'Close to You: Remembering The Carpenters' Special to Air on Public Television
On Saturday, the public television series, My Music, will bring viewers exclusive footage in an all-new special, Close to You: Remembering The Carpenters. Centering on the iconic pop act who brought forth hits like "Superstar," "Rainy Days and Mondays" and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," the special is jam-packed with archival footage, interviews and never-before-seen clips of the brother-sister duo.
Just ahead of the remastered Close to You: Remembering The Carpenters television debut, People premiered a never-before-seen routine of the 1971 self-titled album track, "For All We Know."
"As 'We've Only Just Begun' had peaked, Karen and I were concerned with what song should follow as a single. We had been touring almost constantly and, as a result, I had little time to be listening to, or writing, new material. We had arrived in Toronto to open the show for Engelbert Humperdink and the night before opening, it was suggested we relax by seeing a movie, Lovers And Other Strangers. As we were to discover, 'For All We Know' was written for the film," Richard Carpenter told People.
The Carpenter's popularized rendition of "For All We Know," a perfect fit for the late Karen Carpenter's deep alto tones, went on to win the Oscar for Best Song in 1970. "The recording is as fresh to me in 2015 as it was in 1970," he continued. The two continued to storm the charts in the '70s without any intention of slowing down, until Karen Carpenter died at age 32 from anorexia complications in 1983.
Jim Pierson, producer of the special, chimed in to describe "For All We Know" as "a beautiful love song with a lush arrangement by Richard Carpenter that spotlights an intimately warm vocal by his sister Karen. The song was a million-selling hit single for the brother-sister duo in 1971, the same year they won their third Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group."
Paired with the television special, Carpenters--The Complete Singles will be released as a three-CD box set containing every A and B side the "Let Me Be The One" musicians recorded to A&M records from 1969 to 1989, a press release notes. Released as a pledge gift, The Complete Singles boasts an impressive total of 66 songs.
Catch Close to You: Remembering The Carpenters, which originally aired in 1997, on Saturday, Dec. 5 via TJL Productions.