10 songs that appeared on the Carpenters Greatest Hits as done by others! Nothing more, nothing less. Enjoy!

1. Andy Williams – Solitaire

The Carpenters took their version of this Neil Sedaka penned song to number 17 in the US Billboard chart and number 32 in the UK in 1975. Two years earlier, Andy Williams had taken his version to number 4 in the UK charts.

2. Lynn Anderson – Top Of The World

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Cfvs8Oj2M

This Richard Carpenter & John Bettis penned song was originally earmarked just to be a Carpenters album tracked. After Lynn Anderson covered it and had a massive hit, the Carpenters released theirs as a single.

3. Dionne Warwick – (They Long To Be) Close To You

This Bacharach and David song was first performed by Richard Chamberlain and later demoed by Dionne Warwick. The Carpenters released their version in 1971, hitting the very top of the charts for the first time.

4. Stevie Wonder – We’ve Only Just Begun

Random live performance by Stevie Wonder of one of the most famous Carpenters songs that the Carpenters didn’t compose!

5. Klaatu – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpKWYooRaG4

The Carpenters version of this song was the Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day! As for Klaatu, there once was a rumour that they were actually the Beatles in disguise – they weren’t!

6. Hank Williams – Jambalaya (On The Bayou)

Good old Hank Williams eh? Can you believe that it was as far back as 1952 he released this little ditty, which, in 1973, was covered by the Carpenters.

7. The Marvelettes – Please Mr. Postman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nuEY6fQgzk

This song was the Marvelettes debut hit in 1961. The Carpenters had a hit with it in 1975. In-between times, among others, the Beatles covered it also.

8. Red Kross – Yesterday Once More

Red Kross recorded this cover version the Carpenters classic ‘Yesterday Once More’ in 1994 for a Carpenters tribute album. It was also released as a double-A side single along with Sonic Youth’s version of ‘Superstar’. On that note,

9. Sonic Youth – Superstar

This song was actually written by Bonnie and Delaney but the Carpenters version was probably the best known. Brilliantly, Richard Carpenter changed a line in the song from ‘To sleep with you again’ to ‘to be with youagain’. Perhaps he thought it bad taste for his sister to singing the former. lol

10. Ticket To Ride – The Beatles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHPxAnt1HE8

The Carpenters covered this one in 1969 and had a minor hit, it reached a peak of number 54 in the US billboard charts.

 

P.S. This article was originally published by the same author on Triond on the 21st of October 2010 and can be found by clicking HERE.