Insider Music Trivia Pop History 11-1-2015

TODAY IN POP MUSIC HISTORY
A WEDDING SONG
FOR THE AGES HIT THE AC TOP


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It started as the theme for a Crocker Citizens Bank of California commercial.
 
It ended as a Top 5 pop and AC hit…
 
… and a wedding classic…
 
 
“We’ve Only Just Begun” by the Carpenters was at its peak on the pop and Adult Contemporary (AC) charts at this time in 1970. It would spend seven weeks atop the AC chart, the most of the duo’s 15 AC chart-toppers. On the pop chart, it stalled at #2 for four weeks but was kept out of the top by two memorable #1’s…”I’ll Be There” (The Jackson Five) and “I Think I Love You” (The Partridge Family). 
 
Moreover, “We’ve Only Just Begun” proved that the Carpenters were not just a one-hit wonder. If was the followup to “Close To You,” their breakthrough hit and the #2 song of 1970 behind Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Plus, the song was only just the beginning of establishing the Carpenters as the greatest brother-sister singing duo ever….with 28 pop hits and even more on the AC chart (32).
 
According to writer Wesley Hyatt, the song was also a victory for its writers, Paul Williams and Roger Nichols. Williams joined A&M Records around 1968 as an unemployed actor. He’d frequently joke that “I came to work in a stolen car.” On his collaborations with Nichols, Williams recalled, “Almost everything we wrote was recorded–album cuts, B sides…but not singles material. After we finished the first verse, we completed the song just in case anyone wanted to record it.”
 
Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders did just that….here’s how it sounded…
 
 
Mark was embarking on a solo career with hits like “First Hymn From Grand Terrace” and “Arizona.”  Even though his version of “We’ve Only Just Begun” never really materialized as a hit, Mark nevertheless showed he had no hard feelings when he opened for the Carpenters on one of their 1971 TV shows.
 

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