Only Yesterday

Album: Horizon (1975)
Charted: 7 4
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  • Richard Carpenter wrote this with lyricist John Bettis. They were sure the song wouldn't be a hit, and lost a $1,000 bet to their recording engineer Roger Young when they were proven wrong. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Rick - Orange county, CA

Comments: 6

  • Lisa from North CarolinaFor Jennifer Sun:
    https://youtu.be/tKhaFIW6gWo

    There’s a good bit of info on Bob Messenger and his work with the Carpenters, if one knows where to look...
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaLike the song a lot as well. Still trying to find out any info on the guy who played on this. Last name is Messanger or Messenger.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyThis was The Carpenters lowest ranking Top 10 record; it peaked at #4, they never had a record ranking at #5 to #10. What they did have was: three No. 1s, five No. 2s, and two No. 3s!!! {Very impressive}
  • Timmyt from Brea, CaThis is by far my favorite song by Carpenters. Karen's vocal performance was outstanding. "Horizon" the album it came from is my favorite of their albums.
  • Ron from Auburndale, FlHuh? The verses are most definately Karen solo!
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThis was the only Carpenters hit song where Karen had no solo vocal parts. It is sung in three part harmony with her brother Richard. Overdubbing allowed for Karen to take two of the three parts.
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