In 1971, soft-pop siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter—together known as the Carpenters—were already a year out from releasing their second studio album, Close To You, whose title track, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and produced by Jack Daugherty, stayed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.
At the 13th GRAMMY Awards, "(They Long To Be) Close To You" won the Carpenters Best Contemporary Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group or Chorus. In our latest edition of GRAMMY Rewind, you can watch Karen and Richard Carpenter accept their award, giving special thanks to their producer, Daugherty.
"We still can't believe we even had a record out," Richard exclaimed onstage while accepting the award.
The duo also won Best New Artist that year. Their single, meanwhile, was nominated for Record Of The Year, while the album was nominated for Album Of The Year.