The song's success did not break through until 1970, when Herb Alpert felt uncomfortable with the song and requested that Richard Carpenter create an arrangement. The Carpenters subsequently took several tries and finally recorded "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (Richard had taken it upon himself to shorten the title). Carpenter believed the song would either "go stiff" or hit number one on the charts [1], and the latter came true: it would become their breakthrough hit, peaking at #1 and staying there for four weeks.

The album version features an extended ending where the song fades out and appears to end, but then Karen and Richard's overdubbed "wahhhs" continue.


  • Karen Carpenter - lead and backing vocals
  • Richard Carpenter - backing vocals, keyboards
  • Joe Osborn - bass guitar
  • Hal Blaine - drums
  • Chuck Findley - trumpets

Have a ListenEdit

Album extended versionEdit

References Edit