Billboard Top 40 Hits 1971: ‘Superstar’- Carpenters. September 4, 1971.
- Single: ‘Superstar’- Carpenters
- Record Company- A&M
- Genre: Pop
- Written by Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell
- Time: 3:49
- B-side: ‘Bless The Beasts and Children’
- Album- Carpenters
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #2 13 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
The Carpenters- a brother/sister duo of Richard and Karen Carpenter from New Haven, Connecticut- were on a roll at this point in time. In 1970 they had a #1 in ‘Close To You’ and a #2 in ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’- then in 1971- #3 ‘For All We Know’ and ‘Rainy Days and Monday’s’- #2- before ‘Superstar” another #2- the streak would continue into 1972 with “Hurting Each Other’ #2. The first half of the 1970’s were their peak in popularity- 3 #1’s – ‘Close To You’ 1970, ”Top Of The World” 1973 and ‘Please Mr. Postman’ 1974.
This song makes me cry every damn time.
excellent song, and they did it wonderfully. Coincidentally I included a link to a Sonic Youth cover of it on one of my blog posts today… it’s the 27th anniversary of the Carpenters tribute album coming out.
Probably my favorite Carpenters song. I did a write-up of this one a few years ago.
I think they coined the term “easy listening” for these guys.
The older I get, the more I realize what a beautiful voice Karen had.
As the years have gone by it seems like The Carpenters have gained more respect than they had 50 years ago. Great voice indeed.