Product Code: DVD7278
Running Time: 100 min.
Release Date: 1/1/1900
UPC Code: 0-30306-7278-2-0
Country: United States
Region Code: 0
Close To You: Remembering The Carpenters presents the fascinating history of the top American music act of the 1970s – brother and sister duo Richard and Karen Carpenter. Featuring rare performances and extensive archival material, this special program, as seen on PBS, celebrates the timeless appeal of the Carpenters’ unique sound, from Karen’s hauntingly beautiful and expressive voice to Richard’s diverse talents as arranger, pianist, composer and producer.
Enjoy the unforgettable hits which brought the Carpenters enduring worldwide popularity – (They Long To Be) Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, For All We Know, Rainy Days And Mondays, Superstar, Hurting Each Other, Goodbye To Love, Yesterday Once More, Top Of The World, Only Yesterday, Touch Me When We’re Dancing, Ticket To Ride, Bless The Beasts &Children and Merry Christmas Darling – plus Karen and Ella Fitzgerald singing This Masquerade and a long-lost excerpt of Dancing In The Street from the Carpenters’ first national television appearance.
Among the friends and associates who pay tribute to the extraordinary career of Richard and his late sister Karen are Herb Alpert, Burt Bacharach, Petula Clark, Les Paul, Paul Williams and members of the Carpenters’ band. This expanded collector’s edition of Close To You: Remembering The Carpenters contains previously unavailable bonus footage – including the songs (A Place To) Hideaway and Ave Maria, interview segments and other extras exclusive to home release.
The Carpenters’ worldwide sales exceed over 100 million records, tapes and compact discs. In the US alone, ten of their singles are “gold” million-sellers, and eight of their albums have been certified “gold” (with six rating “platinum” and four rating “multi-platinum”).
Internationally, the Carpenters have amassed numerous hits and dozens of gold and platinum records in such countries as the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Holland, Australia, Denmark, South Africa, Hong Kong and Germany. From Japan, Richard Carpenter was presented the Grand Prix Award for the Best-selling International Album of 1996 (Twenty-Two Greatest Hits Of The Carpenters).
According to the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart listings, the Carpenters rank as the top American recording act of the 1970s. From 1970-1976, the duo achieved an impressive string of 16 consecutive Top 20 singles.
The Carpenters earned 12 Grammy nominations between 1970-1977 and won three: Best New Artist (1970); Best Contemporary Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus — Close To You (1970); Best Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus —Carpenters album, (1971). Additional awards received by the Carpenters include: the Billboard 1971 Trendsetter Award; the 1971 American Guild of Variety Artists Musical Group of the Year Award; the 1973 American Music Award for Favorite Pop Group; the 1974 &1975 Radio Programmers of America Favorite Singles Act and Favorite Album Act Awards.
The Carpenters starred in five ABC-TV specials: The Carpenters First Special (1976); The Carpenters At Christmas (1977); Space Encounters (1978); A Christmas Portrait (1978); and Music, Music, Music (1980). They also starred in the 1971 NBC-TV summer series, Make Your Own Kind Of Music, and made guest appearances on The Carol Burnett Show, The Bob Hope Specials, The Tonight Show, American Bandstand, This Is Your Life, The Ed Sullivan Show, Evening At Pops, The Perry Como Christmas Show and many other programs.
The Karen Carpenter Story (1989) was the highest-rated CBS-TV movie of the season. The Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the campus of California State University at Long Beach opened in October, 1994. The state-of-the-art facility is named for Richard and Karen Carpenter, two of the university’s most famous alumni who have pursued careers in the arts and entertainment. The center was made possible through donations by Richard Carpenter and other individuals.
2. Yesterday Once More
3. Dancing In The Street
4. Ticket To Ride
5. (They Long To Be) Close To You
6. We’ve Only Just Begun
7. For All We Know
8. Bless The Beasts And Children
9. Rainy Days And Mondays
11. Hurting Each Other
12. Goodbye To Love
13. Top Of The World
14. The Story Continues
15. Only Yesterday
16. Merry Christmas Darling
17. This Masquerade
18. Touch Me When We’re Dancing
20. (They Long To Be) Close To You
21. End Credits
22. Encore Program
23. (A Place To) Hideaway
24. Potato Chip Commercial
25. Ave Maria
26. TV Special Promo
27. Bonus Material
-At the White House
-Soda Pop Commercials
Interactive menus, chapter search, english, spanish and french language tracks, dolby digital stereo, photo gallery, discography, previously unreleased TV and radio jingles, the Carpenters at the White House.