50th Anniversary of Carpenters “Close To You” single

Fifty years ago, on May 15th, 1970, A&M Records released Carpenters second single for the label. After the middling success of their prior attempt at a hit with “Ticket To Ride”, this one rode all the way to the top of the charts. Come visit the A&M Corner and discuss your first experience with “(They Long To Be) Close To You”.

By this time, A&M was pretty much all stereo with most of their singles. Pictured here is the rare mono promotional single issued to AM radio stations.

Randy Schmidt’s CARPENTERS: AN ILLUSTRATED DISCOGRAPHY Released

Out now is an exciting new book for Carpenters fans, a lushly illustrated discography by forum member and longtime Carpenters fan Randy Schmidt. This coffee-table presentation is chock-full of pictures, some never-before seen, interviews and facts about the discography of our favorite duo. Check it out at bookstores everywhere, or use this handy Amazon link:

https://www.amazon.com/Carpenters-Illustrated-Discography-Randy-Schmidt/dp/1643073214/

Then, join in the discussion at the A&M Corner Forum: https://forum.amcorner.com/threads/carpenters-an-illustrated-discography-new-book-by-randy-schmidt.16715/

50th Anniversary Fan Gathering

Carpenters fans from all over the world are gathering in Thousand Oaks, California to see the sites, intermingle with each other, and enjoy panel discussions with some Carpenters “Insiders”. Learn more at http://www.carpenters50th.com/index.html

And join in the discussion on A&M Corner where details and photos are sure to emerge:
https://forum.amcorner.com/threads/50th-anniversary-celebration-west-coast.15873/